with guest tutor and master printmaker, Chris Daunt (scroll down for the course description)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY| 19th & 20th August 2017 | 10:00 – 16:00pm
Group size: 5
All materials and a delicious two course lunch
Light, spacious, well-equipped print room.
How to pay:
Click on the 'Add to shopping bag' above or email to make a 50% deposit. Balance due one month before the course starts.
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WOOD ENGRAVING with Chris Daunt
Wood engraving is a printmaking relief printing technique, in which an artist works an image into a block of wood. The artist applies ink to the face of the block and prints using relatively low pressure resulting in a distinctive white-on-black character.
Thomas Bewick, a wood engraver who lived and worked in Northumberland at the end of the 18th century, developed the wood engraving technique. His work differed from earlier woodcuts in two key ways. First, rather than using woodcarving tools such as knives, Bewick used an engraver’s burin (graver). With this, he could create thin delicate lines, often creating large dark areas in the composition. Second, wood engraving traditionally uses the wood’s end grain—while the older technique used the softer side grain. The resulting increased hardness and durability facilitated more detailed images.
Chris Daunt has taken Thomas Bewick’s wood engraving to a new level. Some of his work is printed with more than one block in more than one colour in a level of detail that is something to behold.
What to expect from the course?
On Day 1 Chris will begin the workshop by showing you examples of his own work following the practicalities of housekeeping and health & safety. Through a series of demonstrations he will show you the tools, the marks you can make with them and give you a test piece to practice with them before you move on to your main block. Before lunch Chris will then help you to plan, draw out and transfer your image to your main block. You will then spend the afternoon carving.
Day 2 gives you the time following Chris’s demonstration on the printing of your block to make further adjustments should they be necessary, perfect the marks you’ve made or add more with the right barin (graver) for the job. Have a look at the gallery to see what pervious students have achieved over a weekend workshop.
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