Woodcut

Learn and explore one of the oldest and most accessible methods for creating an original printed image. In this course, I’ll guide you through the process of translating your idea from a sketch or photograph into a bold graphic image by making a woodcut.

The instructor will cover the selection, safe handling, and care of tools, paper, and wood; traditional and non-traditional carving techniques; methods for registering your paper; and how to ink your block and print by hand. This workshop is tailored for students with little to no experience making woodcuts, but all levels are welcome.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

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 Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Required supplies:

  • Wood block – the instructor will cover types of wood during the first class

  • Wood cutting tools – the instructor will talk about the pros and cons of different brands of tools during the first class

  • Japanese paper

  • Wooden spoon or barren

  • Pencil

  • Ink – the instructor will discuss ink options during the first class

  • Brayer

  • Palette for rolling out ink

  • An idea!

  • If using oil-based inks, you’ll need vegetable oil and dish soap for cleaning up ink

  • Recommended supplies: tracing paper; transfer paper (carbon paper or handmade transfer paper)

  • Optional: bench hook; shellac; Sharpie or India ink for staining block