woodblock printmaking - michael conole

adult (15 years +)


Overview:  Woodblock printmaking is a very accessible technique for creating and repeating printed images. It is best suited to printing on textiles and paper and can be traced back several millennia to China where it was used to print patterned fabric and sacred texts.

The technique of hand carving and printing woodblock prints endures to the present day as an extremely versatile and immediate creative medium. In can be practiced with very few tools and rewards experimentation. While it is often associated with graphic monochrome images, multiple carved blocks can be used to create layered colourful images.

When timber is used, the character of the grain becomes a part of the charm of the final image. Hand printing allows very subtle effects to be achieved in the final print.

In this course students will be produce their own hand carved, multicolour wood block prints.

During the ten week course all aspects of this medium will be covered, students will study

·       design

·       layout

·       technique

·       craftsmanship and tool care

·       historical context and art theory

Outcomes: Students will be given a complete overview of Woodblock printmaking. They will design, carve, and hand print their own multicoloured artwork and gain a historical and technical groundwork in this technique. This will equip them with the skills to continue on exploring this form after the course is completed.

Date and Time: Wednesdays from 7pm- 9pm

Commences on Wednesday 29th of April

Final class on Wednesday the 24th of June

Skill level: beginner no experience necessary, all aspects of craftsmanship, tool use care and use and technique will be covered over the ten weeks.

Materials Supplied: Wood carving starter kit includes: wood block, set of carving tools to keep, inks, basic paper

use of a hand press and wood block carving base

Cost: 2 hour class x nine weeks = 18 hours of tuition. Course cost $490.00

Note: As sharp tools are used, a minimum age of fifteen is set, you will be required to sign an injury waiver form.

Numbers are limited to Ten students