ART06090 2019 Printmaking 2 (Advanced printmaking techniques)

General Details

Full Title
Printmaking 2 (Advanced printmaking techniques)
Transcript Title
Printmaking 2 (Advanced printm
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

Learners will develop and extend their knowledge of workshop practice acquired in 'Printmaking 1'. Screen-printing, Lino-block and etching techniques will be introduced. The historical and artistic development of screen-printing, lino-block and etching techniques will be explored through illustrated lectures and discussion. Learners will practice screen-printing, lino-block and etching techniques through a themed project. Workshops will be based on the teaching and practice of a specific skill-set, namely a range of screen-printing techniques including paper stencils and photo-based stencils, lino-block including single colour and reduction methods, and a range of etching techniques including hard-ground, soft-ground and aquatint.

Learning Outcomes

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


Have extended their general knowledge of printmaking techniques and practices.


Be capable of making printed images using basic screen-printing, lino-block and etching techniques.


Have acquired knowledge of the artistic and historical development of etching, lino-block and screen-printing practices.


Develop printed imagery through a themed engagement with etching, lino-block and screen-printing processes. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Workshop demonstrations and practices will include;

The preparation of mesh screens, the preparation and processing of paper and photo-based stencils, the printing of screen-printed images.

The preparation of metal plates, the preparation and processing of hard and soft ground techniques, of aquatint techniques, and of printing etched plates.

The preparation of lino-blocks, cutting blocks, single colour and multi-colour reduction methods, and printing lino-blocks.

Illustrated lectures will demonstrate the historical and artistic development of fine art printmaking, especially through the techniques of etching, lino-block and screen-printing.

One to one tutorials will support the conceptual and thematic development of students work.

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 etching and screen-printing 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.

Module Dependencies

ART06086 201900 Printmaking 1 (Simple printmaking techniques)

Indicative Syllabus

Etching, lino-block and screen-printing techniques will be introduced.

Students will learn the following through a direct engagement with printmaking materials and processes; Underlying principles. Materials, tools and equipment. Preparation of appropriate matrices. Properties and characteristics of printing inks. Paper handling. Registration techniques.




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Printmaking 2 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

Recommended Reading
2016-01-05 Modern Printmaking Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN 9781607747598 ISBN-13 1607747596

A technical and inspirational book on the history and contemporary processes for relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media/transfers, and post digital graphics, with extended profiles of 30 contemporary printmakers. Featuring instruction, interviews, example images, and philosophy, it provides a modern look at printmaking today, in all its forms

Recommended Reading
2003 Screenprinting
ISBN 0500284253 ISBN-13 9780500284254

Detailed, step-by-step instructions, along with more than 250 illustrations, most in full color, provide a close-up look at the art of screenprinting, covering each stage in the printing process and offering helpful tips on setting up and equipping one's own studio, materials, creative techniques, and presenting one's finished prints. Original.

Recommended Reading
2004 Etching Crowood Press
ISBN 1861265972 ISBN-13 9781861265975

Etching today is regarded as the old man of printmaking, its roots lying with alchemists and armourers. It has slowly evolved over the centuries, taking and incorporating new developments such as photography in its stride. This book teaches the basics of etching, such as the materials required, how to prepare a plate, and ways of making marks using hard ground, soft ground an aquatint; other etching techniques including spit-bite and sugar lift and how to transfer images onto the plate using photo etching; engraving, such as various ways of marking the plate without acid, drypoint, line engraving, stipple engraving, and mezzotint; and printing advice on papers and inks, the printing process, and advanced techniques such as color printing.

Recommended Reading
2017-10 Screenprinting
ISBN 0500293201 ISBN-13 9780500293201

Screenprinting is in the midst of a popular revival among beginners, students, hobbyists and experts alike, but there are very few recent publications that give actual fundamental information on its techniques and processes. This book provides the missing manual on this very popular practice. It includes iInspirational step-by-steps with leading artists, illustrators and designers, including Ben Eine and Rob Ryan. In each step-by-step original work is created to showcase a key process or technique such as hand-cut stencils, colour blending and monoprinting. The information on materials and techniques, along with tips, insights and troubleshooting, will ensure today's creatively minded screenprinters will be able to produce eye-catching work of their own. The book also gives valuable advice to the budding screenprinter on how to organize an exhibition or screenprinting event and promote and sell their work. Deliciously fresh and visual, with specially commissioned photographs and written by a vibrant, innovative group working and teaching at the very epicentre of the contemporary screenprinting scene, this book is the complete modern guide for screenprinters of all levels of knowledge and skill, and will have a vital presence in their studios and workshops.

Recommended Reading
2011 Learning Linocut Bright Pen
ISBN 0755213300 ISBN-13 9780755213306

Learning Linocut is an exciting and detailed guide to the art of relief printing by exploring linocut. The book takes the reader on a comprehensive tour of the whole creative process, from generating ideas and setting up a studio space to cutting techniques, mark-making and printing a lino block. The book also covers more complex techniques for multiple-coloured linocuts including the reduction technique, the key-block system and experimental linocutting. Learning Linocut contains plenty of easy to follow step-by-step guides (illustrated by colour photos), interesting and innovative suggestions of ways to work with lino and even useful 'tips' from the author providing extra pointers for things to try next. The linocut techniques discussed in this book can either be carried out at home or in a professional printmaking studio. Packed full of colour images Step-by-step guides to each technique Provides lists of materials and equipment needed Investigates how to generate ideas and gain inspiration for prints Information on cutting techniques, mark-making and image interpretation Explains printing and registration methods Explores multiple-coloured prints - reduction and key-block systems How to store, finish and sell linocut prints Includes a selection of interesting linocut projects Useful 'tips' from the author throughout the book Whether you are a complete beginner to art, just new to printmaking or you are an accomplished printmaker looking for some new ideas and tips, there will be something in here for you to take away. This is a must read for anyone interested in linocut printing!

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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.