Relief printmaking is a graphic and versatile type of printmaking. This fast-paced refresher class is a great bridge for people familiar with block printing to refresh their technique and become comfortable cranking out prints at Spudnik Press.
The class will revisit the entire process from selecting a material to carve to the proper use of gauges to inking plates and using a press. Each week will review foundational skills while helping students develop a more nuanced understanding of the process and materials.
For those who may seek inspiration and motivation as much as demonstrations, the class will look at lots of prints using a range a carving styles and printing methods. Mini projects will encourage students to experiment with mark making, texture, pattern, color, shape, contrast and materials.
Building off these exercises, students should be ready to begin an independent project that will continue beyond the brief four-week class.