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Introduction to Relief Printmaking

August 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Thursdays, August 4 and 11, 5-8pm

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About this Workshop:

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


Registration includes a $25 materials fee to cover the materials supplied in class, including printing blocks, paper, ink, and newsprint. In addition, students are requested to bring the following items:

  • Personal apron, or wear clothes that can get a bit messy
  • Pencil and paper (if you want to take notes)
  • Two sketches or ideas for your prints, approximately 4” x 6” 


Anita Hagan has worked in the medium of linoleum block printing for over 25 years, and has developed the unique technique of printing black ink over acrylic paint. Inspired by the natural world, and the human figure, she continues to explore and push the boundaries of her art. Ms. Hagan’s work can be found in private collections across the United States and as the featured artist on the cover of the arts magazine UpStart and other publications. Learn more about her work at www.anitahaganartist.com.

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