Printmaking workshop: complete a personal project

Course Dates: 13/06/19 - 11/07/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Sue Baker Kenton

This course allows you time for sustained, practice based research in the print studio. You will be able to realise a personal project with guidance from the tutor. The course enables experimentation, research and the consolidation of technical skills. You can work using both relief and intaglio process in all their forms also silkscreen and extend these ‘off the wall’ if appropriate to your project.


What is the course about?

Enabling you to develop your ideas using personal sources, experimentation and research to realise an original project through sustained practical investigation.

You will be technically and conceptually supported with individual guidance from the tutor as you pursue your project.

What will we cover?

• Research/idea development/ planning
Looking at Artists using print and Contemporary print practice
• Experimentation and building technical skills
You will build upon previous printmaking experience, as well as continuing with experimentation, and with the option of more advanced techniques as relevant to you.
• Production and editing
• Project realisation
• Presentation, informal reviews and reflection.

Processes on offer and supported:
Monotype, drypoint, etching, carborundum, linocut, silkscreen, waterless litho, photopolymer and plate lithography (NB: previous experience is essential here as the process is too complex to be taught to beginners).

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

For intermediate learners:
• explore personal imagery through various printmaking processes
• engage in advanced technical processes
• develop the content of your work further.
• plan, research and execute a personal project

For advanced learners:
• explore personal imagery through various printmaking processes
• engage in advanced technical processes
• develop the content of your work further.
• plan, research and execute a personal project to a high level
• reflect upon this constructively this as part of your ongoing enquiry.

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

This course is most suitable for those with basic printmaking skills and those with an ongoing creative practice and experience of sustained personal projects but new to printmaking.

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.
If your project develops and you undertake a process new to you, then the making of a test plate and time to experiment is recommended.

The course is about developing a personal project therefore independent work is very much up to the individual, however, some preparation tasks – making drawings, cutting stencils, planning images, reviewing proofs etc – are useful if you want to maximise your output in the studio.

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

The course fee covers the basic materials such as inks, acids, solvents and proofing papers and an allocation of printing plates/ blocks.

Donations of lint free rags for cleaning and newspapers are always welcome.
Please bring sketches, photographs, images of previous projects or other visual resources as a starting point to 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
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 screenprinting 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 and Design (VA654) might be a good choice for you.

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


Book your place

Course Code: VS929

Thu, day, 13 Jun - 11 Jul '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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

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