Printmaking - Short Course


The Friday Printmaking workshop provides a day workshop facility offering established artists and the new printmaker an opportunity to enhance and expand their print knowledge.

Where can I study?

What will I learn?

This printmaking course aims to provide a general overview of a number of basic printmaking techniques.

During the course you will learn how to make relief prints, mono-prints, collagraphs, etchings/aquatints, dry point etchings, paper stencil screen prints and photographic screen prints.

We have a fully equipped printmaking workshop with an Albion press, (Lino cuts) a Rochat press, (Etching) and a Starwheel press for collagraphs.

Students have the option to develop personal themes and ideas across the range of printmaking processes available. There is a great sense of community at the Friday Printmaking workshop and many students continue progressing in skill level.

Example modules
Etching Process
Preparing the plate – Soft ground/hard ground
Biting the plate
Inking and printing the plate
Aquatint preparation
Aquatint continued
Aquatint (hand applied)
Sugar Lift
Marbling techniques
Textured impressions (various)
Inking and printing the plate

How will I be assessed?

You are given an informal assessment at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements other than an interest in the subject.

Additional information

There are some additional costs for materials but the amount charged will depend on the type and quantity of materials used in projects. This can only be priced on a per project basis. A hard-backed A3 sketchbook is essential.

As part of your programme of study, you are strongly recommended to visit galleries, museums and exhibitions, and to familiarise yourself with artists. You may need to bring in various items, e.g. postcards of artworks. You will need an A3 sketchbook to track processes and show examples of your explorations and studies. It is also advisable to get an A2 portfolio to keep your prints flat and in good condition, to transport them etc.

Experienced students already inducted in monoprint, linocut, collagraphy, etching and silkscreen printing, have the option to develop personal themes and ideas across the range of printmaking processes available.

About the Tutor- Pam Dowson is experienced in teaching Fine Art and Life Drawing Classes courses at the Buckinghamshire College Group. Alongside a thorough understanding of the traditional techniques, Pam facilitates one to one guidance to encourage students to create their own style, develop individually and gain confidence.

Pam Dowson has a Masters in Printmaking and a Fine Art/Illustration degree

These are stand alone courses which can be joined at any point by prospective students. Starts available from 28th September 2018, 18th January 2019 and 24th April 2019

Costs & funding


Course Specification

Qualification type: Not applicable
Mode of study: Classroom Based
Start date: Multiple Start Dates
Course code: PSCREEXXXX
Duration (weeks): 10

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Help with fees may be available depending on your personal circumstances. More information

Fees for 2018/19 are yet to be confirmed. Please contact Admissions for further information 

01296 588 595

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