Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on developing techniques

Course Dates: 11/10/22 - 13/12/22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy, lithography and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome.
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Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £487.00

Course Code: VS742

Available start dates 

Tue, day, 11 Oct - 13 Dec '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Discover and develop skills in a range of printmaking processes through practical experience and experimentation in a friendly and supportive environment. Learn how the different processes work and build on your experience to explore the creative potential of appropriate printmaking techniques to transform your own images, designs, ideas or projects.
Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can extend their knowledge of processes, while developing personal projects with expert guidance.

What will we cover?

If you are new to printmaking, you will learn a range of processes such as linocut, collagraph, drypoint, etching and lithography, taking a step by step approach to techniques while exploring your own image making.
More experienced learners will be encouraged to extend their skills and knowledge of printmaking with expert guidance, including techniques such as multi-plate colour printing or photo etching, building on previous experience to develop personal projects or imagery.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

For beginners:
- etch on metal using a variety of processes
- prepare and use lino and card as printing blocks for relief and intaglio
- prepare paper for printing
- print blocks and plates to good standards in monochrome and colour.
- Use the printmaking studio and associated tools and materials safely and effectively

For more experienced learners:
- consolidate existing technical skills
- use more complex technical processes
- develop personal imagery through appropriate printmaking processes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English for both health and safety purposes and to enable you to follow printmaking procedures. You should be able to take short written notes for your own use and occasionally make simple measurements using a ruler. You should have some IT skills to be able to access online resources and college email. Basic drawing skills would be an advantage.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstrations, practical work in the various processes developing at your own pace, individual and group discussion of work in progress, reference to historical and contemporary artists’ prints, handouts and further resources on Google Classroom. Preparatory work can be continued outside of the class, but is not required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course fee covers basic materials such as inks, a standard quality paper and general communal workshop sundries. A limited amount of zinc etching plate can be purchased at cost in the class. Please bring sketches, photographs or other visual resources as a starting point to the first session.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get 15% LGC discount, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This printmaking studio course runs each term, so you may wish to repeat this multi- level course in order to develop your practice or perhaps focus on one technique or process. Alternatively, we offer specialist courses in specific processes such as linocut, lithography and screen printing. Your tutor can advise. General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Simon Burder Tutor Website

Simon teaches printmaking and drawing at City Lit, with an interest in observational and technical skills. He studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and lithography at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and has been teaching printmaking, drawing and his specialism of lithography for many years at art schools, adult education colleges and independent community print workshops, including Oaks Editions Lithography Studio, his studio at Oaks Park near Carshalton. His prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Bankside Gallery, London, and the International Lithography Symposium, Tidaholm, Sweden, and are in the collections of the British Library, Cambridge University Library and Aberystwyth University, amongst others. He has also contributed to 'Printmaking Today' magazine, written two chapters on landscape and abstraction in 'Drawing and Painting - Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists', Thames and Hudson, 2015, and translated the English edition of 'Kitchen Litho', Atelier Kitchen Print, France, 2016.

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.