Study atmospheric woodcuts in depth from all traditions as you make one or more woodcuts. During this course you will learn how to express atmospheric and ephemeral feelings in a medium which appears hard-edged, as you extend the scope and ambition of your existing skills.
The tutor offers expert tuition through demonstrations, talks and reviews to ensure you gain confidence in making woodcut prints. You will learn how to use the tools and materials for woodcut prints in a safe, free and purposeful manner. You will also develop an artistic vocabulary within this medium that leads to successful prints.
By the end of the course, you will have the skills to cut a block with artistic control, either in black and white or colour, or both. You will know how to maintain and sharpen your tools, be able to use translucent and opaque inks, and to print by hand and with a press.
By understanding the full possibilities of woodblock printmaking, you will be in a position to use what you have learnt to further your own artistic and technical development.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Merlyn Chesterman is a woodblock printmaker. She trained in Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art. She has a Dip Ed and has taught at West Dean since 2005. Merlyn has a studio in North Devon, and her woodcuts are exhibited worldwide.
She is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and in 2014 set up Pine Feroda, a group of 4 printmakers who work collaboratively to produce large-scale woodcuts. Merlyn has recently completed residencies in Hangzhou China, Hong Kong and Sweden, and is co-author of the book 'Making Woodblock Prints', published by Crowood Press.