Budget Printmaking - Printing on a Shoestring

Ref: C3675056

Printmaking doesn't have to be expensive. Come along to create a printmaking kit from household items and discover how everyday objects from around the home, garden, park or street can become printmaking materials. In this taster session you can quickly experiment with a range of materials or focus on a single object to produce your own prints. With examples of work by contemporary printmaking artists you will learn how to use the urban and rural enviornment around you as inspiration for your own work. You will discover how to use professional printing tools and find out how to develop a starter printing kit at very low cost.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to printmaking with everyday items so you can discover affordable ways to make your own unique prints.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Create artwork using found objects to explore affordable printmaking techniques.
  • Investigate a range of surfaces to produce different texture and pattern to develop skills in using a range of tactile elements.
  • Explain how the work of 2 contemporary printmaking artists has inspired your own ideas.
  • Compile a printmaking kit at very low cost to produce your own prints at home.

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Bring an apron or wear old clothes.

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

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Budget Printmaking - Printing on a Shoestring


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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