Experimental Printmaking with a Model

Due to current government guidelines, please note that this course has been moved online. We have not changed the course description below as the tutors will be adapting the course to the online platform.

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. Through proofing, re-printing and layering, your prints will evolve as you improvise, experiment and adapt to the technical challenges of the printing methods. The challenges of the processes compel us to be more perceptive regarding the representation of the human figure, and we will look at the relationship between composition and scale, structure and space, character and atmosphere, tone and colour. Practical demonstrations will take place in each session in traditional methods as well as more improvised approaches to printmaking. The high tutor/student ratio will allow each student to go on their own journey and incorporate these approaches in the way that best suits their work. 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. 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. 

Basic Materials for printmaking at home:

Drawing MaterialsPencils & colour pencils, sharpener, erasers, wax crayons/oil pastels, ink, water colour, charcoal, graphite sticks, conte crayons, felt tips, ball point pens. 

Inks
Water based or water washable relief printing inks e.g Calico Safe Wash are easiest to use (black, opaque white and/or  small range of colours)
Extender- for making transparent layers 
Calico Safe Wash Oil for tinning inks 
Black etching ink for drypoint e.g Doux
Can substitute inks with oil colours, watercolour, gouache and oil pastels for monoprinting

Substrates 
For drypoint: Old juice cartons / foil coated card / sealed mount board / a sheet of acetate 
For mono printing: A sheet of Acetate / perspex / glass from an old picture frame / the back of an old etching plate or Formica table top. 
For relief printing: Relief printing vinyl / Lino blocks / Shina Ply or Birch ply 6mm

Tools
2 x medium rollers
Etching point (or engineer’s scriber from DIY store), or large pin / thin nail. 
Brushes, palette knives, pencils, ruler, scissors, scalpel, bits of card, cotton buds, old plastic card
Plexi-glass or any smooth, flat surface to roll ink on
Polyester sheets / acetate for stencils
Cutting mat
Rags for inking drypoint
Rags / paper for cleaning and a bucket or bowl of water or a water spray bottle.. 
Blotting paper is helpful and a couple of sheets of plastic ( bin bags are ok) 
A wooden spoon

Lino and wood-cutting tools 
A handle and small range of assorted blades

Printmaking Paper 
Thin papers are easier to handprint (100gm or less) 
 Japanese tissue -“Shoji “ is a good general tissue (40/45gm) (nice for woodcut)
“Zerkall” printing paper 100gm or less. 
Zozuke 45g
Thicker papers
Somerset Satin 250g
Zerkall Extra Smooth 150g

Suppliers:
https://www.jacksonsart.com/
https://intaglioprintmaker.com/
https://www.greatart.co.uk/


NHS staff receive a 20% discount; to apply participants must submit proof by emailing a photograph of their NHS staff badge to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking a course. 

Full-time BA students studying for a degree in Fine Art receive up to a 75% discount. Those studying on design or applied arts degrees may also be eligible on a case-by-case basis. Student ID and proof of enrolment must be submitted. Please email a picture of your student ID to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Primary and secondary school teachers who teach art receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof in the form of a letter from their head teacher or the head of the art department. Please e-mail a scan of this letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking your place and then call the office. 

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently on the job seekers register. Please send this letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking your place and then call the office. 

Postgraduate alumni of the Royal Drawing School (Drawing Year) receive a 50% discount. 

Individuals who receive disability support are eligible for a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently receiving this allowance. Please email a scan of your letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Tower Hamlet and Hackney residents are eligible for a 25% discount on courses at Shoreditch; to apply participants must show proof of living in these boroughs in the form of your most recent council tax bill. Please email a scan of your letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Individuals over the age of 60 may apply for a 10% discount on courses at Shoreditch; to apply participants must show proof of being over 60. Please email a picture of your ID to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

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