In-House Workshops

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut

with Julie Lapping Rivera

Tuesdays, 10AM – 4PM, June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2022

$400 for non-members, $350 for members, +$45 materials fee for blocks, paper and ink

Limited to 8 participants

The Chiaroscuro (meaning light and dark) woodcut flourished in Italy during the Renaissance, initially as a way to reproduce the works of leading masters such as Raphael and Titian. The process usually involves carving a linear key block, transferring that image to another block, and then carving a tonal block, replicating the look of an ink line and wash drawing. The tonal block is printed, and then the key block is printed on top. The technique has been adopted by many artists since, with lots of variation.

For those new to multiple block color woodcut, this is a wonderful entry in to that process. For experienced printmakers interested in working with line and tone, this workshop will be an opportunity to expand your printmaking vocabulary. Starting with drawings on toned paper, we will begin with a two block print (one tone and one “key” line block). We will then advance to a three color print (two tonal blocks and one key block). We will explore the basics of image transfer, block preparation, carving, registration and inking in a range of tonalities. 

Those new to woodcut and experienced woodcut artists are welcome.

$400 ‐Non‐Members + $45 materials fee

$350 ‐Members + $45 materials fee