Instructor: Jennifer Stead
Thursday November 9, 6-8pm at the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery (ALMAG)
Prepare your drawing and carve your lino block! Come with a design in mind, or carve from selected designs by Jennifer Stead.
Thursday November 16, 6-8pm at the River Art Centre (RAC)
Printing a proof…or two!
Printing your 4.5 x 6″ cards
Cost: $45.00 per person, all supplies provided.
Call or email the Gallery to register 506-92-6769 email@example.com
Payment secures your spot. Open to ages 15 plus.
A Carl Schaeffer ink design for a Christmas card in the National Gallery of Canada Collection
The tradition of Christmas card giving started in Britain in the 1840s. By the 1860s developments in printing techniques allowed it to become a tradition so that by 1900 Christmas cards were popular all over Europe as well as in Canada and were mass produced. In the first half of the 20th century, Canadian artists started their own tradition of making unique, hand printed cards with linoleum, woodblock or silk screen, sometimes hand tinting each card individually. Carl Schaefer made many black and white card designs which are the simplest to do and are still elegant and festive. Here are some other examples.
This card of the family cutting a Christmas tree uses 5 colours and is called a Reduction Print, which is a bit more complicated with a few more stages ( 1 per colour) and requires more preparation in the drawing stage. Making a reduction print is bit like solving a puzzle – good for your brain, fun and you’ll feel very pleased with yourself.
This card by A. Y. Jackson, another prolific card maker and sender like many of the Group of Seven, printed the black and then hand painted the colour after the ink had dried. Easy, quick and satisfying.