As the oldest form of printmaking in existence, relief printmaking, that is, the transfer of ink from one inked raised surface to another surface, has an exciting, diverse, and rich history. Transforming visual culture as we know it, relief prints have served as a means to express and communicate images and information, and it remains a relevant and significant medium in contemporary art.
Students in this introductory course will focus on linocut relief printing, as linoleum is generally easier to carve than wood, giving us more time to focus on the basics of creating an image and printing, in order for students to produce a body of work based on assignments and individual projects. The class is structured around demonstrations of techniques and projects, such as the single-block, the multi-block and the reductive-cut techniques, and an edition of prints for a class print exchange. The course will be supplemented by trips to the museum and library to see ways other artists have employed relief printmaking in their own work.
Students will come away with a newfound understanding of the powerful graphic qualities inherent in the medium, new considerations of ways to employ markmaking, and a sense of the range of possibilities linocut printmaking can provide to his or her practice. The ability to produce linocuts at home without a press is one of the many benefits of relief printing and will allow students to continue to build on what they learn in this class after it ends.
Estimated cost of materials: $125.00
Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students