ART06086 2019 Printmaking 1 (Simple printmaking techniques)

General Details

Full Title
Printmaking 1 (Simple printmaking techniques)
Transcript Title
Printmaking 1 (Simple printmak
75 %
Subject Area
ART - Art
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John Graham
Programme Membership
SG_AARTT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_AARTT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

An introduction to fine art printmaking. The learner will be introduced to the basic principles underlying printmaking and to its historical and artistic contexts. Learners will explore visual ideas through a themed project. Workshops will be based on the teaching and practice of a specific skill set, namely mono-printing, carborundum and dry-point techniques. Basic workshop procedures will be introduced. Students will become familiar with a range of printmaking tools, materials and processes.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand the basic principles of fine art printmaking and be versed in the range of printmaking techniques covered in the semester.


Have some understanding of the potential of printmaking as an art-making strategy.


Produce, interpret, manipulate and develop imagery through the exploitation of basic printmaking processes and techniques.


Be capable of working safely and effectively in the printmaking workshop.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will learn through a direct engagement with printmaking materials and processes.

The principles underlying printmaking processes will be explained.

The appropriate use of tools, materials and workshop equipment will be demonstrated.

Workshop demonstrations will include the preparation of appropriate matrices, the properties and characteristics of printmaking inks, types of paper and correct preparation and handling, and registration techniques for single and multiple plate images.

Through one to one tutorials students will gain an understanding of conceptual and thematic approaches to printmaking.

Field trips and visiting artists will complement the students work programme.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessments will take place in the final week of the semester. A mid-semester review with suitable feedback will help monitor the students progress. The assessment will be based on an evaluation of presented course work. Students will present relevant work made during the semester, to include preparatory drawings and notes, notebooks, proofs and final prints.  Students work ethic, capacity to understand and develop technical strategies, and a demonstration of thematic comprehension and development will be considered. The effective development, execution and presentation of work will be evaluated.

Repeat Assessments

A comprehensive repeat project brief will be offered to students who fail to achieve a pass grade or better for the module. The repeat project will include mono-printing, dry-point and carborundum requirements. The deadline for the repeat project will be August 31 of the relevant academic year. In evaluating the repeat project work the effective development, execution and presentation of the project work will be considered.

Indicative Syllabus

The semester highlights the cultural significance of fine art printmaking and the historical background to printmaking processes.

Learners will be introduced to the layout and general operations of the printmaking workshop.

There will be introductory workshops in mono-printing, carborundum and dry-point techniques.

Health and safety in the workshop will be explained and practised. 



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation of course work in Printmaking 1 Semester 1 Practical Assessment 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Printmaking Studio Printmaking. Various techniques and practices. 7 Fortnightly 3.50
Lecture Printmaking Studio History of Printmaking 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1996 Prints and Printmaking
ISBN 071412608X ISBN-13 9780714126081

This revised work provides a basic introduction to prints and printmaking. It provides explanations of different techniques of printmaking and illustrates both details and whole prints to show the effects that can be achieved. Woodcut, engraving and mezzotint are among the different processes explained and placed within an historical context.

Required Reading
2015-08-25 Printmaking Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1780671946 ISBN-13 9781780671949

Printmaking is a practical and comprehensive guide to printmaking techniques. This fully updated edition includes expanded chapters on digital and mixed media processes, and a brand new 'Print & Make' chapter, which explores the opportunities for creative expression within the many processes available to print makers. The more traditional techniques of relief, intaglio, collograph, lithography, screen printing and monoprint have also been refreshed with the addition of new images showing a broader range of subject matter, including more contemporary prints and international artists. A new section on the traditions and techniques of Japanese woodblock printing completes the update. Each technique is explored from the development of the printing or digital matrix, through the different stages of creation to image output. Clear step-by-step illustrations, interviews with contemporary printmakers and a wide range of images showing the best of cutting-edge printmaking today offer an inspirational resource. Guidance on how to set up a print studio, sections on troubleshooting techniques and the inclusion of up-to-date lists of suppliers, workshops and galleries make this an essential volume for beginner and experienced printmakers alike.

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Fully equipped printmaking workshop, including etching press, screen-printing press, block-printing press, A3 digital printer and connected scanner and computer, relevant imaging software, metal cutting guillotine, darkroom, vacuum bed, drying press, washout room. Wide range of tools and materials. Work tables and storage areas.