Playful Intro to Woodcut and Color Reduction


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With Julie Lapping Rivera
2 days: Tuesday, Wednesday
July 16th and 17th
10 - 4 PM
Cost: $300 + $45 materials fee

Carving an image out of a block of wood can feel magical - like you are Michelangelo carving away the marble to reveal David! This two day workshop will introduce you to the tools and techniques of woodcut carving, printing, registration and color reduction.
When you make a color reduction print, you work with one block, and carve away successive layers, starting by carving away everything that will remain white, or the color of the paper. You then ink with your lightest color. Next, you carve away everything that will remain that first color, and over print with the next color, and so on.
Often artists do a lot of pre-planning to make a color reduction. We will approach this process without clearly preconceived ideas, so that we can enjoy learning about tools, mark making, and building a color image from light to dark more experimentally.

Julie Lapping Rivera is a printmaker and collage artist, currently teaching woodcut at Smith College and at Zea Mays Printmaking. She began her career as a teaching artist in NYC with the Studio In a School Association, Museum of Modern Art, and Lincoln Center Institute. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient in Drawing and has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2022 Julie was awarded a guest artist residency fellowship to Scoula Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy. representing the Boston Printmakers. In April, 2024, her woodcut and poetr series “Look Again: Portraits of Daring Women'' will open at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA.

Each session will be limited to 6 participants