When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Brian McKenzie
  • Course Code W22PTGE03D
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Viscosity prints are often really amazing, dynamic and strongly colourful artworks. This unusual process relies on careful control of ink stickiness, plate making and image concept. On this course you’ll start with viscosity monoprinting then broaden your understanding and skills, applying them to making hand-constructed collagraph and small etched zinc plates. Experiment with materials, colour and process. Beginners, intermediate and advanced students work and learn together in a friendly, vibrant, well equipped studio environment. Students are welcome to pursue their own printmaking projects assisted by the tutor who aims to help everyone gain deep understanding, confidence and a full outlet for their creative vision in a wide range of wonderful printmaking processes.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • understand and execute the viscosity printing process
  • broaden existing skills by developing personal printmaking projects
  • develop a personal visual language and strengthen critical decision making
  • use the printmaking equipment and workshop safely
  • engage in group crits, projects, demonstrations and discussions around technique, and other students work


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Students will be making blocks, plates and prints and use the studio equipment needed to do this. Teaching is both in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis, with technical and critical advice depending on your needs. The tutor will give some demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions.

    Entry requirements

    No previous experience of printmaking is necessary, but an interest, or experience of drawing or design is useful. You may have some previous experience and want to develop and practice your own choice of technique as a printmaker.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    The teaching does not include lithography. 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. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions. Some of the presses and processes require physical strength; the tutor will assist if you need help. 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. Note: There is no wheelchair access to the studio.

    What you need

    You could well need pencils, a variety of paintbrushes, a sketchbook or notebook and a portfolio.

    What you can do next

    You can enrol on any of the subsequent Beginners courses, Mixed Levels or All Levels courses on any day. There are other courses dealing with different techniques with the same tutor in following terms. There are also various short courses, which generally focus on single techniques. Please talk to your tutor for more advice on what to do next. You might join another class and focus on your particular choices of favourite technique only.