Introduction to Printmaking

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC391
  • Duration: 10 weeks x 3 hours
  • Price: £295.00
  • Times: 18:00-21:00
  • Delivery Type: PT

Start Dates

  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

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Overview

This fabulous course is delivered by acclaimed visual artist and print maker, Sarah Hardacre and is relevant to artists looking to expand their skills and creative practice, Hobbyists/Amateur artists and Crafters, the course is also suitable for complete beginners – you don’t need any previous experience to attend this course.

About the tutor:

Sarah Hardacre is a visual artist and print maker living and working in Manchester and is currently a Fine Art Facilitator on the BA(hons) Visual Arts course at University Centre Blackburn College.

Through paper collage and silkscreen print her works reference a personal and social historical research, exploring the architectural legacies of post war housing development and a preoccupation with Modernism as a legacy of the welfare state. Using images of Brutalist skylines taken from local history archives, against women cut from second hand gentlemen’s magazines, her work questions the effects of urban regeneration, notions of privacy and how structures designed to induce collectivism have instead left a legacy of alienation, serving to marginalise working class communities and in particular working class women.

Sarah is represented by London based gallery Paul Stolper, with whom she had two major solo shows in 2012; ‘Heaven With the Gates Off’ in London and ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ in Oslo, Norway. Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and is included in the public collections of the British Museum and British Council and private collections worldwide including Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection in London.

In 2014, Hardacre’s print work was included in ‘UNDEREXPOSED’, a major survey of female artists and the medium of print over the last two decades, at the University of Kent alongside Barbara Hepworth, Tracy Emin, Cornelia Parker and Bridget Riley. In 2015, she curated the group exhibition ‘Superior Goods and Household Gods’ at Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery, that questioned notions of desire and the domestic and brought together emerging and established women artists from the North West including Hannah Farrell and Margaret Harrison. And in 2016, Sarah was a key partner and member of the judging panel on the inaugural Greater Manchester Arts Prize established by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

 

See here for examples of Sarah’s works:

http://www.paulstolper.com/artists/portfoliolist/25-sarah-hardacre
http://www.artrepublic.com/articles/450-sarah-hardacre-artist-interview.html

 

What will I study?

A broad introduction to printmaking skills, processes, materials and applications as well as professional studio practice. The print processes covered include Monoprint, Drypoint, Linocut, Painterly Screen Print and Photo Screen Print.   

Over ten weeks, this course gives students a grounding in basic printmaking techniques covering intaglio, relief and screen print processes working in varying media across paper and fabric.

 

  • Monoprint is a simple term for a one-off print and this course will focus on trace monoprint, which will enable the student to experiment in mark making and drawing while learning how to work professionally with oil based printing inks.
  • Drypoint is an intaglio process whereby scratches are made into a plate using a needle, that gives a line for the ink to sit in, and is practically like engraving. Students will develop practical applications with oil based inks and learn how to use traditional etching presses.
  • Linocut is a process from the family or genre of relief printing methods and gives a distinct aesthetic like a woodcut. Designs are carved into the surface of the lino and images impressed onto paper using presses. Students will produce a one colour print using a variety of printing presses and learn the process for reduction lino printing.
  • Screen printing is one of the very few direct printmaking processes and offers the versatility to print to fabrics as well as paper.  Students will learn the process of creating a hand drawn design direct to screen to print to a fabric panel, t-shirt or tote bag as well as creating a two colour photo screen print edition to paper.

 

 

 

Entry Requirements

This fabulous course is delivered by acclaimed visual artist and print maker, Sarah Hardacre and is relevant to artists looking to expand their skills and creative practice, Hobbyists/Amateur artists and Crafters, the course is also suitable for complete beginners – you don’t need any previous experience to attend this course.

What can I do next?

Foundation Art & Design, Higher Education Art & Design courses, Hotbed Press discipline specific courses and Hotbed Press/Neo Studios/Artlab (UCLAN) professional studio member application for continued practice.  The course will also give students skills and techniques to continue practice at home or in the studio and will develop a knowledge of equipment needed to continue independent artistic practice.

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email business@blackburn.ac.uk

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