Code: R1413-23

    • 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 4 - 8, 2023



The course challenges students with mental gymnastics and unexpected results that are part of the reduction woodcut process. The efficiency and logic of using one woodblock for successive layers of color and detail allow for an exciting journey of both spontaneity and planning. This workshop keeps the process alive with possibilities and innovations that subvert and reinvent the color reduction woodblock. Our approach is not technically tradition-bound but offers contemporary, creative methods that inspire boldness, simplicity, and strong artistic intention.


Reduction woodcut printmaking, cutting, oil and water-based ink, printing woodblocks with an etching press and by hand

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Karen Kunc

Karen Kunc steers Constellation Studios as a worksite for printmaking, papermaking, and book arts in Lincoln, NE. She is professor emerita of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received Fulbright awards to Finland and Bangladesh, has taught and lectured worldwide, and is in the collections of the Beach Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, MOMA, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Karen Kunc, Gatherings 2

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Thank you for your interest in the waitlist. When space in a workshop or program becomes available, registration will open on the website. Everyone on the waitlist will be emailed to alert them of the opening. This ensures that everyone has an equal opportunity to register for the workshop or program.


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 [email protected] 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

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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.

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. 

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.


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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