Wood engraving – developing an idea with Cathryn Kuhfeld

Ref: SLW13321

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About this course

Develop an idea in wood engraving for a print using your own design.

Course Description

This intermediate course is for students with some experience and will give you the opportunity to develop an idea of your own. Bring along a pencil drawing, preferably 5 x 4 inches ready for the block, either in landscape or portrait format, or come with some designs, images or a proposal for your idea to translate into print.  

The first evening will be spent considering your design, maybe making adjustments and transferring your idea onto the block. The following two days, including evening sessions, will be spent engraving, perhaps making some proofs, ready to spend time printing your engraving on the final day. 

You can always bring along an existing project to complete and print. There will be time to consider different aspects of image making, subtleties with printing using make-ready and learning how to sharpen tools. If you’re inspired to print a small edition, extra suitable paper is available to purchase from the shop.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


The College will provide a 5 x 4 inch lemonwood endgrain block and a small practice block, oil based printing ink, black Quink ink, French chalk, white spirit, masking tape, tracedown transfer paper, newsprint and a sheet of printing paper. Tools will be provided for your use during the course.

What students need to bring

Bring along a design ready to transfer onto the block.
Bring along any tools of your own if you have them.
Glasses if you wear them.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
    A good variety of art and craft materials including paper suitable for printing, masking tape, black Quink ink, printing ink, tracedown paper, etc.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Cathryn Kuhfeld

Cathryn Kuhfeld is a painter & printmaker who completed her postgraduate studies at The Royal Academy Schools. She has exhibited regularly for over forty years, mainly in London. She has work in the collections of The Nuffield Foundation, Sir Brinsley Ford and HRH The Prince of Wales. She is an elected member of The Society of Wood Engravers.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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