Woodcut Printmaking

COURSE TUTOR:   Will Dyke

Will studied illustration and printmaking at Harrow College of Art. Now based in Chichester, he specialises in woodcut printing, exhibiting locally on a regular basis.

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

Woodcut printing was the predominant method of image reproduction for many hundreds of years. Woodcut printing is a very accessible method of relief printing, and the process does not require significant drawing ability. You will design and carve your own woodblock, learning to use woodcut tools safely, and practice different mark making techniques. You will then use your woodblock to produce a series of one or two colour prints on paper or cards.

The course will include short demonstrations to the group by the tutor when required, with the majority of the course taking the form of practical progress on your own personal project, and individual guidance from the tutor when required

 

COURSE PROGRAMME:

Tuesday am:  Learn how to cut safely with woodcut tools, practice mark making techniques on a practice block. Ink up and print your practice block.

Tuesday pm:  Design your image, using source material or your own ideas. Transfer design onto woodblock ready for cutting.

Wednesday am:   Cut image onto woodblock, proof image, and make adjustments.  

Wednesday pm:   Print a series of images from your block. Learn to print by hand and with a mechanical press.

 

MATERIALS PROVIDED:

Woodblocks, paper, printing inks, and the use of tools and equipment as required.

 

EXTRA MATERIALS REQUIRED:

Bring any source material/ sketchbooks/ ideas for an image you wish to produce.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:  

Please wear old/ work clothes, aprons also provided. You may wish to bring an art bag/ folio/ or box to take prints home in. Prints will need a day or two to fully dry, and can also be collected later by arrangement.