This two-day workshop by celebrated painter and printmaker Charles Shearer will take you on a journey of discovering using a range of simple but effective printmaking processes.
Here’s Charles’ plan for the weekend…..
Saturday: Following Charles’ introductory talk you will be let loose to print using a range of paper cut-outs and inked rollers on a variety of different papers. These simple stencilling methods often result in complex results, producing exciting ideas that you may wish to develop later.
You will then move on to creating two-colour monoprints responding to a selection of poems or text. Charles will have poems already printed on large sheets of paper for inspiration and your images will be printing next to, alongside or around these. You may bring your own text if you wish.
Sunday: In this session you will explore printing large one-off multi-coloured broadsheets without the use of a press, using only newsprint, cartridge papers and thin acetate (to transfer the inks) and involve and adapt various packaging and textured materials in the process.
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their creative ideas. No previous experience of printmaking should be a barrier!
Demonstrations will be given at every stage and all materials will be provided.
Dates: Weekend 22/23 October
Times: 10am to 4pm
Cost: £200 / Members £190
Suggested references from Charles: Work by the printmakers John Ross, Tim Ross and Clare Romano. You will find many artists/printmakers freely demonstrating their craft on web sites such as Pinterest and Youtube. Monoprinting has been associated with many famous artists including Picasso, Degas, Cassatt and O’keefe.
You may also find inspiration in the works and themes of Barbara Hepworth, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Peter Lanyon and Ben Nicholson to name a few, but also the shapes, forms and colour of the Russian Constructivist period, stencil work of Hendrick Werkman and Printmaking with Monotype by Henry Rasmusen.
Born in Kirkwall, Orkney in 1956 Charles Shearer studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and at the Royal College of Art, London, specialising in illustration. Since graduating in 1983, he has taught printmaking at numerous art schools alongside working on personal projects including commissions for books and magazines. Charles continues to draw and paint in the landscape alongside developing ideas through print and helps run print workshops at venues around the country.