Extra Art Projects
Since living in Ho Chi Minh City Jack has self initiated and ran woodcut workshops for adults across the city. Encouraging participation from both the expat and the local community. These workshops are a chance for creative individuals to share the experience of learning a new craft. All participants are encouraged to bring an idea to the table then draw, carve and print the block in the same afternoon. Using examples of his own work, previous student's examples and his own knowledge of the medium Jack guides them by giving them new techniques and methods to experiment with.
For the last 3 years he has also worked closely with Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) to create their summer school art program. His main responsibilities are designing all content, material stocks, recruiting and training teachers whilst teaching specialist workshops for students from as early as kindergarten up to upper secondary and generally overseeing the implementation of the program.
For his school programs he aims to bring unique, interesting and usually unseen before processes in a school environment such as various printmaking processes like frottage, relief, mono, 3D art and many more! All with an environmental underlying message.
Unfortunately due to school policies no photos of these projects can be displayed on this site.
Woodcut Printmaking Workshops for all ages
Over the last 8 years Jack has been organising workshops for adults and children across the country. He started on his rooftop in Dien Bien Phu street and has hosted them at many venues and schools since. He also works directly with international schools to provide creative curriculum development advice and has run multiple art summer camp courses with the Vietnam Australia International school across 5 campuses teaching nearly 3000 students.
If you would like to organise a workshop for your school or company we can tailor the theme to fit your needs and will provide all materials on the day. Please feel free to contact us via Saigon Print Shop at the top of the page to make an enquiry.
Workshops @ Saigon Print Shop
Since opening the first floor printing studio at the new 'Saigon Print Shop' venue in January 2022 we have hosted smaller group workshops to all ages of students to promote traditional printmaking practice to a wider audience. We offer beginner, introductory workshops where participants can learn the basics of relief printmaking to make their own print. We also offer advance level courses which take part over a series of 4 classes and teach the art of multi-layer reduction printing in color.
Workshops are available now!
To book please contact 'Saigon Print Shop' facebook page or email directly - firstname.lastname@example.org
Saigon South International School, January 2023
We had the pleasure of teaching a full day of creative workshops to the whole year group of 135 grade 4 students at Saigon South International School. We started the day with an artist talk that detailed my artist career and how I became a full time artist living in Vietnam. Then, we looked at traditional Dong Ho printmaking from north Vietnam and their processes and themes. We also talked about landforms in Vietnam and how these can influence culture.
After the artist talk each class came in for a 90 minute workshop where they used traditional printmaking techniques to create their own contemporary prints inspired by modern day photographs from across HCMC.
British International School, Thao Dien, November 2022
We were very fortunate to be invited into the British International School, HCMC to teach all 200 grade 9 students the art of woodcut printmaking. The theme was 'expressionist self portraits' and they each made a 10 x 10cm woodblock and many prints. We had great fun learning about colour gradations, mixing inks directly on the block and different carving techniques to produce expressive marks.
Most schools will teach printmaking but usually shy away from woodcut as it is more demanding to achieve good results! We have found the students much prefer the carving actions of using actual wood to lino or soft carve plate alternatives. The results speak for themselves! All these prints were made in a single 90 minute session of 45 students in each group.