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Winchester School of Art

Short Course – Printmaking and Bookbinding

During this course you will study, explore and experiment with a variety of printmaking and bookbinding techniques in a relaxing, creative environment. Each session will feature both a theoretical and practical element, allowing students to develop a technical understanding of printmaking but also an awareness of the history and artists; providing insight and context for your own work. Through presentations and guided demonstrations, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the method and techniques before applying this through development of your own output and artistic practice. Your tutor will support throughout the process and ensure you can work safely with the different media. Over the duration of the course you will develop your own sketchbook, added to each session, before finally producing your own artists’ book in the final session.


This course is held on Thursdays from 6.30 to 8.30pm. There will be no session on 20th February 2020 during half term week. Week 1 commences on Thursday 9th January 2020.

Week 1 – Bookbinding. You will study the history of bookbinding and a range of techniques, including Coptic, Japanese and Perfect-bind. You will learn to construct a simple saddle-bound sketchbook which you will use throughout the course.

Week 2 – Cyanotyping. You will study the history of cyanotypes and explore how pigment is used today. You will learn to mix and prepare paper/fabric with cyanotype sensitizer to take away with you and experiment at home.

Week 3 – Ecoprinting. You will explore different ecoprinting techniques and their application, with a demonstration. Throughout this session you will create a series of ecoprints and experiment with mixed media, using embroidery, watercolours and fineliners.

Week 4 – Monotypes. You will study the different types of monotyping, including illustrative, painterly, resist and stencilling – in this session you will have the opportunity to try each technique and produce your own works.

Week 5 – Lino Carving. You will study the historic use of lino and wood reduction printing with a range of samples and examples. You will learn how to cave safely before experimenting with mark-marking techniques and different tools. You will create your own A5 carved block.

Week 6 – Lino Printing. In this session you will explore a range of different printing blocks supplied by the Tutor, examining the properties and techniques used for each. You will produce carvings using different printing methods including single, jigsaw and gradient colour techniques.

Week 7 – Drypoint Etching. You will study the history of intaglio printing and different techniques, including etching, sugarlift and aquatint. Through demonstration you will see how to carve and print with drypoint plates, before creating your own plates and prints.

Week 8 – Callographs. You will explore different collagraph techniques and their strengths, including with/without varnish and intaglio relief inking. You will compose and secure your own collagrah plate before printing using both the relief and intaglio methods.

Week 9 – Assembling Artists’ Books. In this session you will study a range of famous artists’ books and the associated history and context. You will build an imposition plan for your own artists book and learn to consider placement and construction, in addition to preparing content and pages.

Week 10 – Binding Artists’ Books. In the final session you will review all the different methods for binding an artist’s book you have learned over the duration of the Short Course, with a view to binding and covering your own Artist’s book.

Course Aims & Outcomes

This course aims to:

Bookings for the short course are made via the University of Southampton online store, where you will be required to complete some basic information about yourself/the attendee. Please note, in some instances we may also ask you to complete some additional forms once your booking has been made, including but not limited to: photography permission forms and pickup/drop-off details for those aged 16 or less.

The fee for Printmaking and Bookbinding is £275 and includes the cost of any materials, which we will provide.

For more information about bookings or for any further information on our short courses please contact Kay May, Director of External Affairs, via or 023 8059 6906.

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