The Graphic Art of German Expressionism, explored in Print

Ref: C3841882

The course is inspired by the intense, angular and nervous energy of German Expressionism in printmaking. It aims to explore the characteristic style of artists from the die Brucke school in Berlin, and German expressionist filmmakers of the time. Translating their spirit and unique way of working into print. The course will begin with a series of drawing workshops to develop design skills and mark making technique, using the human figure and portraiture as the subject. As the course progresses these drawing explorations will be developed into woodcut relief prints, exploring the properties this soulful material has to offer.

Course aim

Informed by the primitive style of German Expressionism, this course will provide an introduction into drawing the human body in expressive markmaking techniques with the aim of developing it into a woodcut relief print.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Draw with confidence in a bold sylised way
  • Design with positive and negative mark-making techniques
  • Translate drawings and design work into a woodcut print
  • Cut a wood plate for printing
  • Ink up and print a woodcut plate

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of basic materials will be provided, but students will be asked to bring additional materials. An list will be provided at enrolment.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Graphic Art of German Expressionism, explored in Print


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