Printmaking by Hand

In this short workshop, students will learn how to print their own mono and relief prints using mixed media techniques and a press in the studio. This taster class will introduce and encourage you to produce images as prints using a variety of drawing and printmaking techniques.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • create printed images very quickly by using the monoprinting technique;
  • cut and print a small relief image using a press;
  • create a variety of marks by using a selection of cutting tools to produce a print.

Printmaking by Hand

Room G.09/G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
1.5 hours
Day(s) and Times(s)
Thu 3 Aug, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Subject Area
Gregor McAlpine
Room G.09/G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day
  • The tutor will give a brief introduction to and demonstration of monoprinting techniques. The students will then be encouraged to produce monoprints.
  • The tutor will give a brief introduction to relief printmaking. They will give a demonstration of cutting techniques and encourage the student to create relief prints.
  • The students will be shown how to ink their relief block and print their image using a press.

This course will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will suggest follow up reading, research and practice to undertake each week to support their studies. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Core Readings

A general awareness of prints produced by artists.

A visit to the Open Eye Gallery “Print Room” to view their selection of artists prints.

Bring an image that the student may like to make a print of.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided.

Available to purchase during course

  • Lino/ MDF wood?
  • Paper for printing?

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • Wood/Lino cutting tools
  • Printing inks
  • Printing press
  • Lino or MDF wood
  • Proofing paper including newsprint and cartridge
  • Tissue paper

Essential materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • Drawing materials including pencils and a rubber
  • An apron or old short to protect clothes
  • Glue stick
  • A pair of inexpensive rubber gloves
  • A selection of papers for mono and relief printing
  • A selection of colour papers for collage

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.