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Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Richenda Court
  • Course Code W22PTGA01B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Broaden your knowledge of relief printmaking on this Monday evening course which will take a close look at linocut. Expert knowledge will be given by the tutor on the finer details of relief printmaking drawing inspiration from artists who work in a painterly way i.e. Hughie O’Donoghue. Open to beginners and more advanced students learn how to mix inks, work effectively with the linocut tools and master the art of registration. In the first stage, beginners will create a single colour linocut learning the basics of lino cutting, mixing colours and working on the relief press. The second stage will be creating a large square linocut which will be the key block. The third stage experimenting with a variety of ways to make different backgrounds for the key block i.e.. Cutting out stencils and using this to make multi coloured backgrounds. For returning students the emphasis will be looking at how to make linocut prints experimenting with caustic etched lino. Caustic etched lino is when a solution is applied to the lino which breaks the surface of the lino which when ink is applied creates a painterly effect. Resists can be added to the procedure to make rich marks enhancing the effect. The caustic etched lino can be used either as the main plate or a background to a cut piece of lino. There will be tutorials and group discussions throughout the term where students are encouraged to discuss their work and participate in one to one tutorials. Students will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook providing stimulation and inspiration for their work. An outside group gallery visit will be arranged for all students to reinforce techniques studied in the class. Following on from this course, in the summer term on a Monday evening, the emphasis will be on project based work. The projects can either be set by the student or set by the tutor in either relief or intaglio printmaking techniques.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • make a range of printmaking plates and blocks and print them in different ways
  • work towards a themed project, set by the individual or tutor
  • become familiar with the different qualities of lino
  • develop skills, personal visual language and critical decision making
  • use equipment and tools safely in accordance with health and safety advice given by the tutor


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is both in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis, with technical and critical advice offered depending on your needs. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions. All students record and assess progress via a Learning Statement. This course is suitable for beginner students as well as more experienced printmakers. Beginner students are those with little or no knowledge of printmaking and returning students are classified as those who have attended previous printmaking courses at Morley College or equivalent courses elsewhere.

    Entry requirements

    No previous experience of printmaking is necessary, but an interest in, or experience of drawing or design is useful. The tutor is always happy to provide drawing guidance if required and build on skills in this area. Alternatively you may have some previous experience and wish to renew and develop your knowledge of one or more of the printmaking techniques available. For more experienced or returning students the class can be used as a continuation from term one, with one to one support from the tutor.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Health & Safety information will be given at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow procedures as advised. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy, and some may cause irritation in very rare cases. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant or have any sensitivies and they will advise you as to necessary precautions. Note: at present there is no wheelchair access to the print studio, and the studios are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. If you have any mobility issues please contact the department prior to enrolling

    What you need

    Please bring: pencils, a small paintbrush and a sketchbook and/ or notebook. Relief cutting or other printmaking tools if you have them. Please bring in your own apron and rubber gloves. The course fee includes most studio consumables (ink, cleaning materials, solvents etc) but you will have to pay for paper, etching plates/ lino blocks etc. These are available to buy in the department at cost price. Further requirements will be discussed at the first and subsequent classes.

    What you can do next

    Following on from this course the summer term will take a close look at developing personal projects through print, course code W22PTGA01C