Workshops Archive

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut via ZOOM

Allen Lewis

with Julie Lapping Rivera

Section 1: Tuesdays, 11-1 (EST), March 30 – April 27, 2021 – this section is full.  email to be on waiting list

Section 2: Wednesdays, 10-12 (EST), March 31 – April 28, 2021 – this section is full.  email to be on waiting list

Sliding fee scale:  $150-$350

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 artists interested in working with line and tone, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore this particular approach to color woodcut and to make some beautiful images.. Using a key block and one or more tonal blocks, we will create a series of chiaroscuro woodcuts, starting with a two block image, and advancing to a three block or three color image.  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.

The workshop format includes presentations, hands on demonstrations, group sharing and feedback.  Some basic relief printing experience is recommended.