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Prismatic Woodcut Techniques

lyellLyell Castonguay
Tuesday evenings, 6-9 PM, September 8-29, 2015
$275 non-members $245 members
$40 materials fee

Leave behind the monochromatic in this comprehensive introduction to color woodcut.  In this class, we create a 12” x 12” full color woodcut using traditional, multiple block printing methods.

We will begin by transferring a drawing or photograph onto a piece of plywood and developing a key block by carving away areas of the plywood that correspond to the negative space of the image.  Once the key block is complete, the image is transferred onto a second and third piece of plywood.  These blocks are carved to define highlights, shadows and develop a background.

We will discuss the use of ink modifiers to create color overlays and transparencies.  In addition, we will cover what printing papers work best for press or hand printing.   Castonguay will demonstrate the use of Japanese chisels including proper techniques to prevent hand fatigue, carving to achieve specific textures, along with the care and sharpening of tools.  Students will learn paper registration as they print the key design over the second and third block, creating a eye-popping color bonanza!  All skill levels are welcome.

$315 ‐ Non‐Members

$285 ‐ Members