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Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking

Course Level: 1 (HE4) | HE Credits: 40 | Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week


This printmaking Open course develops your ability to observe in a selective way, develop your own visual ideas and means of expression. It enables you to gain experience and explore different printmaking techniques and media including monoprint, relief printing and collotype printmaking.  The course introduces and builds awareness of the work of historic and contemporary printmakers and the history of printmaking.

You will learn a variety of printmaking processes through a series of projects and experiments. Preparatory work includes analysis and selection from visual sources and carrying out observed and expressive drawing. Design, composition and colour projects will encourage you to extend your ideas into printed images. You will explore and experiment with printmaking media and techniques to extend your creative developments.

Throughout the Open course you will record discoveries and observations about printmaking in a learning log, (or online blog) together with your sketchbook work, self-assessment and reflections.


The course aims to:

  • A1 Develop your visual awareness and ways of expressing your visual ideas.
  • A2 Explore the use of different printmaking techniques and media;
  • A3 Develop awareness of the history of printmaking and the work of other printmakers.
  • A4 Develop your reflective skills.


On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • LO1 Use drawing for investigation, generating ideas, and recording and selecting visual information (A1)
  • LO2 Use a range of printmaking techniques and media skilfully (A2)
  • LO3 Demonstrate knowledge of some important artists and movements in the history of printmaking (A3)
  • LO4 Reflect upon your own learning experience (A4)

Course content

  • Monoprinting, positive and negative masking, coloured masks, textured and combination monoprinting.
  • Relief printing: linocuts, single colour, multi-block.
  • Collatype collage prints
  • Combined processes, including chine colle and other experiments.

Unit Leader

Katrina Whitehead

Unit Leader for Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking

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“I am a cross-disciplinary artist, working for OCA since 2008 on various modules including Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Painting and Art History. I am also a Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Contemporary Photographic Arts degree at Batley School of Art…”

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