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Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Create unique, beautiful designs and images and build confidence in new areas of printmaking. 

This 12-week course is a considered to be a more open experimental approach to the various printmaking techniques demonstrated by the tutor.

You will work towards finding an identity, style and technique suited to your way of working and will be able to combine the techniques you’ve learned on various surfaces.

This course provides a fantastic and enjoyable opportunity to practice printmaking working in our fully equipped print studio with instruction, guidance and advice from our experienced printmaking tutor. 

Find out more about the possibilities of traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques. Explore a variety of methods and develop your printmaking knowledge to progress your work as a creative outlet. 

Basic materials will be provided.

Activate learning offers a broad variety of Printmaking and other art and design Learning for Leisure courses. Search our courses online or get in touch for details!

Please note: this course does not run during the half term/end of term breaks.

What I'll learn

By working in a group you will be invited to observe and discuss what other people are doing, broadening your knowledge and offering inspiration for the development of your own ideas. 

Our printmaking courses will allow you to focus on different aspects of experimentation, techniques or projects and will cover a range of traditional and non- traditional printmaking techniques to include the following:

  • The Monotype technique will introduce experimental thinking and working using stencils and masks, overprinting, using translucent inks and different types of inking, wiping and printing techniques.
  • The Intaglio techniques such as drypoint, collograph and carborundum printing; monotype printing, blind embossing and de-bossing.
  • Relief printing such as monochrome and reduction linocutting, and multiple plate printing, layered relief printing includes registering prints, mixed media printing, overprinting and working with transparent inks in colour and black and white, and using Chine-collé.


How I'll learn

You can be as traditional or experimental as you like and once inducted into the print-room, you can choose to follow the course structure or use the facilities to simply make your own work, depending on your level and experience.

You will gain understanding of the principles of different types of printmaking and develop confidence in using the presses, equipment and processes.

Many students enjoy the challenge of inventing a new technique, and ability to plan their own prints.

You will also be able to share your findings with the members of the course and discuss technical issues as a supportive and fun working group. Sketchbooks or drawings are useful if you have them, as they can be used as the starting point for ideas and printed works, although the tutor will be able to provide alternative starting points.


Entry Requirements

Printmaking can be messy and although aprons are provided it may be sensible to wear old clothes.

High heels and sandals are not allowed; please wear something low that covers 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.