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Introduction to Relief Printmaking

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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Introduction to Relief Printmaking, October 2023 Registration
$ 184.00
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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, October 28, 10am-4pm

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About this Workshop:

Learn all the basics of relief block printing in this introductory workshop from the history to the materials, and tools for traditional block carving. Students will receive tips for transferring their design to the plate and how to use their carving tools to best effect, then practice carving using small “easy cut” plates. For the rest of the day we’ll learn about linoleum block carving. These blocks are much more versatile and better able for holding its shape while printing. Students will have time to carve a small plate. Once the carving stage is complete, students will learn how to effectively ink up and hand print their block on paper. Students will also get an overview of how one would print using a traditional press.

At the end of class, students will have a number of prints, an understanding of these two different types of carving blocks, and all the know-how to keep printing at home.

Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes October 19, 2023.  Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students will need to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Sample images by Etai Rogers-Fett


Registration includes a $25 materials fee to cover the necessary materials supplied in class, including printing blocks, paper, ink, and newsprint. In addition, you may want to bring the following items for class:

  • (optional) Personal apron (we’ll have extras) or wear clothes that can get a bit inky
  • (optional) Pencil and paper (if you want to take notes)
  • A sketch or idea for your prints, approximately 6″x8” (the size of your block)


Etai Rogers-Fett (he/him) is a printmaker, judaica artist, and arts educator living on Piscataway and Nacotchtank land in the DMV. In his printmaking practice, Etai draws inspiration from Jewish craft traditions of papercutting, manuscript illumination, and calligraphy to create compositions that blend decorative and narrative imagery and explore letterforms as sculptural bodies. Etai plays with the genres of Jewish book arts in order to tell the stories of gender-expansive identities often deliberately obscured from this historical body of work—weaving together archival research, folktales, and speculative imagining to trace vibrant trans and queer Jewish lineages. Etai has recently been part of both Pyramid’s Studio Internship and Keyholder Residency programs. See more of Etai’s work at https://www.tsukunst.com/.

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