Printmaking for Beginners


COURSE DATES: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August 2024

TUTOR: Jackie Smith


TIMES: 10:00am – 5:00pm


FEE: £165

LOCATION: Mermaid Court Campus, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

In this introductory course, students will learn relief and intaglio printmaking, and the possibilities from both processes. You will develop the skills and knowledge to develop two print editions in one weekend.

You will create a series of multi­coloured reduction relief prints on linoleum with Japanese woodcut tools and a second intaglio series of  drypoint etchings on aluminium exploring colour with chine colle and an introduction to viscosity printing.


Throughout this course you will learn:

  • The difference between relief and intaglio and the possibilities of both
  • How to design and draw your design onto a linoleum block for relief printmaking
  • How to design and draw an additional design onto aluminium plates using an etching needle
  • How to use a variety of specialist printmaking equipment and materials
  • Plan and stage your colour layers
  • How to use a professional printing press

The studio is a low-​toxic environment with dedicated printmaking facilities for professional hands-on learning.

This popular Printmaking for Beginners course is ideal for beginners or those with some experience, offering an in­-depth introduction to printmaking. Once completed, we recommend signing up to one of our evening or weekend courses specialising in either etching or relief printmaking.

After completing thus course, students will be given a free Open Access session to come back and use the print room. Open Access runs on Wednesday evenings and Saturday during the day, giving you the opportunity to further develop your printmaking skills.


Recommend booking by: July 27, 2024


All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

All materials will be provided for this course.


Jackie Smith lives and works in London and her art work often considers an interaction and dialogue with a place. After a career working in urban and housing research her connections to and investigations of places have become a focus for her art making.  Sometimes using found objects or co-creating with the environment she makes mixed media installations, site specific work as well as working in paint and printmaking. She has exhibited in shows around London and has work held in private collections in both the UK and internationally. She has previous experience of teaching abroad, facilitating art workshops in schools and as a volunteer play therapist.



Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street London SE1 1HR tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.

Students are welcome to use our Common Room during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.

Materials & Equipment

  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.


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