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Woodblock Printmaking

Course Overview

Students will investigate the methods of relief woodblock printmaking as Nick gives an introduction to the basics of creating a multicolor woodblock print. Techniques covered include transfer, carving, reduction, and multi-block methods, simplifying the world of layers, reverse imagery, registration, and printing. Also included are guided discussions on imagery, abstraction, and conceptual intent. A collaboration between the Art Colony and North House Folk School, this course allows students to experience two unique Grand Marais cultural institutions. Days one and two, students begin their work in the North House woodshop. Days three and four take place in the Art Colony’s professional printmaking studio, where students will use a Takach printing press.


Thu, May 10th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 3 1/2 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Day 1: 5pm-7pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $435.00
Includes materials fee of $60.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

1. Carving tools - 1/16" (@1.5 mm), 1/8" (@3 mm), 1/4" (@4.5 mm), 3/8" (@6 mm) U-Gouges. In addition, 1/8" (@3mm) V-Gouge is recommended. Any larger U-Gouges or straight chisels could also come in handy.

2. Brayers - Larger brayers up to 10". One 8" and one 10" are recommended. The larger brayers are often expensive so smaller brayers may be more readily available and would be better than none. Try to avoid brayers that are made of very hard rubber or extremely soft, foamy material. The hardness should be like an eraser texture.

3. Miscellaneous - 1" ruler, triangular ruler, pencils, ultra fine point Sharpie pen, Mat knife/X-acto (I like the OLFA brand with sections of the blade that can be snapped off as the edge dulls.) 1 1/2" - 2" rectangular palette knives for mixing ink. Apron.

4. Images to inspire your print or an idea for what your subject might be.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.

Waiting List

The course Woodblock Printmaking Thu, May 10th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018 is full.

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