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Institutional Printmaking Courses

 

PRINTMAKING – SHORT COURSE (4 weeks)
Start every first Monday of the month (except June, July, August, December)
from Monday to Friday: 9 am – 1 pm
€ 800 (materials not included)
This is regarded as the basic module for an initial approach to the main themes of hand printmaking: an introduction to tools and specific materials, preparation of zinc or copper plates from the beveling of the edge to the application of the ground; sketch conception, execution of drawing and their transferral to the plate; introduction to black an white etching and aquatint, including practical work; an introduction to other printmaking techniques (i.e. drypoint, soft ground etching) introduction to printing processes with a hand-operated press and relative exercises. Even those who already have a basic technical grounding or who do not have much time will find that the course provides scope for more in-depht study and individual experimentation.

PRINTMAKING – BASE COURSE
2019: January 9th or April 1st or September 9th

from Monday to Friday: 9 am – 1 pm
€ 2.250 (materials not included)
The course offers opportunities for beginners or intermediates to start a personal creative research. The course offers practical, straightforward training in the use of the traditional techniques. The workshop practice is strongly underlined. This course is regarded as the basic module for an initial approach to the main themes of printmaking: a solid knowledge of the tools and the specific materials, preparation of zinc or copper plates from the beveling of the edge to the application of the ground; sketch conception, execution of drawing and their transferral to the plate; introduction to black an white etching and aquatint, including practical work; an a basic train of other printmaking techniques (drypoint, soft ground etching, pastel-manner, sugar-lift) introduction to printing processes with a hand-operated press and relative exercises, including some print variation.

PRINTMAKING – ADVANCED COURSE
2019: January 9th – June 28th
from Monday to Friday: 9 am – 1 pm
€ 3.800 (materials not included)
The scale of the course permits comprehensive coverage of all the traditional hand-printmaking techniques and printing procedures (i.e. chine collé, the use of Japanese paper)  and allows for extensive individual work. Depending on the chosen period of study, the following may also be run: various intensive workshops focusing on particular techniques, for instance the use of the burin on copper or end-grain wood; sessions with prominent artists, printmakers and other specialists in the field; framing and mounting; the production of folders and individual portfolios.

PRINTMAKING – SPECIALIZATION COURSE
2019: January 9th – November 29th
(summer break July and August)
from Monday to Friday: 9 am – 1 pm
€ 5.000 (materials not included)

This year-long course teaches and provides practical training in all the printmaking techniques, with each module focusing on various techniques. Students learn through a regular schedule of training involving highly technical exercises that are fully geared to the individual’s interests. During the first module, particular emphasis is given to etching and aquatint, and also to the use of drypoint and soft ground etching.
The second and third modules offer wired research into the experience with the previously studied techniques, plus pastel method, spit bite, sugar lift and chine collé printing method, as well as the opportunity to work with other, more experimental, techniques.
These modules also includes various intensive workshops focusing on particular techniques such as woodcut, mezzotint or engraving on copper plates and end-grain wood and practical sessions in black-and-white printing. 
During the last module it will be possible for interested students to learn about the preparation of art books and the letterpress printing technique and/or color etching using the multiple plate method, which involves the use of four aquatint matrices, and also the “à la poupée” method. 
Attending the three modules provides an in depth knowledge of all the main black-and-white traditional intaglio, engraving and hand-printing techniques, and a well rounded proficiency in running a printmaking studio.
At the end of the course the student’s work will be judged by a board of teachers and experts.