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Jigsaw Relief Workshop: Thursdays in January

Richard Tetrault Jigsaw Relief Workshop: Thursdays in January

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C$ 309.00 Excl. tax

Thursdays from January 9 to 30, 2020, from 6pm to 9pm
Instructor: Richard Tetrault
Level: Beginner
Materials are provided

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This course introduces participants to the process of jigsaw colour printing. Using basic woodcutting tools and methods, students will transfer their concept drawing to a woodblock, cutting and printing the matrix using (supplied) chisels, drawing materials, inks and papers. Jigsaw colour printing involves transferring a key block to an additional block, in this case, birch plywood. The colour areas are then determined and cut out with a jigsaw. These blocks are sometimes cut in areas to reveal the white of the paper and at other times kept as solid colour. They are inked separately then rejoined together and run through the press. Irregular blocks can also work for more unconventional compositions. Lastly, the key block is registered and printed overtop resulting in the final image.

Richard Tetrault is Vancouver-based painter, printmaking, and muralist who lives and works in the Downtown Eastside. Recent international projects include collaborations with Vancouver artists (York Mural, 'Atira's Gift' , Radius, River of Crows, Urban Weave #1 and #2, and Through the Eye of the Raven) as well as numerous projects with artists from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and other parts of Canada. He is a member of the Canada-based organization La Raza Artists. Along with his partner Esther Rausenberg, he is a founding member of the Vancouver-based Creative Cultural Collaborations Society, an organization dedicated to creative projects in a range of media. C3 projects include Big Print 2016 and 2014, SPOTA mosaic, Vancouver Murals website, Eastside Mural Projects, and Black Strathcona. Tetrault creates visual narratives within the immediate urban environment. The landscape's shifting terrain and creativity forms a collage of images and encounters that are edgy and full of a primal vitality, exposing the layers that are contained within the seemingly commonplace.