When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Michelle Avison
  • Course Code W23PTGE03E
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Creative fun with simple cardboard plates that can be used to explore relief and intaglio printmaking, colour layering and jigsawing plates. The class is suitable for beginners as a great way to start printmaking, and intermediate and advanced students who want to explore an experimental way of working.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • use cardboard plates to make intaglio and relief prints
  • shape and cut the cardboard to explore the physical possibilities of it to emboss, explore composition, exploit the surface and edges
  • share ideas with 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
  • build on printmaking skills, develop personal visual language and critical decision making skills


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The class is taught by two tutors. Teaching will include demonstration, group discussion and 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. There may be external visits and visiting tutors. 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, discussions 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, scissors, craft knife or scalpel 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 cardboard and printing paper etc. The cardboard is reasonably priced and you can also use card from cartons, for example cereal packets. Further requirements will be discussed at the first and subsequent classes.

    What you can do next

    The Tuesday morning classes are designed to provide interesting ways to explore printmaking suitable for both beginners and more experienced students. The next class after this one, W22PTGA27A, Tuesday Morning Printmaking: Exploring Monoprint is another opportunity to work in one technique for a number of weeks, and to really find out as much as you can about that technique.