Introduction to Printmaking

Ref: C3840563

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 which can in some instances be done at home at the kitchen table. Perfect to kick-start a new interest or to revisit rusty skills. Find out more about the flexibility of printmaking through intaglio print methods. This course will focus on drypoint/ etching techniques using acrylic plates and drypoint card methods, referencing the major Otto Dix exhibition at the Tate Liverpool gallery. After the course 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 the skill of printmaking; exploring the practical and the historical context of printmaking as a valued art and design discipline.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Make a number of drypoint etching plates using the knowledge acquired in the workshop sessions. Experimenting with mark making, line, tone and texture.
  • Print from my plates recognising good practice in 'inking up' the plate and using a printing press.
  • Interact with others through shared critiques, discussing good practice and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate good design knowledge in the development of your imagery.
  • Understand the basic principles of Intaglio printmaking.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Students will be asked to provide their own paper and some print sundries. An equipment list will be provided on the first session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Introduction to Printmaking


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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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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