Printmaking Workshop with Jack Shirreff

Jack's vast sunlit studio at '107 Workshop' displayed extensive examples of his collaborations with numerous leading international artists. Prints shown celebrated the highly influential master printmaker's thirty year archive.

Working within various disciplines, such as etching with carborundum, aquatint, sugar lift and lithographic printing, he is one of the foremost developers of the technique of carborundum etching. Pupils brought along their prepared images, painted on copper printmaking plates. They were taken through the process of sugar lift etching by Jack, amongst his distinctly accomplished collection, that were also originated at his studio.

Students then spent time viewing the exhibition, before he guided them in printing their etched plates, whilst being surrounded by the many vibrant works on show. Jack also explained the evolution of processes and techniques chosen for two large Howard Hodgkin prints, as well as describing to the students how works were created with artists such as John Bellany, Antony Fry, Patrick Hughes and Joe Tilson.

As part of the trip students initially visited Rabley Drawing Centre to view a further range of prints produced at 107 Workshop. Meryl Ainslie, the Centre's Director, also gave an informative talk regarding fine art printing processes.

Click here to view a slideshow of the Workshop visit

Mr J H Parnham, October, 2010