Wood Engraving (Relief Print) Taster Day

Tuesday 7 November 2023

11:00 - 17:00

Standard £120.00

Concession £108.00

This one day course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as printmakers from other fields who would like to add wood engraving to their portfolio.

Wood Engraving is a relief printing process where an image is engraved into the end grain of a hard wood (traditionally Box wood) with specialist engraving tools. The relief surface created is then inked and an impression taken onto paper by hand or by printing press. This British tradition of wood engraving, dating back to before it's best known engraver, Thomas Bewick (d.1828), still continues today as illustration and independent prints.

The course:

You will be introduced to the materials, tools and processes with reference throughout the day to historic and contemporary wood engraving. Advice will be given on choosing and sharpening tools as well as their care and safe use.

• Preliminary drawings and design

• Transferring drawings to the block

• Cutting the block introducing the range of wood engraving tools

• Proofing and printing on the cylinder press

On the day you will cut and print one practice block then cut another block from which you will print a small limited edition (5-10 prints).

Tutor Peter S Smith

Peter S Smith is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE). His paintings and prints are exhibited in the UK and overseas with works in public and private collections, including Tate Britain, the Ashmolean Oxford and the Fitzwilliam Cambridge. Peter has over 30 years’ experience in teaching the arts, including his role as the Head of the School of Art Design and Media at Kingston College. He currently has a studio at St Bride Foundation, where he also teaches wood engraving workshops.


‘It was a real joy, such a good teacher and inspiring as an artist. Also incredibly patient and generous with all his experience and knowledge.’ Workshop Participant


Ticket is non-refundable, however you are welcome to offer your ticket to another person or reschedule the date of your visit. Please contact [email protected] to change the date/event of your booking at least 7 days prior to the event date.

Due to the constraints of our Grade II listed building, the workshop is not currently accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.