Contemporary Printmaking covers the intaglio techniques such as etching, monoprint, drypoint, collagraph and focuses on aspects of these to build on the skills taught in the Introduction to Printmaking course. Combining techniques will be encouraged and you will be directed to follow your own ideas as they develop during the course to increase your confidence as an artist. Regular discussion in class about contemporary artist’s work, their ideas and approach, will help inform projects and your own printmaking practice.
These 4 courses are designed as a year’s programme but can also be taken individually.They are targeting learners who are not yet proficient in their printmaking skills and want to extend their creative and technical knowledge.
We start in Term 1 with Monoprint, Drypoint, Collagraph, or Linocut, in Term 2 do a large amount of etching and in Term 3, progress individual projects which have developed during the year. Other techniques may be included where appropriate. Combining techniques is encouraged and the course plan is flexible where possible.
Newcomers will join in the class project and be guided through techniques to start them off. More advanced learners can work on their own projects but join in group projects and critiques.
The class day to day, will be a mixture of workshop time and structured learning by watching demonstrations and looking at artist’s work relevant to the class projects and your own interests. You are encouraged to find your own themes, preferred techniques and to push these to make creative prints finished to a high technical standard. Informal one-to-one tutorials, group critiques and discussions will support your progress and achievement.
Final prints can be submitted for our end of year Printmaking Exhibition at the college gallery in early July when we enjoy a lively Private View evening to celebrate the work created during the year on all our courses.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
These classes are aimed at learners who have some experience of printmaking, those who wish to re-fresh their printmaking skills or those who have an arts background in any other visual arts discipline and want to develop their ideas with printmaking.
What does the course lead to?
These courses give an opportunity to build a portfolio of prints to assist progression to our more advanced printmaking courses or other art courses such as foundation or degree courses.
Where will I study?
The printmaking studio is at the Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road SW10, just off the Kings Road, in the Carlyle building on the ground floor, room CG05.
How much should I study outside class?
It is recommended that you prepare imagery and materials, of your choice, outside the class, so you can use the time in the studio more fully for printing and technical processing which cannot be done at home. A sketchbook documenting your ideas development, technical notes and research is also recommended.
Are any course materials online?
Once you are enrolled on the course you will be introduced to the college’s virtual learning environment. Here you will find materials and information in support of your studies.
What books and equipment do I need?
You need to bring: a sketchbook and some art equipment such as pencils, eraser, a range of brushes, Stanley knife, scissors and apron. You will also need heavy duty rubber gloves which can be bought in the studio.
What else do I need to buy? What extra costs are there?
There is a studio fee of £20.00 per term payable to the tutor which covers basic materials, except paper and plates which you pay extra for as you use them. All materials are available to buy in the studio.
If you have further questions about the course, the tutor can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a well resourced department and have a well equipped printroom. You do not need to source your plates or paper for the course, we have large stocks of different materials which you can purchase from us in small quantities.
The studio has excellent light and has specialist facilities for all the intaglio techniques and includes:
2 Rochat presses, bed size 26″x48″
1 relief press for lino cuts, bed size 16”x20”
A UV light exposure unit for transferring images to plates
A3 flat-bed scanner to digitise something you have drawn or photographed Mac and PC computers using Photoshop for post production work on images you have shot or scanned in (drawing or photographs)
Sue has considerable experience of teaching having first taught Sculpture and currently Printmaking at Kensington and Chelsea College, where she was Head of Printmaking for 12 years. She has taught at all levels from beginners to Foundation, HNC and first year Degree students, sharing her passion for Printmaking and helping students to find their own creative direction.
Photo Credit: Bruce Tanner