Tutoring for Better Printmaking

Printmaking may seem like an easy task, but it is far from that, and this page of the visual arts blog is meant to offer users who happen to come across or even choose to practice printmaking, a short guide for the techniques used, as well as a presentation of the various tutoring services provided by the club’s founding members.

There are three main types of printmaking, all differing from each other through the transfer medium, print surfaces, and print method itself. Relief printing, intaglio and lithography constitute the basis upon which all printmaking is carried out, and getting to master the technique required in each one can be a challenging task. Regardless of that, due to the precise tutoring skills offered by the five different tutors at the visual arts club, getting to know the skills required for each technique is a far easier way.

Each different tutor will provide students with both the theoretical and practical information required for the chosen printmaking technique. When it comes to relief printing, engraving the print medium can differ from material to material, but most of the times wood will be the preferred choice. This is due to its relatively low density and ease of handling and processing. For more detailed work, where precision is key, different, higher density materials can be used.

Intaglio employs the process of etching, where a metallic surface is scratched by the artist with varying width tools, depending on the required drawing. The precision level is increased and therefore, artists have a higher degree of accuracy in their creations.

Last but not least, lithography will base its technique on the different properties of water and oil, and treating the transfer medium (often times various rocks, minerals, and other materials), will dictate the final outcome of the printing process.