What is the course about?
This is a ten week course aimed at exploring and combining a range of traditional and experimental woodcut and linocut printing techniques and materials to create rich layered prints.
You will be guided through these traditional relief techniques and then encouraged to experiment and combine methods, materials and layered imagery to create a final print.
What will we cover?
Traditional and contemporary experimental approaches to relief printing including:
• Woodcut Printing- Tools, materials, inks, papers, hand printing and using the printing press
• Linocut Printing- Tools, materials, cutting and etching plates, hand printing and using the printing press
• Using stencils, jigsaw cutting, mono-type and other surfaces to create interesting ink layers.
• Inking using single colours, multiple colour printing and blend rolls.
• Combining techniques and materials to make multiple layered prints.
• Using a registration sheet to correctly line up multiple block prints.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Use cutting tools safely and confidently to create a variety of marks on wood and lino
• Practice caustic lino etching safely and effectively
• Print a wood and lino block by hand and using the printing press
• Use stencils, monotype and inking techniques in combination with wood and linocut blocks
• Make and use a registration template for multiple block printing
• Use the print studio independently and safely.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of relief, woodblock or linocut printmaking is necessary. If you have some printmaking experience you will be given the opportunity to broaden and extend your work by using these techniques.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Talks, demonstrations, group discussion, practical work and individual tutoring will all take place in the class.
Information for further reading and resources will be given should learners wish to continue research outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials will be provided. It would be useful to bring along sketches or a sketchbook or photographic material you may wish to work with.
Donations of lint free rags for cleaning and newspapers are always welcome.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you are interested in pursuing printmaking as a way of developing personal projects at a higher level within a group whilst also researching contemporary print practice and networks then
City Lit Printmaking Course (VS905/VS986) would be an excellent choice.
Alternatively a specialist technique courses such as Cut, Stab and Etch; printmaking with linocuts (VS872) or Experimental screen-printing and mixed media (VS883) would challenge your thinking about creating images afresh.
If you wish to embed printmaking within a broader practice then the City Lit Fine Art course (VM550 ) or the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (VA654) might be a good choice for you.