Bridging the Gap: white-line woodcut & CNC – R0808-18

Date: Jul 23 - 27, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Breanne Trammell

Tuition: $985
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Combine digital and analog technologies using a CNC router to create unique, multi-color woodblock prints that date back to the inception of the craft. Rooted in the history of Japanese woodblock printmaking, white-line woodcut was popularized in the early 1900s. Instead of using multiple blocks, the white-line method consists of a single matrix in which the design is inscribed into the block, leaving the drawing in negative relief. Watercolor pigment is brushed onto the remaining areas of the block and the image is hand- printed onto paper, resulting in the white lines between the at areas of color in the printed image, and a truly inviting work of art.


Working from source material, such as photographs or scanned drawings, students use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create line drawings and prepare digital files to be incised in woodblocks using the CNC router. We use non-toxic watercolor pigments to create hand-printed variable editions. Basic Photoshop and Illustrator skills are necessary. Students who have a laptop with Photoshop and Illustrator should bring it, along with a flash drive.


Students work on individual projects as we move fluidly between demonstrations in the Fabrication Lab & Patton Print Shop. You also participate in slide presentations, personal instruction, trouble-shooting and informal group feedback.


Breanne Trammell is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. Her work has been widely exhibited and she has been an artist-in- residence at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Endless Editions and Ox-Bow School of Art. Breanne received her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently an assistant professor of fine arts at the University of Cincinnati.

*Basic Adobe Photoshop skills necessary

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