An Introduction To Printmaking

Creative Learning |
19th September 2018

Tutor Karen Lester | Fee £165 | 10 weeks

Explore some of the many printmaking techniques through this course, which provides an introduction to monoprint, press printing, collagraph, simple relief and etching techniques. Learn the processes to create plates, apply ink and take a print using a printing press and hand burnishing. Discover the excitement of the ‘reveal’ as your print emerges. Suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
The course covers various techniques and processes involving the transfer of ink from a plate to paper, starting with the simpler printmaking techniques of monoprinting and press printing. Using foam board for the press printing and inked plates for the monoprinting you will explore different techniques to create images, without using a printing press.

Further techniques will be introduced creating collagraphs, a collage technique using card plates. This will be followed by etching plates using drypoint, making marks directly into a foil card plate, and moving on to use copper sulphate to etch metal plates. These plates will be inked up and prints made using the printing press.

Tutor-led demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts will guide you through the processes to create plates, ink up and take prints. There will be an opportunity to combine techniques.

Individuals will be supported throughout. Participants are encouraged to experiment with the emphasis very much on individual practical experience. There will be opportunities to discuss results individually and in the group.

By the end of the course, you will have created prints using a variety of techniques. You will have a range of samples and finished images. You may wish to create your own journal/ sketchbook of samples.

What do I need to bring with me?
All equipment and materials supplied. An additional charge of £10 is made for materials during the term.

Printmaking is messy so wear old clothes! You are advised to bring:

  • An apron or old shirt to protect clothes.
  • Gloves – latex or plastic
  • Be aware that some inks are oil based and solvents and other chemicals are used in the print processes which may affect some, particularly those with certain medical conditions.
  • Bring ideas! If you have images, photographs or sketches that you would like to work from please bring these. Over the course you may wish to work towards a particular subject or theme that interests you eg. Animals, plants, trees.

The first session involves monotype, which relates to drawing or tracing over images.

Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?
A charge of £10 is made towards the cost of materials such as paper and plates.

About the tutor
Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Each type of medium brings its own exciting possibilities and unique qualities, something she continually explores.
Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. She finds the quality of marks made in the process of printmaking particularly fascinating and has produced prints using a variety of techniques.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art and runs occasional print workshops for the National Trust at Allan Bank, Grasmere as well as for private groups.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011.

Please note there is no class during the following weeks:
Half term week commencing 22 October
Week commencing 12 November due to Kendal Mountain Festival
Half term week commencing 18 February 2019

If you have a query or are unsure whether the course is right for you please get in touch with the Creative Learning Team who will be happy to contact the tutor on your behalf.


19th September 2018

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