About the series: In this series, you will learn how to make monotype and relief prints without using a printing press. First, students will experiment with three different types of monotypes. Then, students will go on to handprint relief prints and will have the chance to explore both linocut and woodcut prints. At the end of the course, students will learn methods of bookbinding and compile their prints from throughout the course into artists’ books or use their prints to make covers and endpapers for sketchbooks.
About the classes: During the first of two woodcut classes, you will plan and carve your own wood blocks. You will look at woodcut prints by other artists to see what is possible with this type of relief printing before you begin carving your own blocks. You will also learn how to use different woodcutting tools and how to sharpen your tools. If you are not able to attend the second of the two woodcut classes, you will get an overview of how to print your blocks on your own at home.
During the second woodcut class, you will print the woodblocks you carved during the first class. You will learn how to ink your blocks, how to register your paper, and how to handprint your images. You will also have the opportunity to explore hand coloring your prints. If you did not come to the first of the woodcutting classes, you will have time to carve your woodblocks.