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Monoprinting Workshop with Julia Wakefield at Hahndorf Academy

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Try your hand at print making at Historic Hahndorf Academy with Julia Wakefield
Learn printmaking in a friendly and creative environment.


In December last year, South Australian artist and printmaker, Julia Wakefield curated an exhibition of her print exchange collections, Joining Hands around the World, at the Hahndorf Academy. This was accompanied by a Monoprinting Workshop.

Try your hand at print making at Historic Hahndorf Academy with Julia Wakefield
'City of the world', a multiple print composed of several woodblocks carved by several artists, and printed by Maria Arango.


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.

Try your hand at print making at Historic Hahndorf Academy with Julia Wakefield
Night Heron, the lino block, by Julia Wakefield


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.

Try your hand at print making at Historic Hahndorf Academy with Julia Wakefield
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.

Try your hand at print making at Historic Hahndorf Academy with Julia Wakefield
Fish, collagraph, courtes bonniemurrayprints.blogspot.com.au/


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.


Try your hand at print making at Historic Hahndorf Academy with Julia Wakefield
Dogs, collograph plates by Colin Beaumont, courtes fifedunfermlineprintmakers.blogspot.com.au/p/courses.html


Julia says she has to give people a health warning when they attend her print making classes, as they can be very addictive!

Try your hand at print making at Historic Hahndorf Academy with Julia Wakefield
'Sea dog', wood engraving by Julia Wakefield

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Why? Ideal workshop to learn the simple technique of monoprinting in a friendly and encouraging environment at Hahndorf Academy from Julia Wakefield, SA Artist & Printmaker
When: Monoprinting Workshop: 10 am - 4 pm Saturday, 26 April, 2014. Relief Printing Classes: 2 - 4.30, Thursday May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 2014.
Phone: 0433 975 590
Where: Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main Street, Hahndorf
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.
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