About the Course
A two-day introduction to wood engraving. Start by learning about all the elements required to create a wood engraving; the tools, wood, paper, printing materials and composition. By the end of the two days you will have had a sound introduction to wood engraving and have created your own wood block and print.
Of all artists’ printing methods, wood engraving has the advantage of needing the least equipment. It does not require a press but may be printed by hand. The cost of the basic tools and materials needed to produce a print is small, as is the space required to engrave and print a block. It requires minimal ink and small quantities of solvent, so there is little mess. Together these qualities make it very suitable for the keen amateur and it may be practised happily at home. It is a quiet, contemplative process, yet one that often results in characteristically strong images and has a deep tradition in Britain.
On the first day students will look at the tools, the marks they can make and how to use them to create tones. This will involve students making a tonal sampler, which will be engraved on plastic. The following day(s) will be spent by students engraving their own images onto wood. At the end of each day, we will print by hand-burnishing. Every step of the process will be explained and there will be many demonstrations. The teaching will involve both group instruction and one-to-one guidance.
The points covered in this course and the sequence in which they are presented provide a sound introduction to wood engraving. These will include:
• Tools: a close look at the engraving tools, their function and the marks they make.
• Wood: its qualities, the preparation of its surface and the transfer of a drawing onto it.
• Printing: the properties of ink, the use of the roller and printing by hand burnishing.
• Paper: its surface and suitablity for engraving.
• Composition: some of its difficulties and strengths when working in black and white.
All these points will be demonstrated and notes on them handed out, including a list of suppliers for the materials used.
This course will be suitable for those who are keen drawers and would like to print; however, there is no need to have any prior knowledge of printmaking.
You can turn any of our courses into a short break by staying in our on site accommodation. When you book a residential package you will get discounted accommodation in our stylish boutique hostel located in the centre of Cirencester right next door to New Brewery Arts. Our former 19th Century Cotswold stone brewery barrel store has been beautifully transformed into 21st century accommodation, light and well-appointed with a craftsman’s attention to detail. We offer guest accommodation for up to 43 people over two floors in 14 rooms, with a choice of single, bunk, family and double bedrooms, 12 with en-suite facilities. A ground floor disabled-friendly room is also available. The hostel provides a stylish communal dining and relaxation area, self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities and lockers for your bike. As with all our courses and workshops these are led by experienced tutors and as you will be part of a small group there is plenty of time to focus on you.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
What you will need: All materials provided
You will have access to tea, coffee and biscuits in the studio and a £5 voucher to spend in our cafe is included.
A wonderful arts centre that I am really glad to have found. I learnt today that I have skills and abilities that I never knew I had!
Brian B - - #14098
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