Printmaking and The Sea

Ref: C3841556

For centuries the allure of the sea has been a potent source of inspiration for writers and artists alike. From myths and legends, to folkore and popular culture the influence of the sea as a creative force today is everywhere to see. Mermaids, sailors tattoos, ships in bottles, sea shanties, and Punch and Judy; this course will take a whimsical look at the imagery of the British seaside experience focussing on contemporary art and illustration references. The course will combine stylised drawing techniques, hand drawn typography and image making processes, with relief printmaking and stamping. Working towards making a body of mixed media, nautically inspired work for an ' Ahoy Sealovers' exhibition at the end of the course.

Course aim

To provide a fun introduction to image making with print, learning to stylise and develop own design ideas with a view of making work for a mini exhibition at the end of the course

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:

  • Engage in informed discussion about contemporary seaside art and design imagery
  • Make stylised design work using drawing, typography and printmaking to expand ideas
  • Demonstrate good practice in all inking up and print processes
  • Interact with others through shared critiques, discussing good practice and problem solving together
  • Create a body of work responding to source materials

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

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you 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
  • Basic materials will be provided, but an enhanced list will be given out at the start of the course

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

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Printmaking and The Sea


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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