Wood engraving courses:
I teach a 3-day short course as part of the Summer School at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Wood engraving is a relief printmaking process using the end-grain of the wood. The very fine detail and strong tonal images which can be produced this way means that it was the technique of choice for illustrating books and broadsheets for over 150 years until photographic reproductions became viable. It is now a vibrant art form in its own right.
In this three-day course students learn the techniques for marking out, engraving and printing on box wood, producing one or two finished pieces. With reference to wood engravings in the UCL Art Museum students are tutored in the principles of design for wood engraving and use of different tools and printing techniques. Following the course, students leave with sufficient experience to be able to continue the practice.
Details can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/summer-school/short-courses#wood-engraving
I regularly talk about the science of fine art and make works investigating the materiality of artistic process.
Recent talks and symposia:
Deep Material Encounters. Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean 2016.
Carbon Meets Silicon. Wrexham Glyndwr University 2017.
A new Blue. Brussels Royal Society Of Chemistry, Belgium Society of Art Joint meeting 2018.
Making the pigment Vivianite. Colour and Poetry Symposium. Slade School of Art 2019.