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Printmaking Techniques

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Art and design

New and returning learners:

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This course is designed to enable students of all abilities to experiment and be informed on a range of printmaking techniques with support and advice from our experienced print tutor.

Find out more about the creative possibilities of printmaking whilst working with the methods of monoprint, monotype, drypoint and relief printing.

The course will cover traditional and non-traditional printmaking methods and techniques including some of the following: using overlays, stencils and masks, registering prints, mixed media printing, overprinting and layering, transparencies, colour and black and white. 

You do not need to have previous experience, but those who do might enjoy the challenge of discovering a new technique. 

By the end of the course you will have a good understanding of how to apply different techniques, some of which may be practiced at home. 

We also have other printmaking courses, or you can also consider our Makers Space scheme that utilizes the print room in Reading for those with previous experience. 

Basic materials are supplied but there will be a material charge to cover the cost of paper or students can bring their own printing paper. 

What I'll learn

You will learn about print planning, plate making, printing methods, inks, paper, using an etching press, using specialist equipment and will learn professional practice in the print room.

You will have the time to explore and experiment with the materials and methods to find ways of incorporating them into your own personal work.
You will gain an understanding of the processes used by printmakers in the production of their work and the knowledge and confidence to plan and develop your own printmaking projects.

No experience is necessary this is a fully guided course and you will be supported by our tutor throughout. Do try and bring sketchbooks or drawings which can be used as the starting point for ideas and printed works.


How I'll learn

Teaching methods include:

  • formal instruction
  • discussion
  • individual tuition
  • practical demonstration
  • practical experience

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.


Entry Requirements

Printmaking is messy and although aprons and protective gloves are provided it is sensible to wear old clothes as the ink will stain clothing permanently once dry.

High heels and open-toed sandals are not allowed; please wear something low that covers and protects the whole foot.   


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.