The Printmaking Studio is located in the sub-tropical gardens on our Falmouth Campus.
We facilitate a range of printmaking techniques and encourage both traditional and non-traditional processes. We hold a range of inductions for students on different processes throughout the year.
An image is drawn or painted on a smooth, non-absorbent surface, then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, usually using a printing press.
The image is incised into a surface, and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. We are able to facilitate etching, engraving, dry point, collagraph and photo polymer.
Protruding surface faces of a printing plate or block are inked; recessed areas are ink free. Printing the image is therefore a relatively simple matter of inking the face of the matrix and bringing it in firm contact with the paper. Typically students focus on woodcut and linocut relief processes.
A woven mesh supports an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials, which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. We teach students hand cut, hand painted and photographic screen printing techniques.
A traditional technique that uses simple chemical processes to create an image. For instance, the positive part of an image is a water-repelling substance, while the negative image is water-retaining. These marks are made on lithographic limestone.