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Wood Engraving

Wood Engraving

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Peter Brown


This course provides a sound introduction to wood engraving, a powerful method of printmaking which is steeped in traditional craft yet has a lively position in contemporary art. Over the five days, you will create prints from your own drawings using key engraving techniques. The course will be perfect for anyone who draws and wishes to print using methods that can be easily practised at home as they require little space and equipment. Engraving tools are provided.

Who should take this course?

  • Those interested in handmade books and the traditional book arts.
  • Both beginners and experienced artists, including those wishing to learn a new technique/find a new means of expression
  • Students building a portfolio for college application.

Topics covered

  • We will cover some core wood engraving techniques such as preparing the block and cutting the image
  • You will use a range of specialist tools and printing by hand.
  • Clear instruction, demonstrations and one-to-one tuition will guide you through every stage.
  • The images you produce will be in black and white and will be quite small.

Entry requirements: Please note that an enthusiasm for drawing would be most helpful. The course would be quite difficult for people who are not comfortable at drawing.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Peter Brown gained a post-graduate diploma in illustration from St Martins in 1992. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator and printmaker. He is a visiting lecturer in further education and teaches printmaking workshops at Gainsborough's House, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Sidney Nolan Trust. He specialises in wood engraving and Japanese woodblock and has illustrated a weekly wildlife column for the Times newspaper for the past 20 years. Peter is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and exhibits regularly with the Society of Wildlife artists. See more of Peter's work on his website:


Please bring to the first session:

  • Your own ideas : drawings of something you wish to have a go at engraving - please note that the engraving blocks are very small and irregularly shaped, approximately 5 x 3cm.
  • Protective clothing : old clothes or an apron
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencils including a 2H or harder
  • Eraser
  • Teaspoon or similar object made of wood, plastic or bone for hand printing
  • Any additional drawing equipment or tools you think would be useful and would like to bring

Available dates