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Wood Engraving with Jonathan Gibbs at Moncrieff Bray Gallery

Wood Engraving with Jonathan Gibbs


9.15am - 4.00pm

Jonathan Gibbs will present an introduction to wood engraving.  Lemonwood blocks and tools will be supplied, including, scorpers, spitstickers, gravers, burins and tint tools, with a demonstration of engraving methods and how to make a hand-burnished print.  Students will translate an image onto the block, and learn about ways of using engraved line and tonal qualities to create an engraved print  Please bring a drawing or image that you wish to translate into an engraved impression, with the foreknowledge that the image will be reversed when printed.

The two day course will inform about tools, materials, paper, ink and hand-printing methods, with guidance about ideas and composition.  Students will begin with small blocks 55 x 75 ml and move on to a larger block of either 80 x 100 ml  or 100 x 150 ml.  From learning the basic techniques, you will be encouraged to work towards more advanced techniques of tone, texture and detail.  A historical and contemporary context for wood engraving will also be presented, with examples by various artists and an introduction to their work.

Jonathan is a superb print maker and wood engraver, working directly onto his own box wood and holly blocks. He studied at the Central School of Art and the Slade School of Art and is head of illustratrion at Edinburgh College of Art. He has exhibited widely in Scotland and the UK and executed numerous commissions.

Price: £225. To include tools, japanese printing paper, inks and a delicious lunch.  The wood blocks are in addition.  Beginners are welcome as are more experienced printmakers.

To book a place email: or telephone 07867 978 414.

Earlier Event: October 31