Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 3 x 1 hour seminars 5 x 1 hour group tutorials
Practical 10 x 6 hours of studio-based practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Sketchbook and related research material  25%
Semester Assessment Portfolio Submission including: Portfolio of Prints   75%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Produce a portfolio of prints that clearly demonstrates experimentation and proficiency in processes of printmaking as appropriate to personal research
b) Produce a body of research that includes sketchbook, drawings, written and visual material that clearly demonstrates a line of enquiry that gives expression to personal concerns and ideas
c) Sustain working and resolution of editioned prints
d) Identify and develop techniques and processes of printmaking that are appropriate to their work
e) Identify clearly, artists, practice, processes and issues that are of relevance and pertinence to their own work
f) Maximize full use of the studio facilities and time for working towards resolution of prints

Brief description

This module which runs concurrently with AR32040 Printmaking 6 aims to promote self-directed study and emphasises the need for sustained and focussed workshop-based activity. Tutorial support is given on a one-to-one basis and a number of demonstrations in advanced printmaking techniques are offered ? as required. A professional approach to printmaking is expected and considerable commitment outside of timetabled sessions is required if a full programme of research is to be engaged upon. For the module students are expected to research and develop a strong conceptual or thematic basis for their work using subject matter that is meaningful and important to them. Development of subject matter may derive from work carried out at Level 2 or may initiate from newly formed ideas and aspirations. Definition of appropriate subject matter is determined by discussion between the student and tutor and a programme of research and development is then suggested and agreed. For Single honours Students, this programme of research is closely allied to work that is completed for AR30620 Research and Process in Practice and it is important to realise that one module will inform the other.Students are expected to produce a portfolio of prints and associated sketchbook of drawings, written and visual material, demonstrating both thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media. Completed prints should be executed with high regard to presentation and printmaking convention and wherever appropriate ? work should be fully editioned and presented in a professional manner.


This module promotes self-directed study and focuses upon the conceptual and practical aspects of art practice, the ideas and subject matter, processes, systems, frameworks and precedents governing the processes of making art. Specifically in this module, students concentrate upon developing an experimental approach to the production of printmaking, researching, testing out ideas, formats and methods and refining their practice in preparation for work on the final exhibition.


Research and Print Directed Practice

  • Group Seminar: Researching Lines of Enquiry in Theme and Technique
  • Importance of sketchbooks, research into appropriate modes of working
  • Prints from the University Collection and UWA Student Archive
  • Mid Term Review and Critique of Student Work
  • Portfolio Submission and Examination Guidelines
Studio Demonstrations (as required)

The emphasis of the module is upon experimentation in a variety of printmaking media and techniques - many of which will have been experienced during Modules studied at Level 2 that will enable students to develop a personalised mode of working. Opportunity to learn new or more advanced skills can be arranged as required and from the following:
  • Adobe Photoshop: Digital Printmaking
  • Adobe Photoshop: Digital applications in traditional printmaking
  • Photo-Etching Techniques
  • Colour Viscosity Etching
  • Mezzotint
  • Wood Engraving
  • Reduction Technique in Lithography
  • Aluminium Plate Lithography
  • Positive and Negative Photo Plate Lithography
  • Waterless Lithography

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during workshop-based activity and during tutorials and group seminars
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical approach to creative working and professional conduct in the production of a portfolio of prints
Information Technology development of graphic IT skills through use of digital imaging programmes such as Adobe Photoshop
Problem solving development of practical printmaking skills and problem solving in aspects of printmaking and in through research
Research skills development of a programme of research and self directed work that provides evidence of experimental approach to printmaking and gives expression to the development of a personal statement
Subject Specific Skills developing skills of print editioning and presentation development of self-management, time management and use of studio facilities for completion of self-directed project work development of awareness of related health and safety issues
Team work development and encouragement of team work and student interaction occurs during workshop-based activity and during tutorials and group seminars

Reading List

Recommended Text
Adam, Robert andRobertson, Carol (2004) Screenprinting: The Complete Water Based System Thames and Hudson Primo search Adams, Clinton (1985) American Lithographers 1900-1960. The Artists and their Printers UNM Press, Primo search Adams, Clinton (1998) Nineteenth century Lithography in Europe, The University of New Mexico Press Primo search Adams, Clinton & Antreasian, Garo (1970) The Tamarind Book of Lithography, Art &Techniques, Abrams Primo search Brett, S (2000) Wood Engraving: How to do it Primrose Hill Press Primo search Brunsdon, John (1965) Technique of Etching and Engraving, Batsford Primo search Buckland-Wright, John (1953) Etching and Engraving: Techniques and the Modern Trend, Studio Primo search Castleman, Riva (1983) Prints from Blocks, Museum of Modern art, New York Primo search Castleman, Riva (1988) Prints of the 20th Century, Thames and Hudson, Primo search Chamberlain, W (1978) The Thames and Hudson Manual of Woodcut Printing, Thames & Hudson, Primo search Chamberlain, Walter (1972,1992) The T&H Manual of Etching & Engraving Thames and Hudson Primo search Croft, Paul (2003) Plate Lithography, A&C Black Printmaking Series, Primo search Croft, Paul (2001) Stone lithography A&C Black Printmaking Series, Primo search Devon, Marjorie (2000) Tamarind: Forty Years, Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico Press, Primo search Gale, Colin (2006) Etching and Photopolymer Intaglio Techniques A&C Black Primo search Gilmour, Pat (1981) Artists in Print, BBC Publications Primo search Gilmour, Pat (1978) The Mechanised Image, Arts Council of Great Britain Primo search Griffiths, Anthony (1990) Avant-Garde British Printmaking British Museum Press Primo search Griffiths, Anthony (1980) Prints and Printmaking, Introduction to History and Techniques, British Museum Publications Primo search Gross, Anthony (1970) Etching, Engraving and Intaglio Printmaking Oxford University Press Primo search Henning, R (1994) Screen printing water based techniques Watson Guptill, New York Primo search Hoskins, Steve (2004) Inks, A&C Black Printmaking Series, A&C Black Primo search Hoskins, Steve (2003) Water-Based Screenprinting, A&C Black Printmaking Series, A&C Black Primo search Ivins, William (1968) Prints and Visual Communications, Cambridge Massachusetts, Primo search King, Brian (2005) Photo Etching Special Interest Model Books Primo search Knigin, Michael (1970) The techniques of Fine Art Lithography, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. Primo search Leaf, Ruth (1984) Etching, Engraving and Other Intaglio Techniques Dover Publications Primo search Lumsden, ES (2000) The Art of Etching Dover Publications Primo search Mara, Tim (1979) The T&H Manual of Screen printing, Thames and Hudson, London Primo search Mayor, A Hyatt (1971) Princeton University Press and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Menzies, J (1992) Contemporary Japanese prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sidney Primo search Ross, Romano & Ross (1974) The Complete Relief Print, Collier Macmillan, London Primo search Salter, Rebecca (2001) Japanese Woodblock Printing A&C Black printmaking Series Primo search Senefelder, Alois (1977) A Complete Course of Lithography Da Capo Press, Primo search Smith, Alan (2004) Etching: A Guide to Traditional Techniques The Crowood Press Primo search South Bank Centre (1991) The Woodblock and the Artist. The Life and Work of Shiko Munakata. SBC Primo search Stobart, Jane (2000) Printmaking for beginners A&C Black Printmaking Series Primo search Stromquist, Annie (2005) Simple Screenprinting: Basic Techniques and Creative Projects Lark Books Primo search Tamarind Institute (1999) Aluminium Plate Lithography Karen Beckwith, UNM Press, Primo search Tamarind Institute (1970) The Tamarind Technical Papers, Volumes 1-17 Tamarind Institute, UNM Press Primo search Trevelyan, Julian (1963) Etching, Studio Vista Primo search Turner, Silvie (1991) Which Paper? Estamp Primo search Twyman, Michael (1970) Lithography 1800-1850 The techniques of drawing on Stone.. OUP Primo search Vicary, Richard (1976) The Thames and Hudson Manual of Lithography, Thames and Hudson Primo search Westly, Ann (2001) Relief Printing A&C Black Printmaking series Primo search Wisneski, Kurt (1995) Monotype/Monoprint, Bullbrier Press, Primo search
Recommended Background
Karen Beckwith (1999) Aluminium Plate Lithography: A manual Tamarind Institute. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6