In the reductive-woodcut workshop an image is simplified to the essential tones. To do so the participant will carve and print one woodblock successively to represent the identified tones. The instructor will teach this technique while sharing carving tips and demonstrating the method of printing with ink onto paper via an etching press and printing by hand. Afterward, the participant can continue practicing the technique at home because no press is needed.
DATES for the reductive-woodcut workshop
6, 13, 20 & 27 May 2017 – four consecutive Saturdays.
TIMES for the reductive-woodcut workshop
9am – 3pm
COST for the reductive-woodcut workshop
Activities for the workshop are;
Session One, Sat 6 May
To begin with on the first day the instructor will introduce the group to woodcarving techniques, woodcarving tools and information about the wood and types of paper for printing with an etching press and printing by hand. The paper used is Zerkall (mould-made, heavy-weight paper from Germany) for printing with the press and Yun Long (machine-made, light-weight paper from China). The instructor will show how to identify in order to deconstruct an image into five tones namely white (highlight), light, mid-tone, shadow and dark with photoshop as a tool and by hand. Together with explaining how to construct a reductive-woodcut print through the five identified tones by carving and printing successively. The tones will be represented by colours that range with value so as to show light to dark. The instructor will demonstrate how to mix and modify ink in order for it to be prepared for printing, in addition how to use a brayer and ink up the woodblock. Moreover, the instructor will demonstrate how the printing occurs with an etching press and by hand. On this first day you will deconstruct your own image as shown, carve the woodblock and print the light tone with your chosen/mixed colour on two appropriate types of paper. You will be able to take your block home to continue carving for the following Saturday.
Session two, Sat 13 May
On the second day of the workshop you will focus on the mid-tone. And so continue carving away more from the woodblock, followed by printing the block with your chosen/mixed colour with an etching press and by hand on the appropriate types of paper. The block can be taken home and continued to be carved.
Session three, Sat 20 May
On the third day of the workshop you will focus on the tone representing the shadow. And so continue carving away more from the woodblock, followed by printing the block with your chosen/mixed colour with an etching press and by hand on the appropriate types of paper. The block can be taken home and continued to be carved.
Session four, Sat 27 May
On the fourth and last day of the workshop you will focus on the tone representing the dark. And so carving away the final areas from the woodblock, followed by printing the final layer with your chosen/mixed colour with an etching press and by hand on the appropriate types of paper. Thus, adding the dark tone to complete the image. And, so your reductive-woodcut print will have come together over a period of four Saturdays. As a consequence your efforts will result in a culmination of two small editions – the first produced with the Zerkall paper and the second with the Yun Long paper.
Need to know
- Ply-board size: 25 x 19 cm
- Each participant is required to use their own source material / visual vocabulary for the workshop.
- The prints will be left to dry on the drying rack after each session, these will be printed onto in the next session, until a completed image is reached at the end of the workshop.
- Bring along to the workshop your own apron and carving tools; you can wear an apron from the studio and if you can’t purchase tools you’re welcome to use the tools from the studio. Art Sauce and Deckle Edge sells woodcarving tools. Deckle Edge’s contact details are: 021 180 4442 and email@example.com.
Instructor for the reductive-woodcut workshop is Benny Buckle.
Buckle is from London. In 2013 he moved to Cape Town to study Fine Art at the Ruth Prowse School of Art. There he majored in photography and printmaking. After graduating he began an internship with Warren Editions and in 2016 became a permanent member of the Warren Editions team. At the studio he predominantly works in relief. And, besides assisting Zhané Warren in maintaining an orderly studio by keeping stock and ordering materials, he is the co-ordinator for the projects with the art consultancy Yellowwoods Art.
*THE PRICE INCLUDES VAT AND MATERIALS & THE WORKSHOP CAN ONLY HOST 8 PARTICIPANTS.
To sign up for a reductive-woodcut workshop, email Zhané Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TERMS for participating in the reductive-woodcut workshop are;
Your participation in the reductive-woodcut workshop is secured upon payment and Warren Editions cannot reimburse the fees.
If you cancel your participation 14 full days or more before the reductive-woodcut workshop starts, the fee you paid can go towards the next reductive-woodcut workshop. To participate in the next workshop, you will need to pay the outstanding amount – if the next reductive-woodcut workshop fee has increased. Also, participation in the next reductive-woodcut workshop depends on available spots. Alternatively, you can arrange to have a friend take your place or sell your spot.
If your cancellation is less than 14 full days before the reductive-woodcut workshop starts and Warren Editions is unable to find a replacement, then 50% will be deducted from the original fee paid. In order to participate in the next reductive-woodcut workshop you will need to pay the outstanding amount – bearing in mind that the next workshop fee might be more than originally paid.
Warren Editions reserves the right to re-schedule the dates of the reductive-woodcut workshop that you have signed up and paid for or to cancel the woodcut workshop.