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Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Printmaking: traditional techniques (LLLA07146)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis printmaking course will consider the print as a work of art produced by contemporary artists using traditional printmaking techniques in an age of digital reproduction.
Students will explore, develop and combine traditional methods of printmaking by using a press and by hand to produce print works.
Techniques will include monotype printing, relief wood block and lino block and intaglio etching techniques. Line, tone, monochrome and colour, collage, multiple block printing, text with image, scale, printing from found surfaces, installation and modes of display will be addressed.
Students will be encouraged to undertake independent and tutor led research into contemporary printmaking practices and practitioners. They will develop and extend their own visual vocabulary in printmaking from sketchbooks and through the use of other media as image gathering tools. This can include sculptural objects, film, and photography.
Course description Over the class sessions the course will cover:

Introduction to Monoprint and Monotype printing techniques. This will include; hand printing from a prepared plate and the removal and addition of monochrome and coloured inks by hand to print using an intaglio press.
Introduction to Relief printmaking techniques. This includes printing by hand and using a relief press to produce a print from a Woodcut , Linocut and found material . Students will learn how to create tone and print in colour by cutting and masking out . Printing over collage material and the repetition of images printed off-register will also be demonstrated.
Introduction to Intaglio techniques including Collagraphy. Hard ground line etching, creating tone and how to produce a multi-coloured print from one plate. This will include how to prepare a plate for etching, inking up and printing using prepared papers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course, through attending classes and engaging in directed and independent study, students should be able to:

    Develop and extend their visual and written resources and structure their research material in a clear and considered manner which enables them as artist printmakers to produce images through the medium of printmaking using a technique appropriate to their composition
    Demonstrate an effective and considered use of single monochrome, reduction and multiple block multiple colour printing, the use of intaglio printmaking techniques including hard ground etching and collagraphy, registration and editioning and an effective and considered use of masking and stencilling and the manipulation and application of printing inks
    Present a body of original printed works using traditional printmaking techniques which reflect a knowledge of contemporary printmaking practices
Reading List
Adam, R. and Robertson, C., 2007. Intaglio: The Complete Safety-First System for Creative Printmaking. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Fick, B. and Grabowski, B., 2009. Printmaking: a complete guide to materials and processes. London: Laurence King.
Tallmann, S., 1996. The Contemporary Print from Pre-Pop to Postmodern. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to operate relief and intaglio printing presses
Ability to use a suitable printmaking technique or combination of techniques to produce a desired image. This includes the correct use of printing inks
Understanding of developing and refining ideas suitable for print
Understanding of proofing and editioning including the use of the correct printing papers
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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