Printmaking (Introductory to Intermediate Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Printmaking (Introductory to Intermediate Level)

Printmaking (Introductory to Intermediate Level)
Date: September 20 – November 8, 2023 (Wednesdays, 8 weeks)
Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Instructor: Emma Whaley
Fee: $132 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $151.80 plus HST (Non-Members)

Printmaking is known for its reproduction capabilities. This 8-week class offers an introduction to print history, application, and techniques. You are invited to explore Block Printing, Screen-printing, and Intaglio Printing in this hands-on workshop designed to inform and inspire. Minimum age requirement is 13+

Unit 1: History, Application and Preliminaries:
History of print over a range of regions and applications. What interests you, what interests you about printmaking? Relief print, silk screen, and intaglio. Safety and material handling. The sketchbook. How to sketch for print. research to prevent plagiarism and appropriation. Getting started, the mirrored image, and working in layers.

Unit 2: Block Printing:
Artists and examples. The first sketch and carving of the block. Relief paper and paper handling. Paper cutting, the deckled edge. Relief Printing. The press, setting the press, and burnishing. Editions, signing, and the title.

Unit 3: Intaglio Printing:
Preparing zinc plates. Dry-point etching vs acid etching. Using the etching needle. Beveling the plate. Spurs and barbs. Intaglio printing. Setting the press. Wiping the plates and etching inks. Soaking and drying the paper.

Unit 4: Screen Printing:
Layers and preliminary sketches using positive and negative space. Cleaning the screens. Photo emulsion, screen filler, and screen drawing fluid. Preparing your screen.

Unit 5: Presentation and Viewing:
How to preserve your prints. How to trim, edition, and mount your prints. Showing your work and photographing your work. How to make appropriate critiques of your work. Sharing and viewing artwork.

Material List:

A sketchbook or sketching paper, Pencil or other drawing tools, Paper towel, Sharpie makers

Advance registration for members begins August 21

General registration for non-members begins September 11

For more information on this program or to register, email