Woodblock is a printing technique in which a block of relatively soft wood is prepared with a relief pattern, which means that the positive space is identified and the negative space is cut away with woodcarving tools, chisels, and sandpaper. It is then inked with a roller and printed under heavy pressure.
In this three-hour class, students will utilize drawing and carving techniques to translate an image onto a wooden block by either hand rendering or photographic transfer. The negative space will then be carved away to create a relief of the intended image, which will be inked and printed in one color. The first 35-45 minutes of the class will be used to explain the proper handling of the carving tools, press, and inks. A printing and photographic transfer demonstration will be included as well. It is recommended that students bring reference images for the content they plan to draw or transfer. The workshop price includes all necessary materials (wood, drawing/carving tools, ink, paper, and press use). Each participant will walk away with an edition of ten finished woodblock prints.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
18+ All participants must sign a waiver before each class.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
What if my class doesn't fill?
If your class doesn't fill you may be asked to choose a different time slot.
What if I can't make it to the class?
Make-up dates will not be available. Please try to make it to class.
What is the refund policy?
Refunds will be given up to seven days before the start of the class. After that point, no refund will be given. If you find out that are unable to attend the class after the refund deadline has ended but before the class has started you may give your ticket to a friend. Just give us a 24 hour advanced notice.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes. If you are buying a ticket for someone else, please let us know at least 24 hours before the start of the class.
Is there a dress code?
Yes. Closed toed shoes must be worn at all times while in the shop. Also, be sure to wear something you don't mind getting ink on. Printmaking can often be messy.
When & Where
MASS is an inclusive educational facility and laboratory, supporting research and development across a broad range of fields. We foster creativity and multidisciplinary collaboration by providing open access to unique tools and resources.
Classes are supported by The Goat Farm Arts Center