1 Year Contemporary Relief Printmaking
1 year course with relief printmakers; Ben Goodman, Victoria Willmott, Stephen Fowler, Rosanna Morris, Phillipa Thomas, The Letterpress Collective
Monday 20 September 2021 – 18 July 2022
6pm – 9pm
This one year Contemporary Relief Printing course is packed full of ideas on creating multi-coloured linocuts, rubber stamps, fabric prints, wood engravings, wood cut and letterpress. This course will explore one of the oldest forms of printmaking, and how it can be used in contemporary practice to produce powerful and striking images.
Delivered by a group of professional artists specialising in Relief Print they will each take you through the processes with friendly advice and encourage an experimental approach.
During the first term you will learn the basic techniques of designing, cutting and printing using our traditional printing presses in the studio. You will focus on short projects exploring methods of reduction and multiblock printmaking as well as experimentations in mark making from artists Stephen Fowler and Philippa Thomas.
In the second term, you will extend your printing skills with further tuition in the art of wood engraving taught by Ben Goodman, along with learning how to set and print type with The Letterpress Collective. Following this you will learn the process of woodcutting and fabric printing with Rosanna Morris.
For your final term project you will experiment with rubber stamping and neoprene foam prints with artist Stephen Fowler. As well as attend a talk from a visiting contemporary artist.
The remaining weeks will offer a chance to create your own contemporary artworks on a self-directed project using the skills and techniques you have practiced throughout the year. We hope this course will expand your ideas of contemporary print and provide you with confidence using the studio and continuing your practice at home.
You will experiment with this wonderful, traditional method of printmaking using both printing presses and hand printing to produce a series of printed works. Each term you will be encouraged to look at contemporary artists who use relief, to extend your own visual printmaking vocabulary.
No matter what your current ability for relief printing this course will be able to provide excellent starting points for beginners and improvement methods for those who have already got some experience and plenty of food for thought to take away. From expressive mark making to contemporary block printing – this course will open your mind to the beautiful world of relief printing.