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Japanese Woodcut Printmaking Course
Traditional water-based printmaking without a press
with Sara Lee
Course Outline:
Artist and master printmaker Sara Lee will introduce you to Japanese Woodcut Printmaking from preparing your drawing, handling and using the block -cutting tools, mixing coloured inks and printing multiple block prints. This course will explore the unique and subtle qualities of the Japanese ukiyo-e printmaking from its history to the final image. Sara will also demonstate simple multi-block registration and the basic principles of editioning a print.

This is a water based, relief method of printmaking that requires no press and is easily set up with a few simple tools in your home or studio. The cutting techniques learned on this course will be very useful for those using the conventional Western woodcut tradition.

The course is individually tailored and therefore suitable for beginners and for those with experience of the technique. You will receive individual and group tuition.
Day 1
Introduction to history and technique of Japanese printing method, with examples of work, materials and tools.
Look at ways the traditions of woodcut printing from the East and West have influenced one another
Demonstration of cutting and sharpening of tools
Practice cutting shapes
Draw up image / transfer and begin to cut 1st block. Demonstrate paper dampening and printing technique
Continue cutting and take first trial prints
Day 2
Demonstration of printing with colour
Proof with colour
Introduction to methods of registration
Continue with cutting – 2nd block
Register 2nd block
Printing with 2 or more blocks.
Demonstrate more complex print techniques including gradation
Demonstrate more complex cutting techniques
Continue with cutting
Proof with two blocks or more.
Day 3
Recap on cutting / sharpening / printing / registration
Continue with cutting and proofing
Finalise cutting
Pull final prints.
Print a small edition if you have time.
Course review - Show final prints and evaluate possible next steps...
Course includes:

Materials - Basic Materials are supplied. Additional specialist materials are available at cost.
Refreshments - including tea, coffee and biscuits.

Spacious Studio plus well equipped print room, art library.

Sara will be assisted by Rabley’s Studio Artist-Printmaker, Amy-Jane Blackhall to ensure you have lots of individual attention and the best technical support to make the most creative use of your time with us.

About the Artist:
With a studio and site-specific practice, Sara Lee predominantly works with drawing, film and print, including etching and woodblock in the ukiyo-e tradition. Her images are a response to the ephemeral nature of landscape and question our emotional and physical relationship to an evolving exterior space. She exhibits widely, teaches at The Dulwich Picture Gallery and is Artist in Residence at Rabley Drawing Centre for 2013. She has written for Tate, and advised & spoken on print processes for various individuals and institutions including The Art Fund, The Royal Academy Schools and National Portrait Gallery. Born in Wales in 1956, Sara Lee lives and works in London. She studied Fine Art Painting at Ravensbourne from 1975-1979 and Printmaking at Central School, graduating in 1982.
more about this artist...
Course Review
Read our course review on the Rabley blog
“Her encouragement (and patience) were remarkable and as I look now at my efforts on the first day of the course, compared with the third day, I realise the extent of her teaching skills.  I will continue with the process and am very excited at the thought." DP, 2013
Rabley Drawing Centre is located on the Ainslie family arable and dairy farm in the heart of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. The farm is a higher-level conservation farm with extensive meadow, wild bird feeding areas and special habitats and woodland. This unique environment includes ancient burial mounds, Iron Age earthworks and the Roman road to the Roman settlement of Cunetio. Rabley Drawing Centre occupies a series of spacious Victorian red brick barns that now provide a beautiful gallery, drawing studio and well-equipped print room.
The centre offers short courses and termly studio and print sessions for developing artists from all creative fields. Exceptional artist - tutors offer professional and encouraging tuition in small groups.
Group Size: 9
Dates: TBC
Times: 9.30 - 5pm
Course Duration: 3 days
Course Fee:  TBC
Please contact us if you are interested in future dates for this course.
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