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.
This course will provide an opportunity for experienced printmakers to further their exploration of the diverse processes and techniques offered in print. You will work in the well-equipped studio with specialist facilities to further develop your ideas and imagery into a portfolio of prints.
Working within a studio provides a unique dynamic which encourages group discussions, collaboration and cross pollination of ideas and approaches, and can be a great way for artists to enhance their practice both technically and conceptually. You will be supported in this activity through individual tutorials and group critiques which are aimed at encouraging a useful reflective practice.
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)
This class is aimed at experienced printmakers, therefore applicants should be confident using etching and printmaking equipment.
What does the course lead to?
This course provides an opportunity to gain confidence and autonomy when working within a print room. You will be encouraged to build a portfolio of prints which could to assist progression to higher level courses.
Where will I study?
The printmaking studio is at the Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road, 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 £30.00 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
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