Introduction to block relief printing in linocut techniques. No printmaking experience is necessary, but some art class experience is. Working in oil-based inks, we will explore one-color and more advanced reduction and multiple block prints for those who want to go further in their relief printing experience. In-depth instruction in registration techniques, methods and materials with an emphasis on solid design and pre-planning will be offered in this class.
Introduction to basic and safe methods of etching with a non-acid solution (ferric chloride) using copper plates. While drawing ability would be helpful for artists completely new to etching, printmaking experience is not necessary to take this class. Those with etching experience can expand on more advanced techniques or try mezzotints. The use of a large and small etching press, aquatint box and other equipment will be covered.
Want to improve the graphic "punch" of your relief prints? This is an un-messy, informal printmaking seminar and roundtable discussion, with examples and handouts in developing better one-color and multiple color prints. We'll talk about the principles of good design and how to adapt your references specifically to relief printmaking. How to use traditional illustration techniques to develop your ideas. How to avoid design pitfalls when using Photoshop and other digital tools. And how good design will better organize your workflow. (You can apply a lot in this seminar to your 2D art and illustration in general!)