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.