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Brief description

For both beginners and those with some experience. Learn and develop techniques in printing – including etching, block print and silk screen – in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All materials are safe and non-toxic.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

For people who want to develop their basic printing skills.

Course description in brief

The leisure course aims, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, to provide a community of craft, encouraging creativity and expression through the practice of printmaking.

This course will use only non-toxic acrylic inks, there will no solvents or acids used. Sharp tools will be used.

Each session aims to enable students to progress at their own pace.

While promoting a lively and mutually supportive group, the course aims to provide:

  • instruction in basic print methods, including block-print, silk screen and intaglio processes.
  • guidance in safety and good practice in the workshop.
  • encouragement to stretch students’ creative skills.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • Developed and improved my printmaking skills
    • Experimented with various printing techniques
    • Learned and followed good health and safety protocols
    • Made a single or set of finished prints suitable for mounting
    • Discussed, with other members of the class, my own work

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No qualifications needed. The class is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Paper can be purchased from the tutor at 5 pence per sheet. To start the course the tutor will provide equipment for you to use on the course. Some inexpensive plates will be provided (eg lino, silver card) and charged for at cost price.

Printing is sometimes messy; wearing overalls or old clothes is advisable in the workshop.

All finished work that a student makes will belong to the student.

What materials will I need for the course?

All materials will need to be purchased.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

This ten-week course will start with a brief induction for health and safety advise. The print room and print equipment are potentially dangerous and students should take care and assess risk at all times. There will be no use of toxic materials in this course. Sharp tools will be used.

The classes will be based around demonstration of print techniques, with time then to practice and develop new skills. The tutor will be in attendance to give advice and support. Students may want to extend their work at home, finding interesting imagery to use and developing their designs.

Part of the course time will be given to printing finished work (either a single piece or series)

There will be a break during the class to allow relaxation and discussion of work if students want to.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

Students should arrive promptly, and during the class clear up their own space. Students need to follow the safety rules in the print room, and act responsibly at all times. Students can research and prepare work at home. Students will be encouraged to look out at prints in libraries and galleries.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in an informal review session at the end of each term to look at your work and evaluate how you are progressing in context with the learning outcomes.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

  • The course will give some work suitable for folio presentation to other courses in Further and Higher Education.
  • The course will foster skills suitable for arts and graphics environments.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.

If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the course manager (Joan Mcleod)

At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
S545b 2 Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 10 Jan to 21 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £121.00; R rate £94.00; A rate £67.00 (funder_code:S)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.