Printmaking and Bookbinding
Prints are always a result of a journey, from an initial idea, to information gathering and finally the realisation of an image. Focusing on progressing one or two prints, this term will look at students working on self-directed projects with individual tuition, advice and guidance from the tutor. Set in a calm environment, there will be progressive steps to help each student and take them on a journey to collate and consolidate their ideas. Each student will either propose their own project or be set a project directed from the tutor. In the past a set project by the tutor included focussing on one past master printmaker, Edward Bawden, and thereafter exploring the technique and picture making qualities, using this as a starting point . A similar project will be proposed at the beginning of the term. Beginner students will look at creating a composition suitable for either linocut or etching. Drawing , compositional tasks will be set by the tutor before the deciding on the final image. Close technical guidance will be given thereafter to produce the print. For returning students, there will be an emphasis on creating a print which will include two or more printmaking techniques in one image i.e. linocut and etching or linocut and woodcut. Close guidance will be given to explore a variety of printmaking techniques and support on a one to one basis and through group discussion. Students will be encouraged to visit galleries throughout the term and gain in depth knowledge of contemporary printmaking practices.
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.
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.
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
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.
In the summer there are various printmaking courses in the Summer School. The Monday Evening course autumn term will continue in September 2022 with a close look at etching. The course code is W23PTGA01A