Contemporary Printmaking and Digital Practice
Time: 14:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This advanced course explores the creative potential of combined digital and print media within a contemporary printmaking practice. It is designed to encourage printmakers and digital artists to develop their interdisciplinary thinking, and to instigate a dialogue, through practice, across both traditional and contemporary forms, in order to discover new advanced practical and conceptual levels and dimensions to their creative practice.
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Course Code: VS500
Duration: 30 sessions (over 38 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is predicated on interdisciplinary practices, exploring methods that utilise both traditional and contemporary techniques, across print and digital media – with the primary focus on the development of a cross-platform creative practice, and the discovery of new working processes in pursuit of your creative aims.
What will we cover?
You will explore the dialogue between analogue and digital printmaking processes, through a range of approaches as appropriate to your ideas. This will involve digital image manipulation, for example through Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, or Rhino, and possibly other open-source software, and a combination of autographic and photo-based processes such as photolithography, screen printing, cyanotype, or block/relief. As part of this course, you will also have the opportunity to explore your ideas through 3D printing, laser cutting, bookbinding and moving image, and to investigate how they contribute to the development of a personally-relevant contemporary interdisciplinary practice.
As an example, you might start with a moving image artwork, which you process digitally as a sequence of still images to be laser-cut onto traditional wood blocks, which are then relief printed into publications or book-forms, which are then overprinted with screen-printed imagery generated from objects scanned into 3D software… the point is that the course is designed to open pathways through and between traditional and digital processes, in both directions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use digital software/hardware in conjunction with traditional printmaking processes to develop your own creative practices
- command greater technical and creative control over your individual art practice, across a range of media and techniques, combining digital and manual processes
- take advantage of and expand on the fresh possibilities within your printmaking practice and the creative exploration of technologies, both new and longstanding.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course, the aim of which is to encourage the development of an advanced conceptual understanding of, and approach to, the dialogue between multiple areas of printmaking practice, and to support you in the development of a sustained, individual interdisciplinary printmaking practice. The course also has an online component, and it is recommended that you have a laptop/computer so that you can work/study independently outside of the classroom. You will find the course easier in the early stages if you have used a print room before, but a high level of proficiency is not as important as an openness to learning and experimentation. Your tutors will guide you through the various processes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught a combination of theoretical and practical skills in the City Lit digital lab and the print studio. The course will consist of technical demonstrations, practical work, lectures and presentations, group discussion and tutor/peer feedback. There will be recommended visits to galleries/exhibitions in London, and recommended viewing/online research, in your own time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
If your work involves photography, you will need to use your own camera or phone (as appropriate to your needs). You may wish to work on your own laptop/tablet and software, for the digitally focused components of the course. If your finished work involves materials other than screen or paper-based forms; you may need to source materials for yourself, through advice/guidance from course tutors. City Lit does not provide the Adobe Creative Cloud or any other software licences for use outside of the classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Suitable progression routes from this course include other advanced City Lit courses: City Lit fine art; Developing art practice; Contemporary practice: personal project. Other options include application to HE courses (BA/MA) in relevant subject specialisms, or professional/commercial practice in fine art media.
In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, you will find a new and growing range of professional practice workshops in the school of Visual Arts, aimed at providing support, skills and context, and developing communities of practice. These workshops can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of a modular course, which you design for yourself; either way, they are there to provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.