Introduction to Printmaking techniques

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 21/01/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Simon Burder

This fast-paced course reveals the main processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.


What is the course about?

Each week we will focus on a different printmaking technique. By trying each of 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 students liked most about this course run in 2016/17:

"Great practicality, the course was hands on and a great introduction to all the techniques used, we did a wide range of techniques- having being a novice I really enjoyed the Printmaking processes, great to learn something new and be creative, was able to experiment in different techniques." I>


What will we cover?

Over the five weeks you will try five different printmaking techniques:
• Intaglio/etching
• Relief/linocut
• Simple screen-print
• Mono-print
You will learn about the materials, tools and safe working practice for each one.

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

Make prints in the following ways:
• Etch on metal and print the resulting plate
• Lino printing
• Make a simple stencil-based screen-print
• Make a mono-prints in different ways
• Use the various 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. 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 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 at more advanced levels on full or part-time courses, or may be encouraged to strengthen your skills in other areas, particularly in drawing, via many courses at Build.Ask your tutor for help with selecting a suitable course.

General information and advice on courses at Build 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


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

it is a well structured course, excellent teaching - quite comprehensive for such a short 5 week course
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Review by ole boysen / (Posted on 17/02/2019)
I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in the process of printmaking. It incorporates excellent teaching and the opportunity to create prints in different ways. It has made me want to develop my skills further. Thoroughly enjoyable .
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Review by Pat Davies / (Posted on 11/02/2019)
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Course Code: VS995

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Tue, day, 14 Jan - 21 Jan '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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