Printmaking studio: all levels

Course Dates: 11/06/19 - 16/07/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Simon Burder

Explore and develop personal work in intaglio and relief printmaking. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.


What is the course about?

Learn or develop a range of printmaking techniques through practical experience and experimentation. Gain experience in using the printmaking studio and associated tools and materials safely and effectively. You will be able to develop your images from personal sources and projects and discover how printmaking can have a transformative effect on your initial sketches, designs or ideas.

What will we cover?

If you are new to printmaking, you will learn a range of techniques such as lino printing, drypoint, collograph and etching by taking a step by step approach to methods and an experimental approach to image making.
Intermediate and advanced learners will be able to work to self-directed projects with expert guidance and will be encouraged to build on previous experience, as well as continuing with experimentation and image development. Advanced techniques such as photo etching and multi-plate printing will be introduced to learners with previous experience.

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.

For intermediate and advanced learners:
- explore personal imagery through various printmaking processes
- engage in advanced technical processes
- develop the content of your work further.

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

The course is suitable for all levels of ability.

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. Basic drawing skills would be an advantage.

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 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.

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

The Printmaking studio: all levels courses run each term, so you may wish to repeat this multi- level course several times in order to develop your practice or perhaps focus on one technique or process. We offer an exciting one year printmaking course (VS905/986) for advanced learners that culminates in an offsite group exhibition. Alternatively, we offer a screen printing specialism.

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


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Really good introduction to various printmaking techniques. Made me realise that I came to the course with little understanding of printmaking.
The six hour sessions enabled everyone to produce some good work.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/04/2019)
I have really enjoyed this course, and feel it has been an excellent introduction to a wide range of different printmaking techniques. It is works well both for the beginner under the eagle eye of the tutor, or for the more experienced printer doing your own projects.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
Really enjoyable for mixed ability. Lots to learn and as the weeks progressed good opportunity to experiment with your own ideas.
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Review by DM / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
This course is an eye opener revealing a number of different printing methods with a hugely experienced and knowledgeable teacher. Be aware the course requires reserves of physical strength to cope with the printing presses which are heavy. It gave me an insight into which printing methods I would like to pursue further (and which I would not!).
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Review by Tamara / (Posted on 28/11/2018)
A fantastic introduction to a wide range of printmaking techniques - you can follow the programme or dip in and out, always receiving personal guidance and advice. As an experienced printer I still learned new techniques and new ways to expand and explore my creative work further.
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Review by Linda J / (Posted on 14/12/2017)
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Course Code: VS753

Started Tue, day, 11 Jun - 16 Jul '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £329.00
Senior fee: £263.00
Concession: £201.00

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