Introduction to Wood Engraving Course

2 Day Course: 10.30am - 5.30pm

There will be a lunch break from 1.30 -2.30.

Tea and coffee breaks will be provided.

Jonathan Ashworth returns to londonprintstudio to teach this beautiful and intricate skill. Just two hundred years ago Thomas Bewick was knocking out some of the most sublime wood engravings the world has seen. He set a standard in relief engraving and in the short while since many others  have been inspired by the direct and demanding process to produce more work in this fashion, the best of which is as powerful as any other artistic medium despite their titchy size!

During this two day workshop the work of many different artists who have worked using the techniques of wood engraving will be presented, in order that each student can find an affinity with a particular maker and an inspiration for their work during the workshop and beyond. We will immerse ourselves in mark making, lose ourselves in the detail of these miniature world. The use of different wood engraving tools will be explained and demystified as will that of sharpening, transferring the image to the printing block and the subtleties of printing.

Course contents:  
• Introduction to wood engraving materials & tools                                   
• Cutting techniques                                   
• Mark making                                   
• Use of different inks                                

Please bring:           
• An image of any size or medium to work from.

Please wear suitable clothing, as you will be working with ink and other intaglio print materials. Aprons and all materials are provided.

Wear sturdy and appropriate shoes: e.g., trainers, closed leather shoes or work boots - NOT open-toed sandals, flip-flops or you might be refused entrance to the studio.

Please arrive promptly for the course, as time is limited.

We look forward to seeing you.

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