What is the course about?
Each week we will focus on a different printmaking technique. By trying each of these, hands on, you will gain a broad practical overview of how prints are made and have experience of processes you may wish to develop further.
What will we cover?
Over the five weeks you will try five different printmaking techniques:
- Simple screen-print
- You will learn about the materials, tools and safe working practice for each one.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Make prints in the following ways:
- Etch on metal and print the resulting plate
- Lino printing
- Make a simple stencil-based screen-print
- Make a mono-prints in different ways
- Use the various presses and related equipment and materials safely.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for anyone who would like to gain an insight into the various printmaking techniques we cover on longer courses in short, practical, ‘have a go’ sessions. Basic drawing skills would be an advantage.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstrations and personal application of different aspects of the media will be offered as you advance in knowledge and competence. Beginners will make test plates of all the procedures as a prelude to developing their own ideas and imagery.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee covers some basic materials such as inks, acids and white spirit. Please bring rags for cleaning (optional). Please bring sketches, photographs or other visual resources as a starting point to the first session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You could go on to study the subject at more advanced levels on full or part-time courses, or may be encouraged to strengthen your skills in other areas, particularly in drawing, via many courses at City Lit.