Slade Summer School – Wood Engraving Short Course

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

Online Wood Engraving Tuition

One-to-one tuition online, supplemented by how-to videos, provides step-by-step instruction in wood engraving and hand printing, from marking out the block to producing a finished print. Tool loan options are available for those who want to try a taster session. Tailored tuition for more experienced engravers is also possible. If interested, please contact me to discuss your needs.

You can find a few sample videos on my You Tube channel, m3m works, here.

Talks, Seminars, Podcast..

I regularly give talks about the science of fine art.  Recent talks and symposia include:

Countercurrent Podcast with Professor Roger Kneebone March 2021 can be found here.

The Colour of Iron. Colour and Poetry Symposium 2021.

No pain, know grain. Slade School Materials Workshop Seminar 2020.

Kind of Blue.  Colour Group of Great Britain 2019.

Making the pigment Vivianite. Colour and Poetry Symposium. Slade School of Fine Art 2019.

A new Blue. Brussels Royal Society Of Chemistry, Belgium Society of Art Joint meeting 2018.

Carbon Meets Silicon. Wrexham Glyndwr University 2017.

Deep Material Encounters.  Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean 2016.