Experimental Stencil & Mono-print Workshop with Charles Shearer – Weekend 4/5 June – 10am to 4pm
June 4 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM BST£190
This two-day workshop will introduce you to a range of simple printmaking processes that would suit anyone wishing to develop their creative ideas. No previous experience of printmaking should be a barrier.
Saturday: Following an introductory talk we will begin with a period of experimentation using a range of paper cut-outs and inked rollers on varied paper stock including rice and bamboo papers. These simple actions can result in complex results… that you may wish to develop later. We shall then develop ideas through a two colour mono-print process in response to a selection of poems (optional) Images will be printed alongside a poem. If you wish to come with a poem or piece of text then we can copy this at the studio.
Sunday: In this session we will print large one-off multi-coloured broadsheets without the use of a press and using only newsprint, cartridge papers and thin acetate (to transfer inks) and involve and adapt various package and textured material in the process. We may have to work in pairs to help in this process. You will also design and print a large manila envelope. A demonstration will be given at every stage and all materials* including craft knives will be provided. At the end of the day if everyone is agreed we will have a little show and appreciation of the work done. You should leave with a body of work…
What you need to bring: An apron or work-shirt. General drawing materials, a pencil and rubber etc. A sketchbook or notebook of ideas. Do bring any reference material, books, magazines, photographs, postcards etc. Do bring a poem or piece of text if you wish.
Also consider bringing a small selection of textured material such as cloth, embossed wallpaper, feathers, leaves, packaging etc to help personalise your prints. *(A range of textured material will be provided) Tea and coffee will be available but do bring lunch.
Themes/Ideas: I am happy for everyone to work through themes and ideas of their own choosing or just to begin the process and let ideas evolve from there.
Suggested references: Work by the printmakers John & Tim Ross and Clare Romano. You will find many artists/printmakers freely demonstrating their craft on web sites such as Pinterest and Youtube. Mono-printing 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.
I look forward to meeting you on Saturday 4th June.
Best wishes, Charles
Dates: Weekend 4/5 June
Times: 10am to 4pm
Cost: £190/Members £180
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.