Woodblock Relief Printing
NOTE: This course is team-taught.
Professor Curt Labitzke teaches the first half of the quarter and Claire Cowie teaches the second half of the quarter.
Mon/Wed 9:10 – 11:50am
This course is an exploration of the woodblock relief printmaking process, using oil-based inks on paper. The development of a mature and personal statement in terms of content and imagery will be expected. Early projects will focus on value, texture, pattern, and composition. Students will then use stencils and the registration of multiple plates as an avenue for layered color investigations. A final project will be a reduction cut. Some exercises are collaborative, and short group discussions are a regular activity. The aim is to expand the repertoire of visual language, to encourage direct invention in the medium of relief printing, and to foster a method of thinking artistically through the making of original prints. Successful completion of this course requires active participation in all class sessions as well as significant studio work time outside of class.
You will have the opportunity to learn the basic steps involved in printing, to maintain a print shop and tools, and to develop technically and conceptually.
Frequent demonstrations and class participation is mandatory. A good deal of studio work-time outside of class is required.