If your interested in trying printmaking and don’t know where to start then printmaking 101 is for you as it provides a comprehensive and engaging introduction to a range of printmaking techniques. Learn how to create successful and effective prints using inexpensive materials, with or without a printing press. Monotypes and dry point etching are among the numerous printmaking techniques explored, as well as a series of relief printing techniques including Collagraphs and linocut prints. The variety of these techniques and processes will give you a great foundation in printmaking.
Linocut printmaking and design techniques.
This course opens up a range of printmaking possibilities using single linocut blocks. This course begins with carving and design techniques to create tone and contrast. Pattern and colour will be explored with a tessellating design. Learn how a designs impact can vary with the printmaking techniques as we focus on printing with different paper, over other media and ink/paper colour combinations. Throughout the course you will carve and print multiple designs, as you trial printmaking techniques that include printing with and without the printing press. This enjoyable course is suitable for all skill levels interested in exploring single colour linocut prints.
Printing Materials included.
Thurday Evenings 6:30 — 9:00
Learn Reduction and Multiple block printing
Linocut printmaking offers a great way to learn how to plan and design your prints for multiple colours, with strategies for colour combinations and order of colour printing. This course gives you the opportunity to learn both reduction print methods and printing with multiple blocks. Throughout the unit you will learn techniques for print registration, inking your block, and printing with and without a printing press. Whether you have some printmaking experience and want to advance your print designs, or are new to linocut printmaking, this experience will equip you with a range of skills to create striking original prints.
Materials included in the price.
Experience a feeling of immediacy in printmaking as you create your own limited edition prints. The technique of dry point etching allows a diverse range of illustration styles to be reproduced from simple sketched lines to intricate designs. This course will build up your skills and strategies with dry point etchings as you progress though different materials. Utilise the transparency of Perspex in transferring your designs as you begin developing your understanding of how line can be used to produce tone. Inking techniques will be explored to build and vary ink tones. Progression to the firmer plates of aluminium and then copper will create plates that withstand more reproductions.
Materials included in the price.
Learn the centuries old tradition of woodblock printmaking as you create your own woodblock print. This course begins with carving and printing techniques that will inform and clarify your own design. Explore strategies to both, refine your design, and divide it for multiple colours. You will learn processes for how to carve your designs into your blocks as well as techniques for transferring and registering your designs on multiple blocks for the additional colours. Learn how to prepare the paper, pigments and blocks for printing, including methods to achieve graduations of tone. This course provides a rare opportunity to create and print a short run of your own woodblock design.
Benefit from the crisp lines that acid etching can produce.
Create your own prints using acid etched zinc metal plates. In this course will learn the etching process from the design to the final printed images. Learn how to prepare your plates including filing, polishing and degreasing. Learn about hard and soft grounds and how to apply, and use them to transfer your designs in preparation for etching. Realise the etching process as you monitor the depth of the etching. Learn the process for inking plates, paper preparation and setting the pressure on the press as you print your original designs.
This course is suited for people with some printmaking experience who want to take their printmaking to the next level.
For Metro Art Dept printmaking regulars
The press club provides exclusive access to printmaking presses and equipment so you can continue to evolve your printmaking practice. Learn from, and be inspired, by the work of others as you progress your own prints. Numerous printmaking techniques can be pursued. An experienced printmaker will supervise the sessions to provide assistance with printmaking issues and assure good working practices. Numbers will be limited so that there is good access to equipment.
Printing an image has become easy and relatively inexpensive with most having easy access to a printer. In contrast the handmade print is becoming more valuable as the knowledge, skills, equipment and effort required to make one is becoming more and more rare.
At Metro Art Dept we appreciate how valuable these skills are. Here you can learn printmaking in many forms such as linocut prints, collagraphs, etchings and woodblock prints.
The designs you create can be as simple or complex as you choose. You will be shown how to achieve striking effects to enhance your designs with simple techniques and ideas.
Our workshops provide a collaborative environment where you can feed off each other’s creativity and enjoy exploring materials and techniques while making your own exclusive prints.
So come along and learn something new or hone your skills.