Code: R1413-21

    • II

      Level II

      Students have a basic understanding of press operation, tools common to printmaking, paper preparation and basic principles of registration.

    • III

      Level III

      Students have significant experience in the print medium that is the subject of the workshop.

Carving Away: woodcut reductions

Sep 6 - 10, 2021



Challenge yourself to the mental gymnastics and unexpected results involved in reduction woodcut. The efficiency and logic of using one woodblock for successive layers of printing color and carving of details allow for a journey that is both meticulously planned and spontaneous at the same time. This workshop keeps the process alive with possibilities and innovations that subvert and reinvent the color reduction woodblock. The approach offers contemporary, creative methods that inspire boldness, simplicity and strong, artistic intention.


Reduction woodcut printmaking with demonstrations and discussions of cutting, oil- and water-based inks, printing woodblocks with an etching press as well as by hand

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Karen Kunc

Karen Kunc is a professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has received Fulbright awards to Finland and Bangladesh, and has taught and lectured worldwide. Collections include Beach Museum, Huntington Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, MOMA and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Karen is the owner of Constellation Studios.

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Karen Kunc, Fury and Flow - detail

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Discover the exciting possibilities of this historically rooted medium. Our Printmaking program fosters a supportive studio atmosphere where artists of all levels have the freedom to experiment and learn new techniques. Summer printmaking workshops, taught by accomplished artists and educators, offer a fresh take on the medium, mixing traditional processes with experimental attitudes.

Anderson Ranch’s Patton Printmaking Studio is clean, spacious, and outfitted with a variety of presses and equipment to accommodate screen printing, relief, intaglio, monoprinting, bookmaking, mokuhanga and lithography. Students have access to individual work tables, wall space, palettes, rags, hand tools, power tools, computers with Adobe software, wi-fi, printing, scanning, and projection capabilities.

At Anderson Ranch, the process of printmaking honors tradition, innovation, community and collaboration. We invite you to explore, experiment and expand your visual expression in this captivating environment.

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount* in summer one- or two-week adult workshops for SGC International members. Please register online and then email with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register. *Please note that the SGC discount cannot be combined with any other discount, scholarship or special offer. 

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Workshop Details

Supply List

Many of the items you'll need are available in the ArtWorks Store. Please click "View Full Supply List" to see a comprehensive list of items you'll need for this workshop.

X-Acto knife and blades


2 - 3 rollers, soft rubber Speedball, variety of sizes 1" to 4"

do not get ones with wooden inner core


Mulberry paper

4 – 6 sheets of Japanese rice papers, natural color or white, many kinds are possible. Recommended: Mulberry


Kitakata paper

4 – 6 sheets of Japanese rice papers, natural color or white, many kinds are possible. Recommended: Mulberry


Okaware Student Grade paper

4 – 6 sheets of Japanese rice papers, natural color or white, many kinds are possible. Recommended: Mulberry


Palette knives


Masking tape






Lodging & Meals

Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations. There is no housing or meals available for Fall Studio Sessions Studio Practice programs.

We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.

The Ranch Café meal plan that is included with Room and Board fees strives to provide healthy, creative meals that will nourish your artistic creativity. The meal plan includes 5 days of continental breakfasts that will include a hot offering, 5 lunches with a selection of offerings, and 5 dinners.


Health & Safety

Beginning February 2023, Anderson Ranch will no longer require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for studio and artistic program participants. For your own safety as well as the safety of our community, we highly encourage all program participants to be up to date with their vaccinations for COVID-19 as well as the flu vaccine. We also encourage you to carry health and traveler’s insurance.

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Scholarships, College Credit & Discounts

Making Art Accessible

Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, either through endowed funds or special gifts.

Many colleges and universities offer college credit for workshops taken at Anderson Ranch. Discounts are available for students and teachers.

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