Saturday 22 February 2020
10.30am - 5.30pm
This one day course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as printmaker's from other fields who would like to add wood engraving to their portfolio.
Wood Engraving is a relief printing process where an image is engraved into the end grain of a hard wood (traditionally Box wood) with specialist engraving tools. The relief surface created is then inked and an impression taken onto paper by hand or by printing press. This British tradition of wood engraving, dating back to before it's best known engraver, Thomas Bewick (d.1828), still continues today as illustration and independent prints.
You will be introduced to the materials, tools and processes with reference throughout the day to historic and contemporary wood engraving. Advice will be given on choosing and sharpening tools as well as their care and safe use.
- • Preliminary drawings and design
- • Transferring drawings to the block
- • Cutting the block introducing the range of wood engraving tools
- • Proofing and printing on the cylinder press
On the day you will cut and print one practice block on Lemonwood then cut another Box wood block from which you will print a small limited edition (5-10 prints).
Tutor Peter S Smith
Peter S Smith is a member of the Society if Wood Engravers and Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printermakers (RE). His paintings and prints are exhibited in the UK and overseas with works in public and private collections, including Tate Britain, the Ashmolean Oxford and the Fitzwilliam Cambridge. Peter has over 30 years’ experience in teaching the arts, including his role as the Head of the School of Art Design and Media at Kingston College. He currently has a studio at the St Bride Foundation, where he also teaches wood engraving workshops.
‘It was a real joy, such a good teacher and inspiring as an artist. Also incredibly patient and generous with all his experience and knowledge.’ Workshop Participant