Getting the most from your course

In order for students to get the most from their courses, a little advance preparation is required. Preparation varies by course.

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Colour Monotype
Techniques in Etching and Aquatint
Additional Processes in Etching and Aquatint
Collagraph
Trace Monotype
Colour Linocut


Colour Monotype

In order to get the most from your course I would request that you undertake a small amount of preparation work.

Firstly, I would like you to find some sort of colour image which will form the basis of your monotype design. This can be a painting (oil, watercolour, gouache, etc) which you have previously made yourself, or it can be a photograph, or a postcard image of another painting.

Secondly, I would like you to take a sheet of strong paper or thin card and make a drawing from your image, but, most importantly, it must be in line only. There are two sizes to which you can make your drawing – either to a maximum of around 18” x 25” for a full-sized sheet of print paper, or to a maximum of around 12” x 18” for a half-sized sheet. Your drawing can be reasonably simple (you don’t have to be too precise about everything) but it must relate fairly well to your colour image.

It would help also if you bring along any other preparatory work along with you.
Good luck!


Techniques in Etching and Aquatint

There are no particular preparatory requirements for this course other than to bring any drawings, photographs, ideas for paintings, etc, with you which you feel may be used as the basis for your print. Good luck!


Additional Processes in Etching and Aquatint

If you have already completed the previous course – Techniques in Etching and Aquatint – you will have a least one plate on which you can work further with the additional processes. If you have not undertaken the previous course you can still do the course on Additional Processes, but will naturally be working on a new plate. This is perfectly possible – it may in fact be the case that you will wish to work on a new plate even if you have produced one from the previous course – but, as for the previous course it would be helpful if you could bring with you drawings, photographs, etc, which you can use as the basis for your print. Good luck!


Collagraph

There are no specific requirements for this course, but if you wish to bring along any ideas about designs for your print, or if you wish to bring any materials – fabric, paper and card, plant material, etc to use in its creation – then these could be incorporated into your print design.


Trace Monotype

There are no specific requirements for this course, other than to bring any drawings, photographs, etc, that you wish to use. If you wish to work out of doors directly from the subject – “The Hay-Barn at Greystoke” was produced this way – then there are facilities which will allow you to do this. Good luck!


Colour Linocut

I would wish you to bring with you some sort of coloured image from which a design can be created. Since this is only a two-day course it will probably be sufficient to create an image of two (or at the most, three) colours together with the white of the paper as a third colour, for example: one or two blocks to print in colour, together with a “key” block to print in black. These, together with the white of the white of the paper, will produce a minimum of three colours, but with over-printing can produce many more. Therefore it would be helpful for you to bring ideas from which a bold, simple design may be created.

Once you have learned the technique you will, of course, be then able to produce a print with as many blocks as you wish! Good luck!