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Introduction to Wood Engraving | Mellissa Read-Divine

Wood engraving is an age-old relief print-making method used for creating small and highly-detailed images using end grain wood. It was traditionally used to illustrate books and newspapers throughout the 1800 and early 1900s. In this 1 day workshop students will learn:

  • the history and look at examples of wood engraving
  • about Image design
  • how to prepare the blocks and transfer drawings
  • methods of carving the block using traditional engraving tools.
  • how to print your wood block (without a press)

Participation includes an honored printmaking tradition – the print exchange! At the end of the workshop, students exchange prints – a perfect way to start your own art collection.

Is this course right for me

Suitable for beginners and for printmakers who wish to try a new technique.

Materials List:

On the day, please bring $25 to pay directly to the tutor for a materials pack that includes: this includes 5x7.6cm engraving block, paper for proofing and printing. Also use of tutor’s ink, brayers, engraving tools, burnishers & clean up equipment

All students should also bring:
Reference material you might like to use as inspiration. Photographs drawings etc.
A very fine black pen (not ball point) eg Artline
Pencil and eraser

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • I enjoyed learning from an experienced and excellent practising artist.
  • Wood engraving is a unique and fun experience. Our tutor for the day, Mellissa, is an expert, and passionate about the craft of wood engraving.