Woodcut Printmaking

Woodcut Printmaking with Peter McLean

Woodcut Printmaking
With Peter McLean

Tuesday > 10am – 12:30pm

26 February – 2 April

Woodcuts are a traditional form of relief printmaking with distinctive graphic qualities and the potential for a wide range of outcomes in both colour and black & white. This workshop series will use a range of technical and creative exercises which will guide students through developing an understanding of the techniques and potential of woodcut printmaking on paper.

About Peter McLean >

Peter McLean

Peter McLean is an artist with a deep affinity for nature and the environment. Working across a range of printmaking techniques as well as drawing and installation, his work explores the materiality of nature and our physical, emotional and spiritual relationships with place. As well as exhibiting regularly and undertaking residencies, Peter has extensive experience teaching printmaking for a wide range of students, including at ANU School of Art & Design, the National Art School in Sydney, Megalo Print Studio and Woodford Folk Festival.

Content >

Week 1 (26 Feb)
Tools and mark-making: Use woodcut hand-tools to complete an exercise in creating tone and texture in black and white.

Week 2 (5 Mar)
Exploring the potential of positive and negative line in the formation of graphic images.

Week 3 (12 Mar)
Using the blocks already created in week 1, we will spend the whole day printing in colour, experimenting with effects of opaque and transparent inks, layers and mixing. Techniques of masking and colour inserts will also be explored.

Week 4 (19 Mar)
Combine the knowledge of creating tone and the interaction of colour gained so far and use a sequence of reductive cutting to create a vibrant multicolour self-portrait in woodcut print.

Weeks 5 & 6 (26 Mar & 2 Apr)
With the guidance of your tutor, develop your own image or design and choose between colour or black & white printing, and any of the techniques explored so far.

Cost >


All materials will be provided.

Enrolment >

More info >

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.