Learn western-style block carving and printing with minimal tools at home, and make a set of prints/cards/stationery. We will learn about how to think in relief, utilize wood grain in design, how to transfer designs to a block, the techniques and different effects of the five basic carving tools and how to handle ink and paper and methods for printing using tools you have at home.
We will print in one color. Follow-up materials lists and resources will be sent to students looking to print more at home.
To maximize the time we have for carving questions, please prepare a 4x6 design (landscape or portrait orientation) for your block in advance. A design on paper can be transferred to the block so that the print will be the same orientation as the paper drawing, so any lettering in your design should be right-reading. Simple designs with bold image areas/texture that work with the grain (think fur, bark, a cloudy sky, or water...rather than curly-cues) without lettering are recommended. You will receive an email from your instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org, with more guidance around block design in advance of class.
Taught by Jessie Merriam
Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $65, but we have a $55 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $75. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the consumables and materials fee of $26.
Materials cost for this class is $20 and includes ink, printmaking quality paper and cards, newsprint for proofs, shina plywood block 4x6, pencil, power grip carving tool rental and brayer tool rental.
Need a scholarship? We got you! Just email email@example.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best on covering the rest.
*** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***