Thursdays from February 7 to 28, 2019, from 6pm to 9pm
Instructor: Richard Tetrault
Level: beginner to advanced
Materials are provided
There are several different approaches to making color relief prints. The essence can be learned in four evening workshops. This course is suitable for both beginners and experienced printmakers. We will start with a black and white key block. Then, using a different woodblock registered underneath, a two-color print will be created. Students will gain a good understanding of the process, the basic materials used, and the various techniques in carving their woodblocks. This includes learning how to transfer images to the block, and the basics of tool sharpening, cutting blocks, registering, and mixing colors. We will explore both hand printing as well as press printing on different papers in the course. By the end of four sessions, all will have several color woodblocks to take home. Students are asked to bring a couple of sketches that can be translated into a graphic woodprint image. Carving tools, print papers and inks are supplied.
Richard Tetrault is a Vancouver-based painter, printmaker and muralist. His studio work focuses on the shifting dynamics and transient nature of the contemporary urban landscape. Tetrault has exhibited his woodcuts and paintings in more than 70 exhibitions across Canada and internationally, and he is represented in numerous public and private collections. He has taught relief print classes with Malaspina Print Workshop for ten years. His work has appeared in numerous literary publications, theatre productions, graphics, posters and contemporary dance.