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Introductory Reductive Relief | Tuesdays in June

Sylvan Hamburger Introductory Reductive Relief | Tuesdays in June

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C$ 397.00 Excl. tax

Workshop: Reductive Relief - linocut and woodcut
Dates: June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 2024, from 6pm to 9pm
Location: 1555 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Instructor: Sylvan Hamburger
Level: Beginner
Materials included

  • File number: WKSP514

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This hands-on course offers participants an introduction into the history, techniques and creativity possibilities of reductive relief printing. Over four sessions, participants will learn to compose, carve, register and print colourful imagery through the reduction of either linoleum or wood. Drawing upon a decade of printmaking experience, Sylvan will share both traditional and experimental approaches to the relief printing process.

Both linoleum and woodblock are available for participants to choose from. Lino is softer, easier to carve, and has no grain. Wood is firmer, takes more force to carve, and prints with a woodgrain. 

The course will cater to the interests and needs of participants. All levels of experience are welcome.

We will focus on the following skills:

  • Introduction to printshop etiquette, materials and tools, including wood types and tool sharpening.
  • Techniques for image transfers, composition, colour, and carving.
  • Hands-on orientation to printing presses, inks and equipment.
  • Safe practices and troubleshooting tips and tricks.
  • And much more!


Sylvan Hamburger (he/him)

Languages spoken: English

Sylvan Hamburger is a visual artist working in printmaking, installation and public art. His practice often engages community collaboration, discarded objects and demolished architecture to explore notions of belonging, memory and placemaking amidst changing landscapes and cultures. He has exhibited across North America, and is the recipient of the 2018 BMO First Art Award, the BC Arts Council’s Individual Arts Award, and multiple Canada Council Explore and Create grants. Sylvan’s work is shaped by specificities of place, notably his community of East Vancouver within the unceded homelands of the the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.