Introduction to Woodcuts: Relief Cutting and Printing on Paper and Textiles. Instructed by Sara Meredith
Sat-Sun, Oct 23-24, 2021 | 10am-3pm both days, with a break for lunch | Deadline to register: Oct 9 by 4pm
$115/person. All materials included. Limited scholarships are available, email Kristina at kcoopman(at)riverartsinc.org to register via scholarship.
Gain all necessary knowledge and skills to create, cut and print from a wood block in this introductory 2-part workshop series on woodcut creation. This workshop is broken into 2 days to ensure that participants have time and space to get comfortable with both relief carving wood and the printing process. The materials and tools for this workshop series are provided, but participants are welcome to bring in clothing or additional fabric to print for Day 2. Keep in mind natural fibers like cotton or linen work best for printing.
Day 1: Relief Cutting wood- In this session you’ll receive instruction about woodcutting tools, how to image transfer onto a block, and how to safely cut wood. The remaining time will be spent cutting your piece(s)*. Each participant will receive 1-2 small soft wood blocks ( between 4”x4” and 5”x7”) to cut using professional woodcutting tools. There will be limited time to carve piece(s) using the provided tools so please arrive on Day 1 with a design in mind. Designs can be a sketch, a photo or a computer print out.
Day 2: Printing exploration- In this final session you’ll learn how to print your woodcut(s) on paper and fabric with a printing press, and also by hand. We will print using black textile and black block printing ink. This process can be messy so please wear clothing you don’t mind getting ink on.
Should you grow fond of creating woodcuts and printmaking, there will be a list of where to get tools and supplies to continue this process in your own spaces. Additionally, there will be examples on hand to see how you can finish your printed work to create a variety of products.
*mention of multiple pieces completely depends on the complexity of design, size and time constraints – some participants may have time for 2 small woodcuts
There will be a lunch break both days. Please bring a sack lunch or be prepared to purchase food nearby.
In the event a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be contacted immediately and refunded entirely. Please review our cancellation policy here.
Here at River Arts, your safety is the most important thing for us. We plan to run in-person studio classes, but with the following safety precautions added:
- A limit of 7 students in each class
- All students will work at their own 6ft table, maintaining social distancing
- Studio staff will clean and disinfect all surfaces at the end of each day.
- Latex-free rubber gloves, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer will be available to all students free of charge
- Face masks highly recommended for unvaccinated guests
- Subject to change based on most current CDC guidelines*