Hogarth to Hockney: print making in Britain

Ref: C2338444

Every picture tells a story: the print as mass communicator has been around for over 500 years, and those stories, and the often inter-connected lives of the artists, will be explored. Original prints will be studied each week.

Course aim

To clarify the definition of an original print; to examine examples of some of the main methods used: wood cuts, engravings, etchings and lithographs; to include local artists/ examples where possible

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Distinguish between a modern reproduction and an original print
  • Demonstrate understanding of the overall process from artist to print
  • Recognise sources of information within the print itself
  • Identify sources of information for further study

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A magnifying glass to look closely at printmaking techniques would be useful, but the tutor will bring some spares.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No essential reading, but Richard Godfrey, Printmaking in Britain (Phaidon, 1978) is one of the background sources or starting points for the course.

What can I do next?

  • A better understanding of prints shown in museums and commercial galleries. The British Museum Prints and Drawings Department has its own exhibition area, as does the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. If visiting, take a magnifying glass!

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Hogarth to Hockney: print making in Britain


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