Part-time, Evening, Blended, On-line Programmes

Drawing to Printmaking


The aim of this programme is to introduce participants to a wide variety of drawing and printmaking skills, materials and processes. This course is aimed at both beginners and those who already have drawing skills but wish to expand their capabilities into printmaking. Through structured lesson plans the students would develop skills and a confidence in the areas of drawing, observation and visual research leading to an investigation into the fine art practice of printmaking.

Entry Requirement

There are no formal academic entry requirements. This programme is suitable for anyone wishing to explore their creative potential and learn new skills and are 15 years and older. Students will also be required to provide certain materials. Further information on materials required will be issued upon request.


First four weeks of this course will concentrate on developing and honing our drawing skills. We will be investigating still life, life drawing, live action drawing, observational and perspective drawing through different materials and visual research. In the final six weeks we will use all the skills acquired in the first four weeks and commence an exploration into:

Monoprint, (a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, there are multiple originals),

Drypoint (a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed “needle” of sharp metal or diamond point)

Woodcut (a relief printing technique in printmaking. An artist carves an image into the surface of a block of wood—typically with gouges—leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts. Areas that the artist cuts away carry no ink, while characters or images at surface level carry the ink to produce the print.

At the end of the ten week course students should expect to have gained strong knowledge and skills in drawing and visual research and acquired a great beginner’s knowledge of fine art Printmaking.



Continuous evaluation will take place during the programme with final evaluation on completion of programme. Each participant should produce some working drawings that will inform their printmaking practice and produce finished prints. This course is a process led and there is ample room to explore your newly developed skills.


An LIT Certificate of Completion will be issued to eligible participants



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