with T. Klacsmann
Wednesdays, Nov. 10, 17, Dec. 1, 1-3 PM (EST) and Dec. 8, 1-2:30 PM (EST). No class on Wednesday, Nov. 24
30 minutes of individual time to be scheduled between Nov. 10 and Dec. 8
Sliding Scale Fee: $150-$350
This 4-week course will introduce participants to the history of and techniques for creating linocut prints as we explore the process from start to finish.
Unlike intaglio plates which may require the greater pressure of a press, many relief blocks are well-suited to printing by hand. Unlike monoprinting techniques, relief carving yields easily reproducible results, and the strong contrast between inked and non-inked areas of the final image lends itself to strong graphics. Among relief techniques, linocut is unique in that the material does not have a grain and therefore readily accepts curves as well as straight lines and in any direction. The softer material requires less pressure to carve and print which can have both immediate and long-term advantages. It’s an incredibly versatile medium which can be easily adapted to a variety of settings and can be used alone or in conjunction with other printmaking techniques as well as with text.
Topics covered will include: the history of relief printmaking, selecting and caring for tools, preparing the block, transferring an image to the block, a technical approach to carving that begins with outlining a silhouette then moving from light to dark, and hand printing techniques.
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