Multi-block Color Relief Printmaking
Session Two - June 9-15, 2019
In this class participants will draw, carve, and print color woodblocks from start to finish. Source material may be brought or decided upon in class. We will cover all the basics using small blocks in the first half of the course, and then begin to complete some more ambitious pieces throughout the remaining time. Participants will be given 3/8” shina plywood to make their woodcuts. We will discuss drawing composition and inking styles, carving techniques, detail work, printing, registration, and transferring images between blocks.
Paul Roden was born in Nashville and attended school throughout the Midwest, obtaining a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. He has lived in Pittsburgh making prints since 2006.
Exploring representational styles, Paul Roden uses traditional methods to capture contemporary scenes.
He is currently finding meaning in landscapes stylized through the process of woodcut. “I believe in the necessity of art, and also the responsibility of the artist not just to be new and different and exciting, but also to reflect and represent the people and their times,” Roden says.
Website: Paul Roden
Drawing supplies: Students are encouraged to bring tools they are comfortable with as well as tools they would like to experiment with.
- Micron Pens
- Dick Blick Micron set of six various sizes black
- Tombow color markers (great for color planning in transparent layers) Dick Blick Tombow Primary set If you don't want to bring the tombow markers, please bring another way of layering colors for planning such as colored pencils or crayons. Nothing that creates dust.
- Big red markers for staining blocks prior to cutting
Printmaking Tools: Students are encouraged to bring their own printmaking tools (barren, brayer, wood carving tools) if you have them.