2013 Nov-Dürer

September 13th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments


Dürer’s Self Portrait

Albrecht Dürer,  was a German  painter,  engraver,  printmaker, mathematician and theorist from Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer was born over five hundred years ago in the town of Nuremberg, Germany. Dürer is known for his woodcuts, engravings, and oil paintings. Dürer apprenticed in his father’s goldsmith shop at age 13, but decided he preferred to paint and joined a Master’s workshop to learn painting. He painted mostly portraits, typically with details about the person in the portrait. At this time, printmaking was becoming more popular due to new technology. Durer learned to make engravings and woodcuts and used this new printmaking process. Durer signed his engravings and woodcuts with his distinctive signature and became well known.

It was at this time in Southern Europe that there was a renewed interest in art, science and learning. This period is called the Renaissance.

At the age of thirteen, he became an apprentice in his father’s goldsmith shop but later decided that he preferred to paint and joined a Master’s workshop to learn painting.

Dürer began to learn his trade as a professional artist during a period when the printing press was revolutionized by the use of movable type and designs incised into metal plates called engravings.

Dürer is mainly recognized for his woodblock prints and engravings, but he also painted using the medium of oil paint.

Woodblock Prints: A design that is sketched out of a block of wood and where the image to be printed is raised from the design created on the block (similar to a rubber stamp).

Engravings:  is a form of printmaking that is done on metal and in reverse of a woodblock print. The design is incised into the metal and the areas meant to be print are below the surface of the plate.

His work includes altarpieces, religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits and copper engravings. He has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance ever since.

Dürer’s Trademark Signature

This months projects will be scratch-board drawings. The children will have wooden stylus to scratch off the ink layer that covers gold or silver scratchboards.  This is a subtractive process similar to engraving and printmaking processes that Dürer used. See samples and notes below.





  1. Pete
    November 13th, 2013 at 16:37 | #1

    Just a heads up that the silver backed paper is much harder to work with
    The kids had much better success with paper clips then the pencils with nails

  2. Rachel
    November 15th, 2013 at 17:20 | #2

    The wood stylus works best if kids can hold at a 45 degree angle.

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