Lithography facilties at The Glasgow School of Art, image by Aoife McGarrigle

Printmaking

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School of Design Workshop

Location:
Haldane Building

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (staffed Monday - Thursday)

Contact:
David Farrar
d.farrar@gsa.ac.uk

Screenprinting:

Inductions are essential and last one full day to introduce the layout of the workshop and the very basics of screenprinting. Screenprinting requires sustained activity to develop skills and explore the many techniques and possibilities available, so after the induction students will need to invest more time to consolidate their skills and explore advanced techniques and processes.

There are booking sheets to use the screenprinting presses. These are 1.15 hour slots and they go up on a Monday morning in the workshop. These slots are for printing so students should have their separations prepared and screen reserved and developed in advance, ready to print. During very busy times, students are limited to a maximum of 2 slots a day. During inductions 3 small presses will be booked for induction students. The other larger press will remain available for 3rd, 4th & MDes students already inducted. 

Equipment:

  • 1 medium E.M.U.S Elite press,
  • 3 small Kippax presses,
  • 2 marble drying racks,
  • 1 small drying rack, light table and a selection of screens for hire- largest size A1.

Screen coating and exposure is shared with Fashion and Textiles in the basement of the Reid Building. 

Etching:

Students start off with Drypoint Etching to learn the basics of the process, and move on to Acid Etching. Photo-etching is available as an additional induction to be arranged individually with technician.

Equipment:

  • 1 medium Ironbridge etching press (max paper size SRA2),
  • 1 small Polymetaal etching press (max paper size SRA3)
  • Vertical etching tanks (ferric chloride only)

Inductions are essential and last two full days to cover the basics of etching, starting with Drypoint, and then moving onto Acid Etching during the second session. These sessions include; Health & Safety, plate preparation, drypoint etching, etching with acid, alternative aquatint processes, paper preparation, ink preparation, printing, stretching prints, tearing down prints, multiple plate etchings, registration, printing and using the workshop safely.

Etching requires sustained activity to develop skills and explore the many techniques and possibilities available. After the induction students will need to invest more time to consolidate their skills and explore advanced techniques and processes.

Access is only for those who have been fully inducted to use the facilities. This print facility is associated with the Communication Design department and students from that department will have scheduled inductions throughout the year. All other students must complete a project proposal. In order to request an induction email the technician David Farrar to discuss access. 

There is no workshop fee. Students must buy their own paper and materials. The technician has a small stock of copper, drypoint needles, ink, tape and paper available to buy. 

 

School of Fine Art Workshop

Location:
JD Kelly Building

Opening Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 5pm
Friday 1:30pm - 5pm

Contact:
Aoife McGarrigle
a.mcgarrigle@gsa.ac.uk

The technical facilities in the Fine Art Printmaking Workshop comprise of the following specialist workshop areas:

  • Intaglio/Etching: three etching presses, two relief presses, exposure unite, acid room, metal guillotine, paper guillotine, aquatint box, fusing room.
  • Lithography: two offset presses, two direct presses, litho stones, ball-grained plates.
  • Screenprinting: six vacuum print tables, exposure unit, washout bay.

Access is only for those who have been fully inducted to use each of these facilities.

Inductions usually take place during semester 1. These inductions are timetabled primarily for Painting & Printmaking students and specialist Print Media M.Litt students.  Depending on our timetable and demand, we may occasionally be able to run extra inductions, but this is unlikely in the earlier part of any term.

Students from other departments must contact a technician to complete a Project Proposal before they can request an induction. You must research into your area of interest, stating how the area of printmaking you are interested in can inform/ extend your work.  

Inductions for Painting and Printmaking students usually take place over a two-week period, and students need to commit to full attendance. For other students, it is vital that you fully attend the first three days of any induction, and take the time afterwards to consolidate your knowledge. This may conflict with the requirements of your course, and you need to ensure that you can fulfill this requirement, and should speak to your tutor about this.

Workshop fees: 

Day: £3
Semester: £55 (covers all 3 areas)
Year (Postgraduate 12 month programmes): £150 (covers all 3 areas)

Workshop fees cover a range of basic materials that are consumed during your workshop time.

All technicians have a materials store where students can buy specialist printmaking materials including paper, drawing materials, ink, copper, zinc, steel etc. A full price list of materials is available on the VLE - Technical Support - Printmaking.

Digital Suite:

In addition to the above areas, there are wide format printing facilities for creating separations for screenprinting, photo etching and photolithography. This facility is staffed by the lithography technician and is primarily for black and white printing on clear film (89cm wide @ £14 per metre) and tracing paper (89cm wide @ £8 per metre). It is open to all students without induction. Jobs and access are on a first come first served basis (if the technician is busy you may be asked to return later).