Otago Polytechnic

Introduction to Printmaking night class

Etching Class - with Kiri Mitchell
Screenprinting Class - with Josh Hunter

Please note: these two classes run at the same time, on the same evening. You can only choose one of these classes to attend per term. 

We deal with printed images every day. Anything that is made in a reproducible format is a print; photocopies, posters, photographs, band T-shirts etc.

Fine art print has been traditionally defined through the technical processes of relief, intaglio, lithography and screen printing. The line between print art and other printed forms has been blurred as artists re-examine the traits that define print practice, with the proliferation of digital processes playing a major part.

This class teaches a process-based approach to making prints, covering the technical aspects of print, looking at how the processes and functions inform the strategy of making art; at how the medium or technique exists as the means to realise an idea. 

These classes are suitable for beginners through to experienced artists who want to focus on the particular techniques of etching or screen printing.

2017 term dates 
Term one 20 February – 14 April
Term two 1 May - 23 June
Term three 17 July - 8 September
Term four 11 September - 3 November

Please note: There will be no classes on public holidays.


Classes are held in the Print Studio at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.

Go through the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany St) and to the far end of the car park. The Print Studio is in the building to your right.


The etching class will be taught by local artist, Kiri Mitchell.

The screen printing class will be taught by Josh Hunter.


Class cost includes basic workshop materials such as rags, newsprint, solvent, photo emulsion and screen cleaner, class equipment such as rollers, palette knives and squeegees, and the use of printing presses and screen print tables.

Materials you will need to buy vary depending on the course.

For the etching course, materials include print paper, zinc or plastic and a screen print screen. A limited amount of these can be ordered or purchased from the teacher during class time.

Materials you may find useful to bring from home include

  • Pencils
  • Felt tip pens
  • Craft knife
  • Pad of cartridge paper (Art Zone or Stationary Warehouse)
  • Dishwashing gloves (for clean-up)
  • Apron
  • Masking tape

Please note: You must wear closed/covered toe shoes in the Print Studio.


For enquiries, please email Artnightclass@op.ac.nz 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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