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Traditional water-based printmaking without a press

with Sara Lee
Image right: Sara Lee, Refuge, 2013
Woodcut (in the ukiyo-e tradition)
30 x 45 cms
  Refuge - Japanese Woodcut - Sara Lee
Course Outline:
Sara Lee will introduce the history and technique of the Japanese method of woodcut printmaking. The course will explore the unique and subtle qualities of the ukiyo-e tradition of preparing and printing blocks, and work towards multi-block and colour prints using water based materials. Sara also covers the registration and the basic principles of edition printing. The cutting techniques learned on this course will be very useful for those using the conventional Western woodcut tradition.

The course is individually tailored and therefore suitable for beginners and for those with experience of the technique.

About the Artist:
Sara Lee is a master printmaker and an experienced teacher. Her work is exhibited internationally and was selected for the British Print Show in Kyoto, Japan 2012. Sara is Rabley’s Artist in Residence for 2013 and has an upcoming solo exhibition here in 2014.
Sara Lee worked in the studio of master printer Hugh Stoneman for more than ten years. Together they developed a gravure practice and published under the imprint Print Centre Publications. Sara works closely on etching and woodcut projects with Eileen Cooper RA, with whom she shares a print studio and the imprint Blackbird Editions. Sara teaches at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, has written for Tate, and has advised and lectured on print processes for various individuals and institutions including the Art Fund, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy Schools.
more about this artist...
Course includes:
Use of the print room and a dedicated workspace in the drawing studio.
Basic materials
Group and individual tuition
Artist demonstrations
Access to Gallery and archive of original works
Research Art Library
Access to the countryside
Farmhouse lunch, tea, coffee & refreshments

Sara will be assisted by Rabley’s Studio Artist-Printmaker, Amy-Jane Blackhall to ensure you have lots of individual attention and the best technical support to make the most creative use of your time with us.

Course Review
Read our course review on the Rabley blog

“Her encouragement (and patience) were remarkable and as I look now at my efforts on the first day of the course, compared with the third day, I realise the extent of her teaching skills.¬† I will continue with the process and am very excited at the thought." DP, 2013

Rabley Drawing Centre located on the Ainslie family arable and dairy farm in the heart of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. ‘Home Farm’ is a higher-level conservation farm with extensive meadow, wild bird feeding areas and special habitats and woodland. This unique environment includes ancient burial mounds, Iron Age earthworks and the Roman road to the Roman settlement of Cunetio.

The centre occupies a series of spacious Victorian red brick barns that now provide a beautiful gallery, drawing studio and well-equipped print room.

On site is the celebrated 21st Century farmhouse built by the Ainslie family, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

This unique creative hub is in the middle of nowhere but the centre of everything! Only 1 hour from Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Winchester and Reading, and 1 hour 15mins on the train from London.

Group Size: 9
Dates: TBC
Times: 9.30 - 5pm
Course Duration: 3 days
Course Fee:  TBC

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