Introduction to printmaking techniques
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VS992
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Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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What is the course about?
We will focus on introducing different printmaking techniques. By trying these, hands on, you will gain a broad practical overview of how prints are made and have experience of processes you may wish to develop further.
What will we cover?
During the course we will try out different basic printmaking techniques;
• Relief / linocut
• Intaglio / etching.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Make prints in the following ways:
• Make a mono-print
• Cut and print a lino block
• Etch on metal and print the resulting plate
• Use the presses and related equipment and materials safely.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for anyone who would like to gain an insight into the various printmaking techniques we cover on longer courses in short, practical, ‘have a go’ sessions. Basic drawing skills would be an advantage. 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?
Demonstrations and personal application of different aspects of the media will be offered as you advance in knowledge and competence.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee covers some basic materials such as inks, acids and white spirit. Please bring rags for cleaning (optional). 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?
You could go on to study the subject more in depth on full or part-time courses, or may be encouraged to strengthen your skills in other areas, particularly in drawing, via many courses at City Lit. Your tutor will discuss various options that will be appropriate for you at the end of the course.
Claire Hynds is an artist specialising in printmaking, her work combines drawing and photography with traditional and digital print techniques to create hand printed, limited edition prints and books. Claire studied Fine Art at the University of Wales and was awarded an AHRB to study MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England. She has been teaching printmaking and drawing since 2002 and specialises in traditional etching, photomechanical intaglio processes (photoetching and polymer), screenprinting, bookmaking and artist books. She is a member of East London Printmakers and the Printmakers Council, dividing her time between teaching and her studio practice. Claire has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally and has work in permanent collections at the V&A, the Printmakers Council Archive and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales. Claire’s research investigates the urban environment. Visiting examples of modern architecture and new towns she examines what remains of the utopian vision of post war Britain, developing work through drawing, photography and print that explores how these spaces are experienced today.
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