Online Workshops

Spring Into Summer Woodcut: Exploring Woodcut and Nature via ZOOM

with Julie Lapping Rivera

Section 2 – For Woodcut artist with some experience:  Wednesdays, 2 – 4 PM (EDT) – June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14, 28, 2021 

This workshop is full.  Email to be on the waiting list.

Sliding Fee:  $200-$450 pay what you can

Now that warmer weather is finally here, let’s get outside and let nature inspire our work!  Working either from direct (plein air) drawing and/or from photographs, we will explore specific elements of art and practice woodcut techniques inspired by the observation of nature and the landscape.

This course will meet every week in June, so that we can lay the foundation for our work, make drawings and small prints, and review the basics of carving and printing.  Then we will switch to every other week for the month of July, allowing us more time in between to carve and print our blocks.  During the workshop the instructor will cover: how to work with and maintain tools, how to prepare blocks for carving, carving techniques, inking and printing methods, multi-block techniques, adding collage and chine colle and more!  Each week, either through direct observation drawings or from photographs, we will focus on a particular art element in the landscape.

Week 1 – Focus on texture through carving
Exploring how to create texture through mark making, we will observe textures found in nature to inform the carving of a “sampler” texture block, getting to know our tools and expanding our carving vocabulary.  

Week 2 – Focus on shape and composition, positive and negative space
Inspired by forms in nature, we will practice the abstraction, or simplification of form, to design and carve a black and white image from the landscape.

Week 3 – Focus on lines in nature
The observation of line qualities found in tree branches, plants, animals, contours of the landscape, clouds, etc. will be the focus of our next woodcut.

Week 4 – Focus on value
We will make drawings focused on value to create a “chiaroscuro” woodcut, using two blocks, to create a tonal woodcut with a key block, mid-tone and highlights.  Here we will take a two week space to complete our chiaroscuro woodcut.

Week 5 – Putting it All Together
This week we will begin working on a woodcut in which we reflect on the learning of previous sessions, and create a larger and more complex woodcut inspired by drawings or photographs of nature, focusing on whichever elements resonate with you.  Again, a two week space to develop and print our blocks.

Week 6 – Sharing what we’ve done
Sharing our final blocks, we’ll review what we’ve discovered throughout the class, and set intentions for subsequent work.

Basic Materials: (a complete list will be sent upon registration)
Shina plywood blocks
Carving tools 
Honing block and compound
Sticky mat or bench hook
Ternes Burton Registration pins and tabs
Caligo safe wash relief inks in black – optional earth colors: yellow ochre, burnt Sienna, burnt umber  and other colors if you are interested in mixing colors, though this will not be our focus (150 ml tubes)*.  If you have and prefer other inks, that’s fine. If you have process colors and want to mix earth tones, that works too.
Caligo extender (150 ml tube) or Zea Mays Transparent base can
Small container of water base polyurethane and soft brush
Acrylic paint or India ink to tone the block
Inking brayer
Papers: Kitikata Natural – 6 – 8 sheets (or other Japanese papers of choice), Newsprint, Tracing paper (small pad or a few sheets), Paper for planning drawings

Limited to 6 participants.