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Printmaking: Absolute Beginners

A printmaking taster course that introduces some simple processes and safe studio practice.

Who is this course for

Adult learners who are complete beginners with no previous printmaking experience or those who need a refresher.
Learn to use an etching-press and make use of the facilities after an induction.

What does this course cover

Students will be inducted in the use of the studio and its print equipment and facilities. Processes will be demonstrated and students will be able to explore techniques to their own work and projects. Because of the numerous different techniques available in printmaking, it will not be possible to cover in depth all the possible techniques therefore the tutor will vary the focus of the demonstrations each term and tailor the course to suit the group.
A selection of the following processes will be demonstrated each term. All processes will be covered in a 3 term year:
- Monoprinting
- Drypoint printing
- Block Printing
- Relief Printing (linocutting)
- Working with stencils
- Collography
- Working with textures
- Transperent colour
- Printing by hand
- Layered printing
- Mixed media printing

What will it be like

Help and ideas will be given regularly to enable development and further creative production.
For each method of print, the tutor will demonstrate and then you will be able to apply the methods to your work. Suggestions will be given for improvements and alternatives. Demonstrations with handouts will be given on a regular basis for additional and complementary methods.
You will be able to apply all the methods demonstrated to your work or alternatively use one preferred methods to make work, through negotiation with the tutor.
You will be shown and expected to apply safe printmaking processes. Safe practice will include the use of water soluble inks and non-solvent based systems, and correct use of all tools and equipment.

What else do you need to buy or do

General shared tools and equipment are provided in class, however many students find they can make best use of the time in class if they are able to work at home and you may benefit from having you own set of tools for lino cutting for example. To get the most out of the course, you may need to prepare sketches, drawings, photographs or colour plans or printing blocks / plates in advance.

A variety of different papers, inks, and colours will be available. Some materials are provided free of charge and others are sold at cost price. More specialist paper from about 20p per A3 sheet, which is charged weekly at cost. You are asked to please bring change. Paper costs will be dependent on personal choice, size and number of prints attempted. Paper prices are variable, and can range up to £3.50 per sheet.

What this course could lead to

- Exploring and developing techniques further by re-enrolling on the same course.
- Furthering your professional development options including exhibiting and selling.
- Setting up a print workshop at home.
- This course can be repeated to develop different techniques or extend existing ones

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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