Our printmaking course offers beginners and intermediate students the opportunity to discover the endless possibilities that this medium can offer. Terms may be attended either individually or as a continuous year of study.
We will cover a wide range of printmaking techniques throughout the year, in a non-toxic environment and use water-based inks. Each term a new print process will be introduced giving students an excellent printmaking over-view.
This hands-on course will cover the finer techniques of printmaking, demonstrating good ink applications, colour roll-up techniques and chine collé throughout each print process.
All terms will include a strong focus on professional practice in covering the print edition, continuing to create bodies of prints combining a variety of print processes together. This will be an opportunity to refine individual conceptual concerns, working towards a resolution.
Demonstrations will be delivered at each stage, supported by documentation and open discussions. By the end of the year, students will hold a cohesive body of work showing a good development of ideas and have a good understanding of basic printmaking techniques.
"For me it’s about making an impression of something, introducing new ideas and skills that students can include and extend on into their own practice" - Alexis Neal
NB: Most of the materials required for this course are supplied and included in your course fee. For further information consult the materials list below. BSA has a small shop on-site for purchasing extra print materials.
Term one will focus on drypoint techniques and multi-plate printing using a variety of materials for different results.
Term two covers etching. We will be using a 6-1 nitric acid water mix to etch our zinc plates in a safe environment with good ventilation. We will start with hard ground line etching and soft ground techniques, which will allow us to create impressions from found materials, helping us build an image onto plates. Aquatint is a technique to add tone, shade and create velvety blacks and this will be achieved using enamel spray.
Term three introduces relief and monotype printing, utilising cut stencils and experimenting with roll-up techniques. Here, the freedom of expression will allow you to work in a more abstract or intuitive way, whilst simultaneously considering form, composition and colour.
In term four, woodcut will be introduced. Using a variety of tools and through multi-block printing, both linear and tonal concerns are encouraged to develop.