Get skills in: printmaking with plaster plates
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VS134
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Exploring 3 dimensional outcomes for traditional printmaking plates: surface, materials and relief.
What will we cover?
session1 – Making and proofing traditional plates
Session includes; creating digital files/ making photo/ intaglio plates
session 2 – Inking and casting plates
Session includes; inking, casting - 3+ intaglio plates.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Understand the principles used in creating digital acetates for photo-intaglio plates
• Recognise, ink and print an intaglio plate
• Operate the Rochat and Littlejohn presses safely
• Demonstrate the skills used casting a traditional plate to create a low relief.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for intermediate students. (those with limited printmaking skills and more experienced printmakers who want to try out new ideas)
There is a digital element to this course, therefore either previous printmaking experience or basic photoshop skills would enable you to make the most of this course.
You should be able to follow verbal instructions and follow demonstrations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals.
There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience therefore group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Small preparation tasks between each session are useful as this will maximise your time.
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 for new plates. You are welcome to bring along existing plates that you may feel are suitable for embossing or casting. Additionally, you can bring some digital images (text and/or photographic) on a USB
A note pad and a black permanent marker / sharpie are extremely useful.
No open toed footwear please.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
After this course you may want to consider trying other photographic print processes, a more general print course, the upcoming VS987 Experimental etching (to develop heavily textured intaglio plates which you can cast at home) or attending the City Lit Print Club.
Rolina E. Blok is an artist of Dutch/Romanian origin based in London. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a speciality in Contemporary Approaches to Printmaking. Blok’s practice expands into the digital realm as well as printmaking, sculpture, performance art and curating. Blok is part of the Visual Arts team at City Lit and is currently a Screenprint Fellow at the Royal Academy. I think that working with the other tutors we can inspire and help the students advance in their practice and explore the creative potential within combined digital and print media. I am an advocate for experimentation and would like to instigate conversations surrounding the relationship between the physical realm and the digital world. The method is the vessel for the message to be portrayed. From pixel to halftone and back again.. @rolinablok #rolinablok email@example.com
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.