Introduction to Printmaking (Beginners/Intermediate)

Course Description

You will learn about and use a wide range of printmaking processes to produce your own original prints, including mono printing, etching, lino printing, dry point, soft-ground etching aquatint, and collagraph printing. You will begin to use a range of printmaking techniques to generate immediate creative results, extend your skills and develop your own ideas. New starters are welcome at any time of year and more experienced learner can pursue their own projects.

Location: Kentish Town

Course Content

The course will include an introduction to print processes. Initially these will include mono printing, etching and lino printing. As the year progresses these processes will be extended and new processes introduced, for example dry point, soft-ground etching aquatint and collagraph printing. Handouts will be provided to give you further guidance, focus and structure. Independent exploration is also encouraged.

You will gain a basic working knowledge of the techniques covered, as well as some contextual knowledge of their application. You will be encouraged to use techniques learned to experiment and produce your own unique images.

In each term, you will develop an understanding of a range of printmaking techniques. You will use these techniques to produce your own original prints, develop your ideas and extend your skills whilst working safely.

You will:
• design and create a simple print
• understand and use the health and safety rules for the print studio
• evaluate and analyses the success of your own and others work

In term 1, you will be introduced to mono-printing, hard-ground etching, linocut, soft-ground etching, aquatint and collagraph.

In term 2, you will extend your etching techniques to include spit-bite aquatint, sugar lift, dry point, carborundum, combining dry-point with hard-ground and counterproof etching.

In term 3, you will be introduced to stencil techniques, marble papermaking and embossed printing. You will learn about presentation of original prints and editioning and focus on developing your own ideas to produce a limited edition print.

Teaching and Learning Methods

A range of printmaking processes will be demonstrated and you will learn by applying these different techniques to produce your own unique individual prints.

There will be opportunities for you to use basic press processes and develop your skills through group and individual 1-2-1 guidance, practice and discussion.

Resources, such as handouts, will be used within each lesson and are available electronically.

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research . Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

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Additional Information

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Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides financial support for course fees, which is based on an eligibility criteria. For more information, please contact a member of the Learner Services team at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572