School of the Arts, English and Drama

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Hub 4: Painting and Printmaking

The School offers an outstanding hub for those interested in the specialist areas of painting and printmaking. 

This hub is centred around the preparation for and production of painting and printmaking projects using appropriate equipment, techniques and processes. 

Many traditional art and design areas can be explored in the hub, covering painting, printmaking, papermaking, mono-printing, silkscreen, lithography, drawing and emerging media. 

The facilities are open to all arts students, and learning is aided by our renowned technical and teaching staff who provide an accomplished understanding of painting and printmaking.

Painting Facilities

The School has dedicated painting support equipment housed in the painting workshop for access by students and staff, supported by our Painting Technical Tutor with a degree in Fine Art.



  • Timber Mitre Trimmers for production of bespoke stretcher and framing bars
  • Air powered nail guns and staplers for the construction of stretchers and supports
  • Equipment, pigments and other raw materials for preparing a variety of paints, mediums and primers
  • Spacious construction workshop allowing for the manufacture of large stretchers and supports


Technical expertise

Users of our painting facilities benefit from a wide variety of taught workshops and one-to-one tuition from our Technical Tutor, who has considerable expertise in the following processes:

  • advice on and manufacture of suitable stretchers and supports
  • colour theory and mixing
  • preparation and application of a wide range of handmade paints, mediums and primers including encaustic, beeswax paste, gesso and rabbit skin glue
  • selection, manufacture and application of glazes and varnishes
  • specialist advice on the presentation, framing and mounting of artwork

Printmaking Facilities

The School's printmaking studio has has some of the finest technical facilities in the country, and enables students to produce prints to a professional standard.

All arts students have access to our printmaking facilities and there are many forms of printmaking available. Some of the processes, techniques and equipment available are listed below:

  • collography
  • etching and engraving
  • screen-printing
  • lino and wood cut
  • stone lithography

Papermaking and Bookbinding

Papermaking facilities 

The equipment for papermaking is in a wet room area and includes a large wiz mixer for hydration of fibers and an industrial beater to prepare the pulp.

Pressed paper can be produced to A2 size, and larger sizes can be pored. Paper can be recycled or prepared with cotton linters and plant fibers to a professional standard.

Bookbinding facilities 

Once the paper is made and the print produced, if you so desire we have all the elements to stitch and bind the work into a book. All the material involved can be acquired from the workshop store.

Health and Safety

Please note that access to all our hubs is subject to students completing any prequisite induction sessions, and to staff being available to supervise students where appropriate.