Art of Woodblock Printmaking

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Fri 03May
Sun 05May

Facilitator: Rod Nelson

The Woodblock printmaking course is designed for all levels of experience and ability, from complete beginners to experienced print makers. The course will cover all necessary techniques to make a two-colour print up to A4 size, and will include all instruction necessary to design and make an attractive print, including materials, tools and sharpening, printing procedures, inks and papers.

Event time: Fri 3rd May at 4:00pm - Sun 5th May at 3:00pm

At a glance

  • For all levels of ability
  • Learn all you need to make lovely prints
  • Work in a supportive and friendly environment

Participants will gain

  • You will learn enough to be able to work with confidence at home
  • You will know how to get and care for a basic kit of tools necessary
  • You will learn what makes this such an especially exciting and powerful media

The course will begin with showing how a printing block can be prepared, laid out and cut safely. Starting with making a small black and white print, we will learn how to develop a visual vocabulary that leads towards an interesting print. Printmaking is full of surprises, and often the surprises are delightful or can be made so.  Following on from this, the course will cover how to approach designing a print with more than one colour and the stages necessary to ensure that it will print successfully. This will include techniques for offsetting (transferring visual information) and registering (lining up) so that repeated prints can be made accurately. The course will cover the kinds of tools, how to sharpen, how to work with ink, printing with and without a press, how to clean up quickly and easily, and where to buy materials and tools. We will be referring to work by past and present masters of printmaking for inspiration and guidance.

Price Options

£215 Non-Residential
£255 Residential Shared
£295 Residential Single


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Practical Information

All tools and materials for the course will be provided, including blocks, inks, proofing and good quality printing paper. If students wish to make editions (numerous copies) on archive grade paper a surcharge will be asked. A variety of fine papers will be available. Although the process involves using inks, it is not anticipated that students need to wear protective gear, but it is suggested that ‘best' clothing is not worn. Students might like to bring along ideas for work which interests them as well as a sketchbook, pencils, rubber etc..

Please note that prices are listed per person. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Rod Nelson

Rod, who lives local to Hawkwood has made prints most of his life and has very good technical understanding of the possibilities of the medium. He takes inspiration from many different sources – from nature, from landscape, and of course, from other artists and print makers. Rod’s work has been shown at the Royal Academy, at the Royal West of England Academy, the International Print Centre of New York, the Shanghai City Art Gallery and recently a one-man show in South Germany. He was a founder member of the print-making cooperative Pine Feroda, and currently teaches woodcut at the renowned college of the arts and crafts at West Dean in Sussex, at the Royal West of England Academy Drawing School, in Germany, Norway, Holland, and in Nailsworth. He is co-author (with Merlyn Chesterman RE) of the book ‘Making Woodblock Prints’, published by Crowood Press.

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’Tutor highly experienced, non-judgemental and patient’ - Student, RWA Bristol 2018

‘We’ve been framing Rod’s work for many years now, and observing Rod’s exceptional work over this time as it evolves into work of great subtlety and distinction which is now achieving the recognition it deserves’. - Creative Picture Framing, Cirencester.

‘Very good, inspiring and approachable tutor. I learned a lot.’ Student, RWA Bristol 2018