At our final meeting of the term we all enjoyed learning and experimenting with collograph print making at an art workshop run by artist Ellen Love.
We explored The Ashmolean’s painting about the Civil War by Artist William Dobson, imagining what the main characters, including the dog, might have been thinking….. Then we found out more about the people in the painting. The main character on the left is Prince Rupert, a Royalist, whose army had been defeated at Bristol. He is holding a blank scroll, sent to him to by King Charles I to compose his confession. Rupert, convinced of his innocence, returned the scroll empty to the King and was eventually pardoned.
We looked closely at the painting for inspiration for printmaking, and everyone made some sketches and drawings in front of the painting. People focused on different aspects such a the movement and textures of fabrics, patterns and the dog.
Ellen showed us how to construct a piece of work for collograph printmaking using a rage of techniques including layering, cutting, adding texture and fabrics. We enjoyed using inks and ‘polishing’ our piece before printing with the press.
Thank you Ellen for a wonderful session- we were all really pleased with the finished results!