Woodcut is a relief print process where an image is created by cutting away the surface of a wood block; after cutting, the surface of the block is rolled with ink, which is then transferred to paper, either by hand rubbing or by running the block and paper through a press.
Different from drawing, painting, or other printmaking methods, in relief printing it is the areas of the block where the artist does not make a mark - the untouched surfaces of the plate - that will be printed and form an image. It is a process that has been used by master artists from the Renaissance to the present, perhaps most relevant to Saskatoon by Pablo Picasso; the Remai Modern has acquired the world's largest collection of Picasso's relief prints.
Over the course of this six-week workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make both single colour and reductive woodcuts; reductive woodcuts are a technique where a block is printed in multiple colours, with further areas of the block cut away between each colour to form a layered and colourful image.
Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, March 14th to April 15th.
Instructor: Jacob Semko, MFA, Sessional Instructor in Printmaking, University of Saskatchewan
Cost: $200 + GST and service fees (includes materials)