Woodcut Printmaking

Woodcut is among the oldest printmaking techniques, and continues to be a strong graphic tradition today. This workshop will introduce you to the tools and methods needed to allow you to carve and print from your own relief woodblocks. You will explore carving techniques to obtain a range of texture, depth, and dramatic contrast to create strong visual statements in your artwork. We will also study examples of the woodcut throughout history, allowing you to see the different possibilities of this expression.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

  • To identify the difference between the woodcut and other printmaking processes

  • To carve wood blocks safely using different techniques of mark making

  • To print your wood blocks by hand

  • To know the reasons for choosing their wood and paper and the outcomes to expect

  • Gain a brief understanding of the history of the development of the woodcut

Required supplies:

  • Your lab fee provides for some supplies, and the use of studio materials. Students are required to purchase additional supplies.

  • Newsprint for drawing and proofing

  • Drawing Materials: pencils, Sharpie markers, erasers

  • Carving tools, chisels, and gouges

Midway through the semester students will need these supplies:

  • Japanese paper to print editions