Developing personal printmaking projects
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VS929
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Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Learn or develop a range of printmaking techniques through practical experience and experimentation. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.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...
- 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 more 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 in order to develop your practice or perhaps focus on one technique or process. We offer a one year printmaking course (VS986) for advanced learners that can be applied for having built a portfolio on this course. Alternatively, we offer a variety of printmaking process short courses to focus on your specialism. Your tutor can advise.
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: www.suebakerkenton.com 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.