The Award: Certificate in Printmaking
The Certificate in Printmaking consists of six, ten-week terms, covering a broad range of intaglio and relief printmaking techniques ; etching, linoleum, woodcut, drypoint, collagraph, photopolymer and photoetching.
Supported by one to one tutoring and an international team of visiting artists, students participate in group exercises to hone their printmaking skills, enabling ample scope for creative expression and specialisation. Attendees develop their ideas through self-led projects to achieve a portfolio of contemporary prints; culminating in the participation of The Art Academy’s graduate show and the potential for public exposure in national printmaking exhibitions e.g. Pushing Print, Bainbridge Open and Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. The course develops a broad range of professional skills over a two year period, informed by regular visits to print exhibitions and end of term group crits directed by visiting artists, gallerists, editioners and curators.
Duration: Mon, Tues or Thurs, one day per week, over two years. Students may also elect more than one Certificate course.
The course can be started at any point in the year but this must be at the start of an individual term. Students may also elect to take more than one Certificate course at a time
Structure: The Certificate in Printmaking is a practice-based study programme, one day a week, with supervised open access to the print studio and an option to combine with the Certificate in Drawing.
Reduction Relief: Linocut, Linoetching and Woodcut
Focusing on form and colour through reduction relief; an immediate and sculptural approach to printmaking. Each student will learn to hand carve with Japanese woodcut tools and etch linoleum to realise a series of multi-colour print editions.
Intaglio: Hardground, softground and Aquatint
This course focuses on line, texture and tone through etching; a traditional drawing approach to print. Using saline and ferric chloride mordents, each student will learn to etch both zinc and metal plates to realise a series of print editions.
Intaglio & Relief: Collagraph and Drypoint
This course focuses on colour and texture: an Expressionist and immediate collage approach to print. Using card, fabric, sand, tape, scalpels and needles, each student will learn to combine handmade relief and intaglio plates to realise a series of print editions.
Multi-plate Relief: Linocut, Linoetching and Woodcut
This course focuses on form and colour through multi-plate relief printmaking; a traditional and immediate sculptural approach to print. Using Japanese woodcut tools, each student will learn to hand carve and etch multiple linoleum or wood blocks, in combination, to realise a series of print editions.
Intaglio: Spitbite, Sugarlift and Gum Arabic
This course focuses on experimental etching, offering a traditional painterly approach to printmaking. Using saline and ferric chloride mordents, each student will learn to etch both zinc and metal plates to realise a series of print editions.
Photography: Photopolymer and Photoetching
This course focuses on photography through etching; an innovative mechanical approach to print. Using saline and ferric chloride mordents, each student will learn to etch both zinc and metal plates to realise a series of print editions.
Throughout the course, students confront broader issues around printmaking and learn practical skills to prepare for exhibiting; editioning, documenting, framing and curating. Each term a guest artist, editioner, artisan, gallerist or curator is invited to facilitate a group critique and impart first hand experience dealing with contemporary prints.
Printmaking Certificate 2017-2018