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During the Spring term beginners will explore a variety of lino techniques including single, two colour and reduction linocut. More advanced students will explore all these techniques and progress to a multi coloured large lino print. Taking a closer look at linocut the Monday Evening Class will look at the finer details of relief printmaking drawing inspiration from artists including Picasso, Tom Hammick and Eileen Cooper. Open to beginners and more advanced students learn how to mix inks, work effectively with the linocut tools and master the art of registration under expert tuition. 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 two colour lincocut. The third stage will be advancing to a reduction linocut in three colours. For returning students the emphasis will be looking at how to make linocut prints experimenting with reduction linocut and colour. 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.
The teaching of the course will be as a group and on a one to one basis giving individual attention to all students. The tutor will give clear demonstrations in relief processes. There will be an opportunity for group and critical discussions. The teaching of the course is organised in a way where interactive group discussions are encouraged and one to one tutorials are offered for more personal individual attention. As adults there is flexibility and understanding within the class with the main purpose of bringing out the very best in students by having fun and sharing creativity within the realms of professional knowledge. .
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.
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 sensitivities 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.
All materials are provided in the course although there will be a small charge for lino and paper, tissue. On the first day, it will be helpful for students to bring along a sketchbook, portfolio, if they have them, apron and drawing materials i.e. a variety of pencils 2B-6B, rubber, pencil sharpener. Drawing skills are always helpful however the tutor is happy to offer guidance and support if required.
Richenda Court is a practising professional artist and member of the Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers. Richenda teaches a regular printmaking class on Monday evenings. Her next course will be starting in the Spring and the course code is W23PTGA01B , the focus of the course will be on relief printmaking. There are other classes throughout the week in the department where you can continue to make relief prints and explore other techniques.