What is the course about?
Using your source material (imagery, sketches, photos) as inspiration you will develop designs that are appropriate for woodblock printing . As part of the process they will be simplified in terms of colour, shape and tone. You will use specialist tools to carve out areas of a wooden block to relief print by hand. Working on a relatively large scale (either 3’ x 2’ or 4’ x 3’ or bigger/smaller), you will use several different blocks to allow for printing multiple colours and a range of effects.. As the course progresses, you will develop a series of variations on your chosen images that demonstrate the expressive and transforming quality of this ancient printing medium. You will be introduced to the direct and painterly technique of monoprinting that can over- printed with your wood cut to create layers, depth, colour mixes and a range of marks and qualities. Different types of printing paper will be explored.
What will we cover?
You will begin by transcribing your initial source material into designs for woodblock prints by simplifying the image in terms of colour, shape and tone.
You will use specialist wood cut tools to cut your design into the wood block with emphasis on creating a variety of cut marks. You will relief print your wood block by hand. As the course progresses, you will use multi-block printing techniques including the addition of monoprinting to produce layers of colour, mark and texture. You will look at examples of artists’ prints.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop source material for printing
- Handle woodcutting tools competently and safely
- Ink up relief blocks for printing
- Print woodblocks by hand.
-Explore monoprinting techniques
-Explore and experiment with over-printing techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of woodblock printmaking is necessary. If you have some printmaking experience you will be given the opportunity to broaden and extend your work by using these techniques.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Examples of the medium will be shown and explained. Procedures will be demonstrated as you begin block making and printing. You will received one to one tuition and there will be informal group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All the basic tools and materials will be provided without further charge. Specialist tools are available for purchase at cost price. Please bring rags and old newspapers for cleaning. Don`t forget your source material for inspiration.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to continue to develop your relief printing work on Thursday evenings throughout the academic year on courses such as Woodblock and relief printing or Experimental relief printing: wood and lino.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details