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About Introduction to Printmaking (VA106 Spring)

Discover the art of printmaking, learn a variety of techniques and how to work with a printing press.

What will you learn on this course?

The course will provide you with an opportunity to try and experiment with a range of relief printing methods and techniques with the use of a press. You will have access to specialist print equipment and materials and will be encouraged to develop your own varied print practice.

Throughout the course, you will be introduced to the process of carving or building your own print blocks from a selection of materials with demonstrations in the following methods:

  • Intaglio
  • Collagraph blocks
  • Lino cuts
  • Woodcuts
  • Multi-layer prints
  • Ink selection, swatching and paper/surface experimentation

You will be using a range of specialist equipment including lino and woodcut tools, craft knives, acrylic sheets, print rollers, and working with oil and water based inks.

This course aims to give you a solid introduction to the discipline of print. Participants will learn transferable skills and the value of preparation, planning, and selection of materials as well as a range of printing techniques in the form of groups demos and individual experimentation with tutor guidance. You will be supported and encouraged to develop your own project.

Upon completion of the course, you will be signposted to similar resources in the area should you choose to pursue print as a discipline.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels, including beginners who have no experience printmaking, and improvers who are looking to refine their skills.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. This course utilises cutting tools, fully instruction will be provided to minimise risks. Participants will need to have good manual dexterity. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

We recommend that you bring a sketchbook and a waterproof apron. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may wish to use a barrier cream or bring thin latex gloves.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Niall Singh

Dates and times

  • January – March 2025