What is the course about?
This course provides an ideal opportunity for more advanced learners to explore and experiment further and/or to complete ongoing printmaking projects. The course will help you consolidate and deepen your understanding and skills in multiple intaglio processes and techniques. You will be encouraged to develop your own projects, ideas and images and gain in practical experience.
What will we cover?
• Research elements that include: idea development, planning, referencing contemporary print practice, and awareness of listings such as print workshops and open call exhibitions
• Build on previous printmaking experience to develop intaglio processes and techniques
• Experiment and build technical skills and engage with techniques relevant to your practice
• Identify and apply colour techniques and processes to best develop and express ideas and imagery
• Explore and engage with advanced technical skills including intaglio colour techniques, multi-plate printing, advanced aquatint techniques, hybrid prints, and printing onto a variety of substrates
• Print plates to a high standard utilising inking, wiping and registration techniques and skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explore and develop ideas and personal projects through a variety of printmaking processes
• Engage in advanced technical processes
• Develop the content of your work further through research
• Use a range of materials and tools to create plates/blocks for printing
• Prepare paper for printing
• Safely use the intaglio and relief presses
• Plan, research and execute a personal print project to a high level.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at intermediate/experienced printmakers, and those with recent printmaking experience who will gain from the opportunity to broaden and extend their work.
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?
Demonstration and practical application supported by written instructions.
Procedures will be demonstrated through illustrated talks and examples of different print media will be shown and discussed. Instruction will be given on a range of processes and techniques through practical demonstrations supported by written information and individual and group guidance from the tutor and informal reviews of work-in-progress as the course progresses.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee covers most materials including inks, chemicals, tools, proofing paper, and an allocation of printing plates/blocks. Good quality specialist paper for printing can be purchased at cost in the class, as can a limited amount of extra zinc plate for etching. Please bring to the first session sketches, photographs or other visual resources as a starting point. You are strongly encouraged to bring any previously worked plates/blocks that you may wish to develop further.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Progression to intermediate/advanced courses you may be interested in: Printmaking studio: advanced (VS406), Masterclass: Photoetching (VS762 ) Masterclass: Drypoint (VS008) Masterclass: Etching (VS017) or maybe you’d like to try a drop-in session which offers the chance to use the print studio facilities to work on personal projects in Printmaking Club.(VS301/VS302/VS303)
For printmakers wishing to develop a sustained personal project you may be interested in the year-long Advanced Fine Art Printmaking course ( VS905 & VS986).
Alternatively, you wish to embed printmaking within a broader creative practice the UAL Foundation in Art and design or City Lit Fine Art Course might be for you.