Explore the art of relief printing in both black and white as well as color while experimenting with different materials and tools to make painterly or graphic woodcuts. Design, drawing, and color are stressed throughout this workshop while giving attention to students’ personal aesthetic direction. Freedom and process is emphasized as students work their way through various cutting and drawing tools as well as registering and printing techniques. Significant historical and modern applications of relief printing will are addressed via a presentation and prints from the Anderson Ranch print collection. This is a studio course with emphasis on experimentation.
Media & Techniques:
We use woodcarving tools to create one-color and multiple-color relief prints as well as a color reduction woodcut using the same matrix but multiple impressions, employing transferring techniques as well as design and mark-making methods in wood or linoleum. Students gain understanding of Eastern and Western papers, registration methods and dry chine colle techniques.
This workshop introduces relief printing through technical demonstrations. The rest of class time is spent working independently on projects with assistance from the instructor. Studio time is balanced with a slide presentation on historical and contemporary woodcuts and readings putting this medium in a historical context.
Aurora De Armendi received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Exhibitions include JCAL (Queens), MDCC Museum at the Freedom Tower (Miami), the International Print Center (New York) and in venues abroad. Aurora teaches at Parsons The New School for Design. She is a fine art printer at Two Palms. www.auroradearmendi.com