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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. Meet Melissa virtually in her beautiful home studio for this interactive class, as you learn to make linoleum block prints in the comfort of your own home. During class 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. 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?

The focus will be to help students gain experience using carving tools, and learn how to use them, and will practice mark-making, inking, and using print mark guides. There will be plenty of time to 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 prepare one or two sketches or photos to use as the basis for their prints.

At the beginning of each class, Melissa will offer demos, share videos and slides. Then students will have time to work on prints, with access to Melissa for questions and guidance. At the end of class we’ll come back together to share the work we’ve completed, get answers to questions, and compare notes on successes, challenges, and everything in between!

Click here to view the Class Letter, which contains important information about the supplies and materials required for this class.


Class Details

3 Sessions
Weekly - Mon, Wed, Fri

Off Campus

Melissa West 



Please read:  For important information about supplies and ingredients please review the Class Letter for Print Noir.

This class is live instruction in the virtual classroom. You will receive a link to join the live session in your confirmation email, following registration.

First time attending a virtual classroom class?
  • No Zoom account necessary! You’ll be receiving a password-encrypted link to enter your class, which will prompt you to download the Zoom software or join directly from your favorite web browser. Just one click, and you’ll be taken straight to your virtual classroom, no extra log-in required.
  • Want some tips and support? Check out the Zoom “Getting Started” page for technical support.
  • Check in early! Your instructor will “open” the classroom 15 minutes prior to the start time of the class. Students are encouraged to join early, so class can begin on time.
  • Join with your name. All students must be admitted by the instructor, who will be comparing against the class roster. Please enter the name you used at registration to join the Zoom meeting; you may use just your first name and last initial, if you would prefer. Note that if you are logged in to the Zoom software on your computer, your name cannot be changed until you are admitted to the classroom - try logging out if you’re having trouble.
  • Turn on your camera! If you have a webcam, we recommend turning it on so that your teacher and fellow students can see you, and you can see them. Nonverbal feedback is so important to human connection, and makes the virtual classroom feel more like the brick and mortar one. The camera button is the the bottom left corner of Zoom.
  • Consider your background. If possible, try to keep a neutral space behind you, like a wall or curtain. If you don’t have one available, try out the Virtual Background option to keep your personal space, personal.
  • Mute and Unmute! We’re all navigating the realities of sheltering in place, and your environment may be noisy. It’s good practice to mute your microphone while you’re not speaking - just don’t forget to unmute when you’d like to speak! You can find the mute/unmute button in the bottom left corner of Zoom.
  • Need to get your teacher’s attention? Use the nonverbal feedback tools to raise your hand! Click on “Participants” on the bottom bar of Zoom to find the “Raise Hand” button.
  • Chat and ask questions. Click on “Chat” on the bottom bar of Zoom to open the chat window. You can type a question into the chat window to get answered later, discuss with your fellow students, or respond to your instructor.
  • Don’t forget to log out! Once class is over, be sure to close out of the meeting platform entirely by clicking the “Leave Meeting” button.
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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/13/2020 - 7/17/2020 Weekly - Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Off Campus, Off Campus  Map, Room: Zoom Virtual Classroom Melissa West