Painters have often used, or been influenced by, printmaking techniques. This session gives pupils the opportunity to develop practical skills and gain a deeper understanding of print making processes through both direct observation and practical investigations.
Guided by practising artists, pupils will explore paintings from the National Gallery Collection through discussion, drawing and printmaking to look at the relationship between printing and painting.
Throughout the session pupils will be introduced to a range of printing techniques. Within the Gallery, they will directly translate a painting into a print using a simple and exciting monotype technique. In our studio spaces pupils will also have a chance to create a print using an etching press, the design of which dates back 400 years.
This process of translation from painting to print enhances skills of observation and simplification and it is full of surprises.