Printmaking portfolio: personal projects

Course Dates: 13/06/21 - 18/07/21
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Explore new ways to push and develop mixed-media printmaking with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Combine print processes to develop composite and layered contemporary prints. Work towards the production of a printmaking portfolio and take those next steps in becoming a confident printmaker.
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Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00

Course Code: VS910

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Sun, day, 13 Jun - 18 Jul '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Enabling you to develop your ideas using personal sources, and experimentation . You will be shown how to create multi-media prints from your own imagery, re-invigorating the image and creating new textures and layers. Photo screen and photo-litho are hugely creative tools and very adaptable for scale and colour. Use them to overlay, to stencil and collage in a vibrant contemporary style.

What will we cover?

-How to develop and incorporate photographic, drawn and painted elements into your work.
- How to prepare art work either drawn or by scanning and manipulating images on the computer using Adobe Photoshop.

Basic silkscreen & photo-plate lithography skills
- How to prepare and print photo-litho plates
- Screenprint -monotype techniques - working with transparent layers/stencils/directly drawn marks
- How to prepare, expose and print photo-screens
- How to screen print on to paper and other surfaces.
- Registration

- Combine processes including silkscreen and photo-lithography in a playful, experimental way. To expand your notions of image making.

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

- Expose and develop a photo litho plate
- Ink up the plate and print successfully

- Coat a silkscreen with a photo sensitive emulsion & expose it
- Understand how to create drawn material suitable for photo processes
- Use Photoshop to develop imagery for photo processes
- Print mono-screens using stencils & hand drawn marks
- understand the principles of basic colour theory
- Print silkscreen using transparent & opaque layers of overprinting

- Gain a good understanding of how to register and overprint

- Make artwork using both processes employing different methods and images to print in a combination of different ways.
- understand the importance of balance and content when working with layers.

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

All levels are welcome. The course is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced printmakers who want to try out new ideas. You should be able to follow verbal instructions and follow demonstrations. Basic Photoshop skills and a knowledge of digital photography would be beneficial.

This course is open for all however if you are a complete beginner you may wish to do one of the introductory courses first.
To build a basic knowledge of image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop –this short online course is recommended.

More advanced students will be guided to develop personal projects alongside the course material.

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

Demonstration will be given to enable you to understand the techniques
And instructions on how to use the equipment

There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience initially students will be put into pairs to maximise on practical development through discussion, show and tell and group crit. The tutor will facilitate group discussions, and work with students one-to-one and in groups.

Some home work will be applicable.

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

All basic materials are provided. It is recommended that you bring visual source material i.e. photos, postcards sketchbooks, drawings as inspiration.
An ‘art’ pencil case (Pencils, eraser, pens, permanent marker, ruler etc) , note pads, apron, brushes varying sizes (House decorating Brushes are good) rubber gloves.

You will be provided with paper to print on but if you wish to print on other materials e.g. fabrics, mirrored papers etc. you will be expected to bring your own.
We can discuss these materials in the first session.

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
VS986. City Lit Advanced Printmaking
VS500 City Lit Advanced Print and Media
would be an excellent choice.

Alternatively visit the website for shorter more process led courses

If you wish to embed printmaking within a broader practice then the City Lit Fine Art course or the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design might be a good choice for you.

Sue Baker Kenton

Sue Baker Kenton is an artist for whom drawing is pivotal and whose practise engages with the analogue nature and material resistance of traditional print processes in a digital world. Since graduating her MA Printmaking she has received Arts Council funding for individual research into Lithography at the Curwen Print Study Centre and in 2016 she was appointed etching fellow at Royal Academy Schools, Piccadilly, London. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in public and private collections including Victoria & Albert Museum, Word & Image department. Sue regularly undertakes research trips and residencies, these inform the sessions she teaches with an ethos of purposeful play and enquiry. Her experience of comparative process and her engagement with contemporary practice brings a dialogue to her teaching that is both specific and collaborative. Sue Baker Kenton teaches primarily on the advanced programme at City Lit and at several specialist printmaking organisations. For more information please visit: Instagram: Sue_bkstudio

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.