Introduction to Relief Printimaking is a fun and relaxing two-session workshop in which students will learn the basics of relief block printing using easy carve block (session 1), then explore basic linoleum block printmaking (session 2). This workshop is open to artists and non-artists of all levels. Students are asked to provide two different 4″ x 6″ sketches, drawings, or photos printed on copy paper – one for each session.
Session 1 begins with a brief introduction to the history, materials, tools, and safety of block carving, then students will learn how to transfer their design or photo onto an “easy to carve” block. Next, everyone will be shown how to carve using a traditional basic carving tool. After carving, students will be instructed on how to handprint their block on paper and will have the opportunity to print 2-3 prints during class.
Session 2 starts with an introduction to the history and medium of linoleum block – slightly harder to carve than easy carve, but more versatile. Participants will explore how to carve, and handprint 2-3 prints during class.
Class will conclude with an opportunity to share and discuss everyone’s artwork.
Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary
Registration closes July 26, 2022. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.
All sample images by Anita Hagan