David Frazer

David Frazer

Castlemaine, VIC

Wood Engraving Workshop

What to Bring

  • Your own lunch.
  • An apron to protect your clothes while printing.
  • Feel free to bring your own designs, remembering that the images will be small (about 5cm x 6cm) and graphic styles with clearly defined tonal areas work best.

What to Wear

  • Casual Dress. Closed-toe shoes.

Wood Engraving Workshop

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Prepare the blocks and transfer drawings
  • Print with and without a press
  • Make 2 engravings (one using engraver's plastic block, one using traditional end-grain Lemonwood)

What You Get

  • Access to the studio, presses and engraving tools. All materials for the course will be provided.
  • Course notes including a materials and suppliers list.
  • Tea / Coffee will be provided (bags and kettles, not cappuccino machines).
  • Projects you will work on in class, including at least one finished print plus the two engraved blocks.


David Frazer has conducted many workshops in Universities, TAFES, and Community printmaking studios around Australia.  This workshop is held at David's own art studio in gorgeous Castlemaine.

In this class, you will:

  • Learn about an age-old printmaking medium, with a short introduction to the history of wood engraving.
  • Make two engravings: one practice piece using specialist engraver's plastic, and one designed piece using beautiful end-grain Lemonwood (sourced from the UK)
  • Discover how to prepare and transfer drawings on the blocks.
  • Print with and without a press.

Yes!  This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience in this technique.

About David Frazer

David Frazer has exhibited nationally and internationally with over 35 solo exhibitions since 1996 and a number of group exhibitions and prizes throughout Australia, China, the UK and Poland.  Major prizes include: 2013 People's Choice Award at the Fremantle Print Award; 2013 People's Choice Award at the Hutchins Art on Paper Prize; Winner of the 1st Guanlan International Print Biennial, China (2007);  Winner of the Broken Hill Outback Art Prize (2004); Runner up in the 2007 Burnie Print prize; Acquisition prizes at the Geelong Print Prize and the Silk Cut Award for Lino cut prints.  In 2007, the ABC produced a half hour documentary on David as part of the Artist at Work series.  His work is represented throughout Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery Of Victoria, The National Library of Australia, the National Museum of China, the Royal Academy of Art in London, and most regional galleries in Australia.

About Wood Engravings

Wood engraving is an age-old relief print-making method used for creating small and highly-detailed images.  It was traditionally used to illustrate books, with blocks being the same height as the letterpress characters that formed the text.  It is particularly well-suited to achromatic graphic artworks, with strong contrasts (lights and darks) and areas of textured shadows.

About Castlemaine

Set in Victoria's old gold-mining country, Castlemaine has become a creative hub for artists, with its naturally-beautiful landscape and close proximity to Melbourne.  In addition to the lively studio arts scene, the small township boasts period architecture, boutique shops and award-winning restaurants and cafes.  Whether you visit on a day-trip or stay for the weekend, you're sure to love what this gorgeous town has to offer. Castlemaine is about one hour's drive North of Melbourne, and is accessible via the Bendigo trainline.   (If you're coming by train, please let us know whether you require transport to and from the station).

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