Relief Printing: scratching the surface & diving deeper – R0101-18

Date: Jun 04 - 08, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Amber Heaton

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


Add true depth to your printmaking in this exciting introductory exploration of relief printing. Relief techniques offer an amazingly wide range of texture building, mark making and compositional strategies that can build both simple and complex images. Carve images and build layers to create intensity and richness with multiple blocks, reduction cutting and color layering. Students gain valuable experience while experimenting with a variety of carving materials that produce different visual effects. We discover and practice several inking techniques that can add complexity and nuances to images, resulting in multifaceted and dynamic relief prints.

Media & Techniques:

Students learn the basics of relief carving and printing blocks on an etching press. We explore a variety of materials to use as matrices, including sintra, linoleum and wood. Multi-plate registration, reduction carving and inking techniques are also covered.


Through a combination of hands-on demonstrations, work time in the studio with the instructor, and individual practice with techniques, students gain skills and develop projects. Each new project builds on previous techniques and adds more complexity. Group feedback and discussion help to inform the development of new ideas.


Amber Heaton received her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. She participated in the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum of Art, and is currently a Scholar for Advanced Studies at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. Amber was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in South Korea.

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