|Tutor||Carol Wilhide Justin|
|Course Dates||Fridays: 22nd September to 1st December 2023|
|Times||10:30AM - 4:30PM|
|Experience Level||All Levels|
|Fee||£630 + £40 + extra plate costs|
This course focuses on the reduction relief printmaking; a flexible and creative approach to printmaking that provides plenty of scope for experimentation and invention. Printing repeatedly using one block requires understanding of how to apply colour layers, giving interesting opportunities for different colour and inking effects. Beginning with Reduction Woodcut using a press, your tutor will go on to demonstrate Reduction Woodcut using hand printed traditional Japanese or Mokuhanga techniques. The tools used for both are Japanese woodcut tools. This course is ideal for developing your colour skills, learning how to apply multiple colour combinations to wood blocks to expand your printmaking knowledge and develop a self-led project.
Processes will be demonstrated week by week. Your tutor will support you fully throughout the course in both group sessions and one-to-one support, providing very regular feedback, critique and constructive advice. Although the course has a general theme and approach there is no fixed or prescriptive methodology and individuals are encouraged to blend their own experience with all aspects of this course.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Plan and create prints considering graphic printmaking and illustrative aesthetics.
- Develop and apply carving and cutting skills.
- Develop and apply skills in mixing ink, rolling up, registering and printing blocks.
- Explore the differences between press based and hand printed printing.
- Work with oil based inks and water based pigments.
- Understand some of the history of Japanese Woodcut and its cultural heritage.
- Contextualise woodcut and linocut in Western Art History.
- Understand the difference between working with wood using a press with oil based pigments and hand printing with water based pigments, selecting the relevant one for desired aesthetic results, or combining in a hybrid way for different effects.
- Understand and apply the reduction method of working with colour in creating prints.
- Understand and develop workshop etiquette and cooperative studio practice skills.
Image / Carol Wilhide Justin