The Art of Printmaking

This class is limited to 12 enrolments.

Learn the traditional art process of printing with a creative and fun course. 

This technique is as old as the hills and used to create a variety of images, from the highly technical images produced by Durer or Escher, to woodblock masters like Hokusai, to modern, abstract works by artists like Hunderwasser! Printmaking offers the opportunity to play endlessly with layers of colour and repetition. It can be used on its own, or combined with collage and painting to produce a final image. 

Printmaking is an artistic process based on the principle of transferring images from a template made of wood, lino, glass or metal (called a ‘matrix') onto another surface, most often paper or fabric. Traditional printmaking techniques include woodcut, etching, engraving, and lithography, while modern artists have expanded available techniques to include screenprinting.

The design is created on the matrix by working its flat surface with either tools or chemicals. The matrix is then inked in order to transfer it onto the desired surface, often using pressure from a printing press. ( More modern printmaking techniques, such as screenprinting, do not require a press. ) The resulting print is often the mirror image of the original design on the matrix. 

In this course with printmaker Lucrezia Brotto, you will discover the various tools, techniques and possibilities available using printing as the basis of your image making.

Develop your knowledge of paper handling and ink handling techniques, drawing inspiration from European and Asian artists. Accept the challenge of exploring your creativity using new tools.

Techniques may include collagraph, copper engraving, linocut cutting, screen printing, etching and glass painting. Learn four techniques per quarter. 

No experience needed, but returning students will build upon their knowledge.

*During COVID: We ask students to assist their tutor in a post-course clean down of surfaces and equipment they have used during this time. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our entire community. You can find more about our COVID safety procedures at

Materials List

*Please note: Although NSCC will provide some basic equipment and materials for this course, you may need to purchase some of your own materials for specific projects. This will be discussed as a group with your tutor.

Tutor: Lucrezia Maria Brotto

A creative thinker and excellent communicator, Lucrezia received her training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and completed her Masters in Curation and Cultural Leadership at UNSW in Sydney. She has also studied natural dying techniques in India. She possesses a strong artistic and forward-looking sense. For years Lucrezia has dedicated herself to the composition of works of art. The preferred technique for the composition of her works are Printmaking and Etching. However during her studies, she developed a wide range of skills from mosaic to lithography. Furthermore, she has developed a strong knowledge of classical, modern & contemporary art history, and art anatomy. Lucrezia is an Italian artist with 8 years of related work experience and a portfolio of various achievements including exhibitions and academic achievements. Her culture is endowed with a unique dualism that shines through in her works, called by the passion for the classics and the vibrant contemporary art and culture.