Protest and Printmaking

Ref: C3841555

Political prints are intended to make a statement, change opinion and inspire action. As a low cost production method, printmaking has become a valued means of creative opposition. Inspired by the history of protest in print, from Goya to Banksy; this course will explore practical image and printmaking techniques using the legacy of of printed protest art as a context. The course will combine some theory sessions with hands on making processes. Developing imagery through photomontage, stamping and lino cutting. Working towards making your own protest poster highlighting issues important to you. Make a statement, Call for change!

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to the art of protest in printmaking, and learn new printmaking processes which will enable you to develop your own protest imagery

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:

  • Develop protest imagery through photomontage and printmaking techniques
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the history of protest in print
  • Understand the basic principles of relief printmaking, demonstrating good practice in inking up and print process
  • Interact with others through shared critiques, discussing practical outcomes and problem solving
  • Make a statement protest poster, highlighting a personal issue

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?

  • Basic materials will be provided, but an enhanced materials list will be provided 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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Protest and Printmaking


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