Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd July
Wood engraving is a form of relief printmaking, the same in principle as linocut and woodcut, but is capable of much richer tonality, texture and detail. It is usually made on a smaller scale than lino and woodcut and often used in book illustration, as well as the independent print.
On this workshop you participants will be taken through the wood engraving process from start to finished print. This will involve; how to use the tools on a small sampler block, producing a working drawing for transfer onto the block, engraving the image once the drawing is on the block, and printing the block (both on a press and hand burnishing using thin Japanese paper).
All materials will be provided and there will be a chance to learn how to keep tools sharp, and ask questions on all aspects of the medium.
Participants are asked to come to the workshop with drawings and reference material for the image they wish to engrave.
Chris Daunt was born in Northumberland and studied Fine Art at Newcastle Polytechnic, then later obtained a degree in English Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has worked as an illustrator, specialising in wood engraving, wood and linocut. In addition to making traditional endgrain wood engraving blocks, he also teaches wood engraving in print studios from Aberdeen to Chichester. Chris is an elected member of the Society of Wood Engravers, and edits their quarterly journal.
Chris’s wood engravings are in collections such as the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and he was recently awarded the Rachel Reckitt prize at the Society of Wood Engravers’ annual exhibition.
In 2003, the firm of T. N. Lawrence, last survivor of the many blockmakers who had supplied the nineteenth century wood engraving trade, announced its intention of giving up in due course the manufacture of wood engraving blocks. This threatened the continuation of the whole art form and the Society of Wood Engravers turned at this point to Chris. It is particularly satisfying to see the provision of wood engraving blocks come to Tyneside – perhaps one should say come home to Tyneside – just across the river from where Thomas Bewick started the whole thing off over two hundred years ago.
Non-members £120.00/Members £75.00
Booking essential (via email or telephone