Woodblock Printing with Stephen McKenzie
The woodcut is a relief printmaking technique, whereby an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood—leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts. Areas that are cut away carry no ink, while characters or images at surface level carry the ink to produce the print.
The course begins with a brief talk on the history of the process and artists who are noted for their use of the medium – followed by a discussion on tools and materials. Demonstrations include the transfer of the image to the block, how to cut and translate the image and finally printing. We will go from learning the process, to making a woodcut in just a few classes. All woodcut materials provided.