Introduction to laser-cutting for printmaking

Course Dates: 21/04/23 - 12/05/23
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Laser-cut is a way to engrave intricate hand drawn designs, photographic imagery or text into plywood blocks, which you will then take into printmaking. This course combines digital and traditional print processes to offer a new take on the art of woodcut.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

Course Code: VS163

Fri, eve, 21 Apr - 12 May '23

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Create a digital file wand use it to laser-cut /engrave intricate hand drawn designs, photographic imagery or text into plywood blocks. On Day 2 You will print these using traditional and experimental methods by hand and using a press, to create a small edition of prints. This course combines digital and traditional processes to offer a new take on a woodcut technique.

What will we cover?

Making a digital file to transfer imagery to lasercut engraving.
Troubleshooting the digital process and creating a plywood matrix to print from.
Working with your lasercut block in the printroom
Additional woodblock techniques such as jigsaw, and mono to multi-colour printing.

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

Select suitable imagery for lasercutting into wood,
Digital file preparation for lasercut
Print from an engraved woodblockusing various methods.
Select inks and papers for purpose.

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

all levels are welcome, although it will benefit you most if you have some printmaking experience, for example screenprinting.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

guided taught sessions with 1:1 support.

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

all materials are included however it would help to bring source imagery such as photos/hand drawn images etc.

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

incorporate your laser cutting knowledge into further printmaking courses such as contemporary printmaking studio, or develop your images digitally towards printmaking. As you build your portfolio you may consider applying for the advanced printmaking courses. Your tutor can advise.

Gareth Berwyn

Gareth Berwyn was born in Bangor, N. Wales in 1981. A Fine Art graduate from The London Guild Hall University 2003. After studying Gareth honed his understanding of printmaking by working with industry professional printmakers doing editioning. Gareth apprenticed under a number of professional printers as a technician and assistant

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.