When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W22PTGE02D
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This exciting course will explore intaglio printmaking- drypoint and painterly etching techniques alongside collagraph and carborundum. This term will focus particularly on colour printing, colour overlays from different plates, chine collee and colour mixing- a fabulous opportunity to explore how different techniques can be used to build layers of colour in your images. The tutors will suggest a theme to work to, which will provide a focus for exploration and discussion.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • make intaglio prints using drypoint, etching techniques including sugarlift and aquatint, plus carborundum and collagraph
  • build on printmaking skills, develop personal visual language and critical decision making skills
  • participate and engage with your peer group in group crit, projects, demonstrations and discussions in order to progress in your work
  • build technical knowledge, and professional expertise in the safe use of printmaking equipment and the print workshop
  • explore artists work through study visits and research to support and enrich your own work


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The class is taught by two tutors. Teaching will include projects, demonstration group crit, peer review. You will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook to support the development of ideas and to record technical information. Tutorial will happen in group work and one-to-one. Personal time to explore and develop your own work.

    Entry requirements

    This class is open to all students. An interest in drawing and exploration will be useful. You should be up for joining in group work, crits and projects and want to engage in a process of research and reflection in order to develop your work as an artist and printmaker as well as possible.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Health and 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.

    What you need

    Please bring to the first class: pencils, pens, and a sketchbook. Protective clothing for printmaking is provided, or you can bring 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

    You will benefit from continuing on this course for one year in order to build your printmaking skills and continue to develop ideas. Students who enrol for all 3 terms will have the opportunity to exhibit work together at the end of Term 3.