NatureArt Lab


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Learn about printmaking as a medium for art inspired by the natural world! Explore and capture the fascinating textures and patterns of birds in this two-day introductory workshop.

About the tutor

Dr Fenja T. Ringl is a Canberra-based printmaker with a passion for nature-influenced art that reflects Australia’s unique ecological and cultural environments. With a professional background in archaeology, palaeo-ecology and science communication, Fenja draws inspiration from years of travelling and working across Australia’s diverse landscapes. Fenja initially explored printmaking as a way of interpreting the natural world while on fieldwork many years ago, and has since developed printmaking into a full-time occupation/obsession.

About the course/workshop

Design and create hand pulled prints inspired by your favourite birds or from your existing drawings and photographs. After an opportunity for learning about, examining and sketching a few birds, the course introduces you to two types of printmaking techniques – drypoint (intaglio) and linocut (relief) – through which to express the intricate forms and patterns characteristic of birds. You will learn about each technique’s possibilities; plate design and creation; printing methods; and tool and equipment choices. You will also have the opportunity to experiment with recycled household materials as printing plates. At the end of the class you can expect to have produced several unique bird prints on professional printmaking paper using both hand burnishing and an etching press.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to develop and create printed images using positive and negative ‘space’ for mark-making through two different printmaking techniques.
  • Drypoint skills from concept to finished print: develop a design suitable for intaglio printing (where ink is pushed into gouges engraved into the surface of the plate and is then transferred to paper through pressure), engrave the design into a clear plastic plate with consideration to line weights and shading, ink and clean the plate, print onto paper using a press. Experiment with techniques on various materials.
  • Linocut skills from concept to finished print: develop a design suitable for relief printing (where ink is rolled onto the raised surface while ‘white’ spaces are cut away), transfer an image to a Japanese vinyl plate, carve the design into the plate, ink the plate, print onto paper by hand and/or with a press.
  • Gain knowledge of the materials and equipment used with linocut and drypoint printmaking techniques.
  • Gain in-depth experience of the printmaking process through the focused study of bird forms and feather patterns, and through the translation of these features to two different printmaking techniques.

Suitable for all students from beginners through to intermediate students who wish to develop their printing skills. Some materials will be included for this workshop, and further details will be provided prior to the start of the first class.

Class size is limited to 12 students. 

Please note that we will be observing COVID safety practices for this workshop. Students are requested to bring their own drinks and snacks. NatureArt Lab is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and reserves the right to postpone the workshop if required at the time. 

Dates: 5 - 6 March 2022 (weekend)

Days/Times: Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Format: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

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Image:  by Dr. Fenja T. Ringl