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Printmaking for Beginners

A student ink covered hands separates a print from the printing plate to reveal the finished artwork in maroon ink on paper.

This foundation printmaking course is held in partnership with Riverina TAFE, utilizing the print studio at the Albury campus. Students will have the opportunity to practice a variety of relief printing techniques and intaglio, to create a series of works on paper.

Students will explore a variety of approaches to producing fine art prints including linocuts, monoprints, drypoints and collagraphs. Students will learn to use carving tools and a printing press, and understand how to edition and sign a series of prints.

Important aspects of safety will be covered, including correct use of a printing press and safe use of tools, inks, and substrates.

After trying a variety of techniques in the earlier weeks of the course, students will have the opportunity to select one of the explored printmaking techniques to experiment with and investigate in more depth.

Students will finish the course with a number of original works on paper and a set of completed printing plates to take home.

Once students have completed this introductory course they will have a solid overview of the art of printmaking and its core techniques, and will be in a position to progress to specialist Studio course in specific print mediums.

All materials are supplied, with a small set of personal tools to keep.

Meet the Tutor: Caryn Giblin

Tutor Caryn Giblin smiles at the camera holding a finish print next to her printing press in her home studio.

The thrill of the unexpected drew Caryn to Printmaking, the numerous forms of Printmaking (traditional and modern) and the skills required and never completely being able to predict the end result.

Caryn gained her Masters in Fine Art Printmaking at RMIT and has participated in numerous Print exhibitions including group and solo exhibitions and print exchanges. Her works are included in private and public collections including R.M.I.T Union Art Collection and National Gallery of Australia (Australian Print Workshop group folio). Prizes won include the Wangaratta jazzART winner, Non Acquisitive Art Prize at the King Valley Art Show and a Siemens R.M.I.T Fine Arts Award.