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Sumi-e Woodcut

Sumi-e Woodcut ImageLyell Castonguay
Friday-Sunday, December 5-7, 2014, 10-5
$360 non-members $320 members
$30 materials fee to cover blocks, papers and ink due first day of workshop.  Please note that prior to the first class students are required to purchase two $15 chisels from McClains Printmaking.

This workshop is full.  Call to put your name on the waiting list.

Sumi-e is the term for the black ink used in Japanese brush painting.  This workshop will apply painterly brush work to woodcut printmaking.  Creating a painterly woodcut is an excellent way to infuse your working practice with spontaneous energy.  Castonguay will guide students through the process of painting, carving, and printing a 24″ x 24″ image.  We begin by applying gestural marks using sumi-e brushes dipped in ink.  Among other techniques, we will use the “Matisse” method to create gestural marks from a distance.

The goal of this class is to capture the essence of a subject with bold shapes and sparse minute details.  Splattering and dribbling is highly encouraged!  Each brushstroke will be carved in order to prepare the painted image for printing.  Castonguay will teach proper tool use and maintenance, block preparation and printing.  During printing, students may overprint his or her image in different colors and transparencies.  All skill levels are welcome.