Printmaking: experimental portrait

Course Dates: 30/04/19 - 01/05/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Sue Baker Kenton

Develop and explore the compelling subject portraiture, using printmaking to fuel exciting new approaches. By the end of this short course you’ll have completed a series of vibrant images that breathe fresh life into the subject.


What is the course about?

This course offers an opportunity to examine afresh how you might approach portraiture.
Using different print processes, that all offer different qualities and require different approaches to the subject , you will develop your responses and hone your visual vocabulary.
The element of research and informal discussion will extend your concepts and reflection about how you choose to approach this subject. The aim is to enable you to create more informed, original visual responses.

What will we cover?

You will be working directly from a model during the first session.
You will create both prints and plates to use to develop your images during the second session

The print processes covered will be Monotype and Drypoint
These are processes that lend themselves to working directly from the model and at a variety of scales.
You will explore mark making (analytical & gestural), stencils (structure & composition), printed layers and collage, colour and texture.

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

Operate the Rochat and Littlejohn Presses demonstrating an awareness of H&S issues
Name the characteristic qualities of the two printmaking processes
Begin to recognise how print processes can be used to best suit your approach.
Edit images by developing these using printmaking techniques
Use non-standard tools to explore mark making qualities.
Use stencils and layers in print.

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

Basic drawing skills are essential on this course
Previous painting and drawing from the model is strongly recommended
No printmaking experience is necessary but if you have this then that’s all to the good.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

Talks, practical work, demonstrations, individual tutoring, group discussion.
There is no formal work outside the class but preparation tasks such as cutting stencils or researching artists on the internet can be undertaken if wished to maximise how you use the studio time.

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

The course fee covers the basic materials such as inks, solvents and proofing papers.

Donations of lint free rags for cleaning and newspapers are always welcome.
A sketchbook and camera (phone camera) are useful to document proof stages/image development and record additional information to use as you develop your images away from the model.
Basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special tools you may favour in your art pencil case.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

If you are interested in pursuing printmaking as a way of developing personal projects then
Build Printmaking Course (VS905 & VS986 )would support this.

Alternatively a specialist technique course such as Cut, Stab and Etch; printmaking with linocuts would challenge your thinking about creating images afresh.

If you wish to embed printmaking within a more general practice then the CLFA course (VM550 ) or the FAD (VA654) might be a good choice.

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


Book your place

Course Code: VS958

Tue+Wed, day, 30 Apr - 01 May '19

Duration: 2 sessions

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

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

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