Introduction to Printmaking

Ref: C3839967

Beginners printmaking is a practical course designed to teach beginners the basic skills and processes involved in printmaking. It is a great introduction to a range of printmaking techniques. Perfect to kick-start a new interest or to revisit rusty skills. Find out more about the flexibility of printmaking through monoprint, collagraphs, and relief print methods. Then you could choose to take your new skills further with our Improvers Course, leading to complex design work and multi-colour printing . The course will be a part-time course comprising of 3 hour sessions ran over 7 weeks.

Course aim

This practical beginner’s course aims to introduce students to intaglio and relief printmaking. The course aims to teach students the basic practical skills required to begin printmaking at home and explore the historical context of printmaking as a valued art and design discipline.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Hands on practical ‘taster’ sessions will demonstrate a number of experimental techniques in how to mark make, draw and interpret design onto a printing plate. The processes and techniques involved in inking it up, and how to take a print from it using burnishing techniques and a printing press. Mono-printing, Collatype, Relief printing techniques will be covered. All safety procedures and good practice will be explained and demonstrated by tutor. Differentiation of tasks will ensure inclusive teaching, group presentations, and one to one tutorial offered.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Perform basic printmaking techniques. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of printmaking in context. Make informed decisions about design and making ideas, and be able to discuss them using appropriate language. Recognise how to problem solve and use good practise in printmaking techniques and be able to plan future projects. Develop artistic practice and confidence through knowledge. Take pleasure in group participation.

How will I know I'm making progress?

One to one tutorial and feedback given throughout sessions. Show and Tell group presentations given by students, informal critique and problem solving discussed. Student evaluation encouraged in end of course questionnaire.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Some drawing materials, apron, collage materials, varnish, and paper.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Improvers printmaking class WEA

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Introduction to Printmaking Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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