Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Printmaking 3- Intaglio, Stone and Plate Lithography
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
AR10120 and AR10220
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 1 Hour Lectures
Tutorial 11 x 3 Hour Tutorials
Practical 22 x 3 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio Submission including: Sketchbook of research material  25%
Semester Assessment 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 proficiency in both intaglio printmaking and / or stone and / or plate lithography - as appropriate to personal research
b) Produce a body of work that clearly demonstrates a thematic approach to research that gives expression to personal concerns and ideas
c) Produce a body of work that demonstrates an experimental approach to printmaking and provides evidence of a line of enquiry and research
d) Produce a sketchbook containing drawings, written and visual material demonstrating ability in visual research and development of images appropriate for printmaking
e) Exploit techniques of lithography and intaglio printmaking with sensitivity to process and content
f) Contextualize their art practice in relation to historical and contemporary traditions of printmaking
g) Exercise efficient use of studio facilities and time with regard to health and safety issues

Brief description

Modules AR22520 Printmaking 3 and AR22630 Printmaking 4 run concurrently and aim to encourage exploration of the creative potential of printmaking and the development of increased technical and graphic vocabulary through experimentation with a wide range of printmaking techniques and use of mixed media. In addition to the processes of relief printing and screenprinting, students will also have the opportunity to adopt one or more of the following:
intaglio techniques including the use of drypoint, engraving, hard and soft ground, aquatint, mezzotint and photo etching.

The module also provide instruction on methods of printing in black and white and in colour using multiple plates, monotype, chine colle and using other mixed media approaches; techniques of stone lithography, plate lithography, photoplate lithography and waterless lithography, drawing using crayon and tusche, etching and printing in black and white and in colour. There will also be opportunity to develop photographic and digital techniques for photo plate lithography
As well as developing technical proficiency in printmaking, this module places strong emphasis upon the development of a 'personal statement' and requires the student to maintain a sketchbook of relevant research material and to produce a portfolio of work related to an identifiable theme or line of enquiry over a sustained period of time. As such the module provides opportunities for testing both technical and conceptual aspects of working in preparation for work that may lead to Exhibition in the final year.


The purpose of this module is to promote and develop the student's technical competence and understanding of printmaking by encouraging experimental and independent approaches to print media based upon the continued development of self-directed study initiated during the first semester. The module also provides opportunities for broadening the student's experience of printmaking by offering instruction in techniques of intaglio and lithography.


Innovation and Development

  • Innovation and Development in Printmaking: Research Formats and Methods including examples of thematic research, technical research, historical research, visual research and research techniques employed in developing personal statements or lines of enquiry in printmaking
  • Group Seminar: Brainstorming for Personal Statement
  • Prints from the University Collection and UWA Student Archive
  • Prints from a Tamarind Portfolio
  • Innovation and Development in Printmaking: Mixed Media Prints
  • Mid Term Review and Critique of Student Work
  • Portfolio Submission, curating prints and Examination Guidelines

  • Introduction to Lithography: Historical Perspective of Technical Developments in lithography 1798-Present
  • Stone Lithography I: Graining Stones
  • Stone Lithography II: Drawing on Stone
  • Stone Lithography III: Etching Drawings on Stone
  • Stone Lithography IV: Printing in Black and White
  • Stone Lithography V: Monotype techniques and use of Chine Colle
  • Stone Lithography VI: Specialist techniques of Lo-Shu Wash and Maniere Noire
  • Stone Lithography VII: Specialist techniques of transfer lithography
  • Introduction to Aluminium Plate Lithography and printing in colour
  • Introduction to using Positive and Negative Photoplates
  • Introduction to Waterless Lithography
Intaglio Printmaking

  • Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking: Historical Overview of Technical Developments 1500-2000
  • Revision of the use of Hard and Soft Ground in Etching
  • Etching plates using Ferric Chloride - step etching
  • Papers, Paper Preparation and Printing in Black and White
  • Techniques of Aquatint: Tone, Texture, Colour, Maniere Noir (Mezzotint) and Spit Biting
  • Colour Printing I: Inking a la poupee and use of Chine Colle*
  • Colour Printing II: Relief Printing, Multiple Plate Printing and Jigsaw / Free form Plates
  • Introduction to Photo Etching

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 relief printing and in lithography
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 development of specific skills of relief printing, stone and plate lithography, editioning and presentation development of studio practice, self-management and time management 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


This module is at CQFW Level 5