Exploratory Woodcut and Haiku
July 14 @ 10:00 am - July 16 @ 5:00 pm$440.00
Friday-Sunday, July 14-16, 10 AM – 5 PM
with Julie Lapping Rivera
In this workshop we will explore woodcut as an open-ended, experimental process. Using haiku as a point of departure, our carving will be inspired by the spirit and imagery of poetry. This approach will invite us to investigate mark making in new ways. From there, we will explore variations in inking and printing, with an emphasis on transparency and subtle color combinations. Working with square format blocks will allow us to experiment with turning our blocks, layering, overprinting, ghost prints and more.
Each day we will be introduced to new techniques and then given time to explore some of the possibilities. Topics will include:
- Carving, working with our tools
- Color/ink mixing
- Stencils and masks
- Transparency in papers, inking, and waxing
- Layering, ghost prints
- Chine colle and collage, adhesives
- Monoprinting with PETG in combination with woodcut
This workshop is appropriate for beginning and experienced woodcut artists. For those new to woodcut, a basic introduction to tools and block preparation will be offered.
We are grateful to McClain’s Printmaking Supplies for their partial sponsorship of this workshop. Students may use the studio’s woodcutting tools during the workshop but will be provided information on what to purchase if they desire to get their own tools.
About the Instructor:
Julie Lapping Rivera works primarily in woodcut, often combined with collage. She works in series, exploring themes most often connected to the inner workings of the heart, and the world of relationships. Currently, in addition to teaching workshops at Zea Mays, Julie teaches in the art department at Smith College. She teaches workshops and exhibits her work locally, nationally and internationally.