Printmaking (Foundation)

1. Overview

This course will cover basic processes in Relief and Intaglio Printmaking, including monoprinting, linocut, collagraph, drypoint and hard-ground etching.

The workshops will introduce you to each new technique through the production of small scale test pieces and will then instruct you on how to make original prints that are based on your own ideas, so students are asked to come with drawings that you would like to translate to print.

2. What you will study

The workshop facilities and general layout of the printmaking studios are organised to enable a creative and inventive approach to the production of fine prints.

Course tuition involves several methods of delivery including practical demonstrations, class talks, group/individual discussion and studio-based practice.

Students are encouraged to keep a visual diary, which reflects their personal practice, individual interests and the work of other artists. This becomes a personal journal of their development during the course.

3. Entry Requirements

This course provides an excellent starting point for beginners learning how to print.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £305

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU's conditions).


Please inform Gray's School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional information

Students must provide their own drawing materials and printing paper.

Students should bring a current sketchbook with them to use for primary source material.

Print workshop facilities, rollers and pallet knives will be provided.

View the Foundation Printmaking Materials List (PDF 105KB)

Students will be provided with inks, newsprint, etching sundries - grounds, stop out varnish, acids, white spirit, baby oil, methylated spirits, cleaning materials, lino blocks and perspex plates and mill board.

Students are advised to wear old clothing and an apron. A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course. All health and safety issues regarding the workshops are covered and COSHH information regarding specific substances used is available.

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Start Date

Semester One: 3/4/7 Oct - 21/22/25 Nov 2017
Semester Two: 9/10/13 Jan - 27/28 Feb/3 Mar 2018

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
Tuesdays/Wednesday 7:00pm - 9:30pm OR Saturday 10:00am - 12:30pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

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Gray's School of Art
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