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Print Noir – Creating High Contrast Black and White Linoleum Block Prints

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Printmaking is a process of mirror images and surprise, making it the perfect medium for the playful, puzzling, and mysterious.  Over the weekend we will view examples by various printmakers, discussing styles, technique and imagery. We will explore the many ways drama and impact can be accomplished through the simple use of black and white, and the skillful use of a variety of tools and the specific marks they make. As students create their images we will discuss contrasting or subtle textures and patterns, as well as the consideration of a light source, and how they play a part in achieving a strong and compelling result. What tales do you want to tell with images?

Students will get hands on practice with carving tools, and learn how to use them, and will practice mark-making, inking, and using print mark guides. Each student will finish at least one black and white linoleum block print, and make a small edition. Students will gain skill and confidence to carve, ink, and print their own linoleum block prints at home.

Students will need to bring one or two sketches or photos to use as the basis for their prints. They should wear casual clothing that can get dirty, and bring an apron or smock.

Class Details

2 Sessions
Weekly - Sat, Sun

Aptos Main Campus

Melissa West 



Please read:  Bring one or two sketches or photos to use as the basis for your prints. Wear casual clothing that can get dirty, and bring an apron or smock. Also, don't forget your $25 materials fee, payable to the instructor in class.

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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
2/29/2020 - 3/1/2020 Weekly -Sun, Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Aptos, Aptos Main Campus  Map, Room: VAPA 2008 Melissa West