Woodcut printmaking has been used in Europe since the 12th century – for printing images onto textiles and on paper by the late 14th century. The process involves a woodblock being carved so that the intended inked image stands out in relief. Paper is placed against its surface and a print produced either through a press or by hand.
Join York based printmaker Jane Duke for two days learning the art of woodcut printmaking. Learn this traditional printmaking method which you can do at home on your kitchen table with minimum equipment. During this two day woodcut workshop you will carve two wooden blocks to create a two tone image which you will then ink and hand burnish onto fine paper – no press required! At the end of the two days you will have several copies of your print to take home.
Please note that the price of this workshop includes a set of cutters that you can keep and use at home.
There is a £10 materials charge payable to the tutor on the day for this workshop.
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What to expect
Days at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits on day one. Begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Each day lunch will be around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch each day. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop and providing we have notice, we are happy to cater for any dietary needs.
Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing. Depending on the tutor and the group, start times follow on days can be flexible too.
We aim for your time with us to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
All materials will be provided.
The cutters you use during the workshop will be yours to keep.
Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy.