The Art of Printmaking

Class Capacity: 6 - 14 students

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

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. 

Develop your knowledge of paper handling and ink handling techniques, drawing inspiration from European and Asian artists, including Albrecht

Dürer, William Blake, Marcantonio Raimondi, Keisai Eisen, Pablo Picasso, and Yoshitoshi. Put aside the paintbrush and embrace the challenge of exploring your creativity using new tools.

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.

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.

Example course outline (note actual techniques taught each term may vary, call the Centre to confirm on 9922 2299):

Week 1

•    Course intro. 

•    Introduction to Collagraphy: (includes discussion of the material/ technique and history, a demonstration, and realisation with given subject

Week 2

Collagraphy: Self directed project 

Week 3

•    Introduction to Copper Engraving

Week 4

Copper Engraving: Self directed project

Week 5

•    Introduction to Xilography 

Week 6

Xilography: Self directed project

Week 7 - 9

Final project


*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 

https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/courses/34/CLS110029/community-events/covid-safety-protocol

Materials List

*Please note: Although NSCC will provide some basic equipment for this course, occasionally you will be encouraged to bring some additional items to class. If you are doing additional work to the class activities you will need to bring your own art materials. 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.