Saturday 30 November, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 1 December, 10 am – 5 pm, Monday 2 December, 10 am – 3.30 pm
Making prints from woodblock produces images that can not be made in any other way. It is a fascinating and versatile art and craft of ancient origin and modern artistic relevance. This is the fifth course at SAC, but complete beginners will be welcomed equally with more experienced students, and the course will familiarise you with techniques, processes, tools and materials for making multi-block prints.
All tools will be be provided for your use during the course. You will be asked to bring with you £15 which will cover all your ink, wood and proofing paper. Final printing paper will be available by the sheet at cost.
Rod, who lives in Gloucestershire but grew up in Devon, has made prints most of his life. Having professionally worked with wood, he has a good technical understanding of the possibilities of the medium. He takes inspiration from different sources, from nature, landscape and abstracted ideas. The artist who has had the greatest influence on his work was the Japanese woodblock artist, Shiko Munakata, whose work is infused with a sense of depth, freedom and humour. Over the years, Rod has looked at a great deal of work by many other woodblock artists, and finds the possibilities of the medium perenially exciting. Rod’s work was selected last year for the winter exhibition at the New York International Print Centre, for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, curated by Grayson Perry, and for the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) autumn exhibition in Bristol. He teaches woodblock printmaking at the internationally renowned college for the arts and crafts at West Dean, at the RWA, and other places in the UK and has recently been giving courses in Holland, Germany and Norway. He is co-author (with Merlyn Chesterman RE) of ‘Making Woodblock Prints’ published by Crowood Press.
Code RN. Cost £98 (plus £15 materials fee)