Saturday 12th October and Sunday 13th October 2019
Over this two day course you can learn the ancient skill of Japanese watercolour woodblock printing. This beautifully subtle and painterly technique is ideal for those wishing to print at home without a press. The course is aimed at everyone, from beginners to printmakers wanting to learn this little-known technique.
Laura will take you through all the stages of making a watercolour woodblock print. Learn to adapt your ideas into a working design, piece out your image onto the blocks and use the traditional Japanese tools to cut wood. You will also use the Japanese system of registering your prints. Learn how to prepare paper, rice paste and paints for printing, and use horsehair brushes and bamboo discs to create your final print.
Laura Boswell is a landscape printmaker working exclusively with linocut and traditional Japanese woodblock. She has a degree in Art History/Visual Art from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has recently been elected to the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. She undertook two residencies to train in Japan, studying woodblock printmaking with master craftsmen and her work often references a traditional Japanese aesthetic in its use of white space and minimal approach. Laura shares the Japanese appreciation of rigorous training; her work often displays impulsive line and brushwork, requiring meticulous cutting and printing to give the impression of fluid spontaneity. Laura will be attending a further Japanese residency in 2019. In addition to her printmaking, Laura teaches, writes a column for Artists and Illustrators Magazine and works on the occasional public art project. Her prints feature in national collections including the House of Lords and the Library of Wales.
To take a look at some of the work produced by students at Laura's past workshops here or have a look at more of Laura's work on her website.
Learn more about Laura's work in our Meet the Maker Blog Post!
All you have to bring are any pictures you find inspiring and some enthusiasm. You may also want to bring tubes of your own watercolour paint, although this is not compulsory. All materials and tools will be provided.
If full, please email email@example.com to add your name to the waiting list.