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Learn printmaking in a friendly and creative environment.
Julia is running another Monoprints workshop at the Hahndorf Academy on Saturday April 26, from 10am – 4pm. This is designed to be an introduction to the art of printmaking, and will hopefully whet your appetite for a series of five relief printing classes that are taking place in May on Thursday afternoons, from 2 – 4.30 pm starting on 8 May, 2014.
As many of us do, Julia first encountered printmaking at school, when she was introduced to linocuts. But it wasn't until she went to art school in London and discovered how many varieties of handmade prints had been invented over the centuries that she became hooked for life. From etchings to wood engravings, from screenprinting to lithographs, she tried them all, and is still experimenting with new methods. Her interest was further sparked when she discovered that anyone can take part in international print exchanges, which are a wonderful way to learn new techniques while building up your own unique collection of handmade prints.
Night Heron, two colour lino print by Julia Wakefield
Julia encourages people to try relief printing at home with the minimum of equipment. 'Although it's nice to have a studio full of presses and drying racks, most people only get that sort of opportunity if they go to art school,' she says. 'But anyone can carve a block and print it on their kitchen table.'
Julia's classes will show you how you can do just that and be amazed by the results. She will introduce students not only to linocuts but also to collagraphs, which are made by sticking layers of cardboard or other materials together, rather than carving into a surface. What's more, all students who come to the classes are encouraged to become involved in an international print exchange, which will be exhibited at the Hahndorf Academy during the Adelaide Fringe in 2015. Julia is hoping to give the exchange a universal theme that brings our attention to the fragile beauty of the world's flora and fauna.
Anyone who is interested in attending either the monoprints workshop or the relief printing classes – or both – can contact Julia via her website, Julia Wakefield. She also writes a blog about printmaking called touchpaper printmaking tips touchpaperprintmakingtips.wordpress.com/
And if you want to make a day of it, or if you prefer to draw rather than print, come to Julia's life drawing sessions on Thursday mornings! They are alternately tutored and untutored sessions, starting at 10 am. To read more about the life drawing classes.
Cost:Monoprinting workshop $85, $70 Concession. All materials provided. Lino workshops cost $165, $135 Concession for 5 sessions. All materials provided at the first session. Some materials will need to be bought in subsequent sessions.