This blog includes all the work I am producing for my online printmaking course: Diploma in Fine Art Printmaking which I started in February 2017.
Having spent many years doing photography I want to be more creative and printmaking is a good way to do that – it is not easy and requies you to really think about how to create an image.
The Course contents are as follows:
Module 1: Studio Space and Materials : I have created a studio space in my office where I also teach English so I have to be clean and organised and I cannot leave prints drying when I am teaching! I need to buy a print drying rack next. I have a nice space to work and store prints in a small plan chest from Ikea, but soon I will need a new plan chest and who knows where I will store it!
Module 2: Drawing for Print, Research and Study : This is a really important part of the course for me and the one that will get me back into printmaking and also organising a working schedule which I haven’t had for some time.
I did go to the British Museum to try to get a research project off the ground but it didn’t work – maybe later I’ll have another go when I know what it is I want to research.
I started a project on Everyday Things and did some drawings and made a book – this work is shown in the drop down menu.
Module 3 and 4: Monoprinting 1 and 2 : I like this method and I went to Cally Road and bought some nice bevelled squares of thick glass on which to do some monoprinting. I made a book using these prints
Module 5: Collograph and Found Object Painting: I have done a couple of collographs but I prefer to print them intaglio method and for that I need press – I will be enrolling at a local printmaking studio for open access in the autumn so I am saving this method for then.
Module 6: Linocut : I have done many lino cuts so far, it is by far the easiest method.
Module 7: Woodcut: Not my favourite method as it blunts your tools and is difficult as you can’t get many different marks easily. However I did a woodcut workshop in April at Inky Cuttlefish Studio which was okay!
Module 8: Advanced Relief Printing: I haven’t looked at this module yet as I am still working through the other modules.
Module 9: Experimental Relief Printmaking
Module 10: Drypoint
Module 11: Screen Printing
Module 12: Wood Engraving
Module 13: Presenting your prints and what’s next?
- From Research to Print
- In the style of ….
- Pick a Word
- Develop a project further
There are also projects included in the modules and extra things to try out. So far in June 2017 I have done monoprinting, lino prints and drypoint.
I am doing a screen printing workshop in July so that will add to my skills.