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Undergraduate Course: Printmaking Practices: Developing Techniques (LLLA07248)

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 course will develop practices, techniques and skills through a combination of processes and experimentation with monochrome, tone, colour, composition and scale.
Course description Academic Description: This course will enable students to develop their printmaking practice and techniques. Students will be encouraged and challenged to develop their knowledge of the medium and skills. In addition to developing lino and woodcut techniques in relief printing, together with collagraphic and intaglio techniques, the students will be introduced to combined processes and more complex etching techniques. This will include soft, hard acrylic ground, aquatint and "non-etch" photopolymer processes.

Outline of Content: The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.

Over the class sessions the course will cover:

Revisiting and developing relief printmaking techniques. This includes learning different ways of cutting, inking and printing a lino or woodblock. Learn how to use stencils and registration techniques to introduce colour in a controlled and expressive manner.

Revisiting and developing intaglio techniques. This includes monotype printing and etching with aquatint on zinc plate and introduces non-etch photopolymer prepared acrylic plate printing.

Develop new strategies for producing printed images through etching. This includes examining the potential of Chine collé, multiple plate printing, manipulation of plate tone and the addition of colour "á la poupeé" and by painterly application.

Revisiting and developing collagraphic techniques to print collagraphs.

The student will be encouraged to experiment with monochrome, tone, colour, composition, format and scale.

Students will be encouraged to consider and investigate a range of artists and illustrators who have used printmaking as a powerful means of expression and develop visual ideas suitable for print from their own visual research and sketchbooks.

The Learning Experience: The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, student progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.

The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:
Access to printmaking workshop, tools and presses.

Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course:
(Estimated cost: £10 - £40 depending on usage)
Zinc etching plates, cut to individual required dimensions.
Acrylic plate.
Proofing paper, newsprint and tissue paper.
"Somerset" etching paper.

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:
(Estimated cost: £15 - £30 depending on usage)
A sketchbook.
A pair of inexpensive rubber gloves.
An apron or old shirt to protect clothes.
A sheet of "Somerset", "Fabriano" or equivalent paper for etching.
Fine paint brush.
Old brushes.
Wood cutting tools.
Pritt Stick.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas (33.3%): Demonstrate a range of working practices and strategies for recording and developing visual information, generating a range of visual ideas suitable to translate into artists' prints and supported by contextual references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Show a confident and enquiring use of materials and processes to explore printmaking practices and techniques to create a range of visual studies and resolved artworks.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an appropriate judgment to document select, edit and present a body of prints, considering the use of drawing, composition and colour to reveal its value.
Reading List
Suggested Reading:

Grabowski, B. and Fick, B., 2009. Printmaking: a complete guide to materials and processes. London: Laurence King.
Adam, R. and Robertson, C., 2007. Intaglio: The Complete Safety-First System for Creative Printmaking: Acrylic-Resist Etching, Collagraphy, Engraving, Drypoint, Mezzotint , London: Thames and Hudson.

Journal and Periodicals:
Printmaking Today

Web Sources:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Good studio practice and organization.
Confidence to operate machinery to produce artwork in a studio environment.
Confidence to employ a range of techniques, follow processes and develop methods for the production of artworks.
Enhanced planning skills and development of strategies for the delivery of outcomes.
Ability to undertake independent research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of printmaking within visual culture and to extend this knowledge to other art disciplines.
An understanding of the potential application to other disciplines.
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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