Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing or transferring ink to paper from a plate. The process is capable of producing multiple copies of a single image, which is called a print. Prints are made from a plate which can be made from many different materials, such as wood, transparencies, copper plates, rubber and cardboard. We mainly use two basic categories of printmaking: Relief printing (ink is applied to the surface of the plate with a roller) and Intaglio printing (ink is applied beneath the surface of the plate).
Grade 10: Learners are primarily introduced to techniques such as monoprint, lino printing, collographs and dry needle etching. A combination of collage and printing processes are introduced. Learners are also guided to integrate other art techniques into their projects.
Grade 11: Learners’ technical and conceptualisation skills are further developed.
Grade 12: Learners are encouraged to specialise in specific printmaking techniques. Technical aspects and concept development are assessed.