Relief printmaking is a graphic and versatile type of printmaking that dates as far back as 500 BC. An image is carved in reverse onto a block, which is then inked and sent through a press. The tools are simple and approachable but the possibilities are expansive.
Relief Printmaking empowers students (both first-time and seasoned printmakers) to plan, carve, and print relief blocks. After looking at lots of examples, both historical and contemporary, students will begin their relief printing adventure with easy-to-carve low-pressure “Speedy-Cut” blocks. Throughout the class, students will move on to carving both linoleum and wood with a variety of carving techniques that exploit line, shape, contrast, and texture.
On the press, students will learn how to mix ink, handle paper, register multiple colors, and finesse pressure to produce a set of prints that utilizes the skills built throughout the class. Students graduate authorized to print independently at Spudnik Press through our Open Studio or Keyholder programs.
Basic carving tools are available to use during class, but we encourage students to acquire their own set to use outside of class. We recommend Blick’s Student Wood Chisel Set as well as Flexcut SlipStrop to keep them sharp.