Monday, 30 July 2012

Summer School 2012

I spent a week teaching drawing at the Beaufort Summer School. Here I am with seven survivors from my class of eight; Hazel only booked three days. From left to right: Joyce, Gillian, Joan, Graham, Joanna, Zena and Diana. Good fun, hard work and lots of great art!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Art Class Exhibition August 11th-18th

'David Ochiltree's Art Class Exhibition' at St Michaels Tower - Gloucester Civic Trust 
Do come and see all of our  work which will be on display in St Michaels Tower for a week from the 11th -18th August 2012. Lots of original art at a reasonable price many artworks are Gloucester based. Gloucester rugby, Gloucester views and much more.
See us on: Where Can We Go

Thursday, 12 July 2012


Durer-The Holiday Fool

Woodcut—formally known as xylography—is a relief printing artistic technique in printmaking in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood, with the printing parts remaining level with the surface while the non-printing parts are removed, typically with gouges. The areas to show 'white' are cut away with a knife or chisel, leaving the characters or image to show in 'black' at the original surface level. The block is cut along the grain of the wood (unlike wood engraving where the block is cut in the end-grain). In Europe beechwood was most commonly used; in Japan, a special type of cherry wood was used.
The surface is covered with ink by rolling over the surface with an ink-covered roller (brayer), leaving ink upon the flat surface but not in the non-printing areas.
Multiple colors can be printed by keying the paper to a frame around the woodblocks (where a different block is used for each color). The art of carving the woodcut can be called "xylography", but this is rarely used in English for images alone, although that and "xylographic" are used in connection with block books, which are small books containing text and images in the same block. Single-leaf woodcut is a term for a woodcut presented as a single image or print, as opposed to a book illustration.
My art classes recreated some woodcut images this week using dip pen and ink.
My art classes enjoyed a lesson about Edward Munch.

There is an exhibition at the Tate Modern London which is on until the 14th October 2012 and is well worth a visit.