A Practical Printmaking Course!

Based on 'live' printmaking class and workshops delivered by Susan Yeates of Magenta Sky, our flagship Introduction to Printmaking course is the perfect first step to explore printmaking for the first time or to expand on existing skills.

We have been delivering this course to students across the UK for over 7 years in the form of a hard copy manual, and after months of development (and a little hard work!) have listened to student feedback and moved online!

What do we mean by 'moved online'?

Well, after surveying a number of existing and potential students we found a real demand for tuition videos to accompany the course and for students overseas to join in the fun!

We therefore needed a better way to deliver the course... and so our online learning portal was born! A mixture of the traditional and the new - instant access to the course manual as downloadable PDFs (with all the same step-by-step guides as before) but NEW added instructional videos to really bring this practical art to life! (plus we have added a new module too!)

Find Out More in this Short Info Video

This video contains short excepts from some of the videos contained within the course!

What is Printmaking?

Printmaking is essentially the process of creating an original ‘print’, by transferring an impression from one surface to another. It is not a direct process such as drawing or painting but any method that allows an artist to create an image in one place that is then transferred to another.

Printmaking is an exciting art form which at Magenta Sky we are very passionate about. The printmaking lessons that we teach on the course combine both methodical precision with expansive room for creativity.

There are 4 main categories that the various forms of printmaking fall into - Relief (lino/woodcut, wood engraving), Intaglio (etching, drypoint, mezzotint), Stencil Based (screenprinting) and Planographic (lithography). Please read on to find out which techniques we cover on this course i.e. can be studied at home.

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Online Learning With Magenta Sky

  • Flexible Study

    The distance learning printmaking course allows you to learn the art of printmaking in a clear, logical manner and at a pace that suits you. The 13 study modules can be studied at home and will steadily progress both your printmaking knowledge and skill using the key printmaking techniques. The course information is delivered to you in several ways including written modules and videos explaining the techniques.

  • Online Tuition and Support

    Once enrolled, you will be assigned a personal tutor to answer any questions that you may have via email or our student support Facebook group. We will help you get the most from your printmaking studies and to achieve the results that you want. The Facebook group is also there to share your work and experiences with other students of the course and is only accessible by course students.

  • Course Assesment

    There is a selection of assignments throughout the course that can be submitted for assessment and feedback, to help you progress and develop your printmaking. For students who complete the assignments to the required standard, a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ will be issued. Assessment of work will be made via email/online contact only.

  • Time Guide

    Though you can study at entirely your own pace, typically students are able to complete the printmaking course in 9-12 months by studying 6-8 hours per week. However, there is no time limit in which you are required to complete the distance learning printmaking course and can refer back to the materials again and again. (As long as you have access to the online learning portal.)

Course Breakdown - What Techniques Are Covered?

  • Introduction

    About Printmaking

    This introductory module welcomes you to the course, explaining who we are, what printmaking is and a brief history. We also explain here the how the course works.

  • Module 1

    Studio Space and Materials

    Before starting your work, we will discuss here setting aside some space in your home (or similar) to create your own studio space. We also talk about materials and what you will need to start printmaking.

  • Module 2

    Drawing for Print and Research

    This module helps you to start gathering ideas, drawings and lots of research so that you have subject matter to work with for the following technique-based modules.

  • Module 3

    Monoprinting 1

    Monoprinting is a fairly simple technique that involves rolling out or drawing with ink on to a printing surface/plate and creating a mark in several ways.

  • Module 4

    Monoprinting 2

    This second module on monoprinting explores it just a little further. It can be a very painterly and free way of printing and if you have previous experience of painting this technique may suit your style of working.

  • Module 5

    Collograph and Found Object Printing

    This printmaking technique uses collage and found objects to create and print very textural and free prints. Collograph (collage prints) are simple relief prints created from printing from a collage block.

  • Module 6


    Linocut is a form of relief printing that uses linoleum as the printing block (a composite flooring material made from cork and linseed oil with a hessian backing). This is then cut into using v tools or gouges to create an image.

  • Module 7


    Woodcut is another relief printing technique that is created from cutting out areas of a printing block to produce a design. The method is a negative one and the final image will always be a mirror image of the cut block.

  • Module 8

    Advanced Relief Printing

    Building on the previous two modules, module 8 explains printing using more than one colour including using the reduction technique and the ‘key block’ system.

  • Module 9

    Experimental Relief Printing

    Experimenting and developing relief printing further including different materials for the block, stencils and incorporating monoprint.

  • Module 10


    A simple intaglio form of printing that can be printed by hand. This is a very linear printmaking method which the course explores using simple perspex sheets to draw into.

  • Module 11

    Simple Screenprinting

    The course explores 3 different simple methods to create stencils for use with screenprinting, including found objects, paper stencils and hand-painted stencils.

  • Module 12

    Wood Engraving (NEW)

    Wood engraving is our new module for 2015. Here we show you how to carry out wood engraving into small blocks of endgrain wood.

  • Module 13

    What’s Next

    After all the technique modules we conclude the course by explaining some other techniques not explored in the course and show you where you could go next to develop your printmaking skills.

  • Extras...

    Reading List & Ebook

    We also throw in several bonus features such as a detailed reading list and our e-book ‘Profit from Printmaking’. Don’t forget also our online Facebook support group to network with other students, get feedback and share ideas.

Ready to Join the Course?

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Who Is This Course For?

This course is aimed at anyone looking to find out more about printmaking. Whether you studied it many years ago at school and want get back into it or whether you attended a short workshop and want a more in-depth learning experience then the course will suit. This is also a great supplement for art students studying a generic fine art course, or artists looking to experiment with new techniques and bring this into their work.

We accept students from all across the world, and as long as you have access to the internet, you can study whenever you want and wherever you want. We have no entry requirements and do not ask that you start at a particular time of the year - start when you want to!

  • About Susan Yeates

    “Thanks for dropping by to check out this online printmaking course! My name is Susan Yeates and if you don’t know already, I am the main tutor on the course and owner of Magenta Sky Arts and Crafts.

    Having studied Fine Art Printmaking at university, I was very fortunate to have learned a vast number of printmaking techniques and even luckier that this was in a fully equipped printmaking studio. However, when I left my course I had a bit of a reality check and had to learn to carry out printmaking from home on a very low budget and with minimal space!

    Within a few years I began teaching other people printmaking through workshops and short courses. I shared many of the experiences and techniques that I had learned both in my formal training but also in my own printmaking practice.

    In 2011 I wrote a book on printmaking, Learning Linocut (an Amazon no.1 best seller) as I was so keen on the topic and sharing my knowledge from all the years of teaching with more people, not just those local to me. Even today I find people turning up to workshops with the book in hand saying that they have been reading it already or want me to sign it.

  • and Magenta Sky

    “The Introduction to Printmaking course was first introduced in 2007 following demand from students and based up on the classes I had been teaching already. The success of the course was really encouraging, and in 2015 I decided to go digital and open it up to so many more people across the world rather than just the UK. I took a video camera, re-visited the course syllabus and filmed myself teaching exactly the same types of classes and techniques that you would find when attending a live class with me. And that is exactly what you will find when you join this course and follow the 13 modules through from start to finish – recorded sessions of me in various locations, teaching the basics of printmaking and showing you exactly how to make great prints.

    Printmaking is and should be accessible for all and in this course you can practice everything that I teach in whatever space you have available to you, whether that be the kitchen counter, dining room table or self-constructed studio in the garden shed.

    I hope you enjoy studying the course as much as I have enjoyed creating it!”

    Susan Yeates, Course Tutor

Why Study With Us?

  • Start immediately - No entry requirements
  • Optional assessment - Certificate on completion of course
  • Study at your own pace - 13 modules
  • Developed from successful printmaking classes and our most popular lesson plans
  • Tried and tested course since 2007
  • 250 page course manual (PDF downloads)
  • Clear step-by-step instructions including colour photographs of all techniques covered
  • Covers a wide selection of techniques
  • Includes online videos of techniques
  • Plenty of tips, useful resources and added extras!

Ready to Join the Course?

Just click on the green button to the right to go to the enrollment page!