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This course will give you a solid introduction to the discipline of printmaking. You will learn a variety of techniques and learn how to work with a printing press. 

What will you learn on the course?

On this course you will have the 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 be encouraged to develop your own varied print practice. Upon completion of the course you will be signposted to similar resources in the area should you choose to pursue print as a discipline.

We will discover the process of carving or building your own print blocks from a selection of materials with demonstrations in the following methods:


Collograph blocks

Lino cuts


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.

The course aims to give you a solid introduction to the discipline of print. Participants will learn transferrable skills and the value of preparation, planning and selection of materials as well as a range of printing techniques in the form of demos group and individual experimentation with tutor guidance. You will be supported and encouraged to develop your own project within the course and have a practice to build on after the course ends.

The course includes a short break. 

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. 

This course designed for all levels and experience and for those who may have some experience of printmaking but have not worked with a printing press. 

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. The room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Participants will need to have good manual dexterity but it is not a must. Please be aware there is a high risk of cuts and small injuries from the use of cutting tools but the tutor will teach safe use techniques to minimise risk.

Do you need to bring anything?

You must 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.

MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Are there any additional costs?

Only the cost of an apron (£5 approx.) and a sketchbook (£5 approx.)

Who teaches this course?

Niall Singh

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Dates & Times

    Introduction to Printmaking (VA106 Spring)