Christmas Holiday // Experimental Printmaking in the Life Room

This course offers the rare opportunity of studying the life model while exploring the rich diversity of the printmaking medium. An active dialogue between drawing and printmaking will be encouraged as the group responds directly to the subject through a wide range of intaglio, relief, stencilling and monoprint processes. We will use dry point, hard/soft ground etching and sugar lift aquatint to explore the dynamics of the etched mark. Practical demonstrations will take place in each session in traditional methods as well as more improvised approaches to printmaking. As the course progresses, students may want to get increasingly ambitious with scale, composition, layering and colour. 

We will employ a range of materials, from metal etching plates, plywood and linoleum, to ad hoc alternatives that could lead to surprising results. We will use a printing press as well as hand-printing methods that can be applied to your home or studio practice. Through proofing, re-printing and layering, your prints will evolve as you improvise, experiment and adapt to the technical challenges of the printing methods. This course is suitable for beginners and those with more experience alike. It is ideal for those looking to expand their life-drawing practice into further mediums. 

Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our Christmas holiday courses.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.