Woodcut Printmaking

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Woodcut is a type of printmaking process. The art of printmaking involves the creation of a "master" printing block, from which multiple prints can then be made. The creation of a woodcut block is a very satisfying and tactile process, where hand tools are used to carve out the image that will be printed.

woodcut printmaking student carves a woodblock at MakeHaven in New Haven, CT.

In this introductory workshop, students will learn how to:

  • use the carving tools
  • prepare an image for carving
  • execute some basic carving techniques
  • print your block by hand
  • print multiple colors (registration)
  • print cards or stationary
During this 3-hour class, you will develop a one or two color design on tracing paper, and transfer the designs to two woodblocks. Printing is done by hand, using water-based ink, white cards and a Japanese tool called a baren. Registration (which is lining up the separate colors) will be demonstrated. 

A woodcut printmaking student displays a finished print created using a woodblock made at MakeHaven in New Haven, CT.

You will take home multiple prints, your block, and a resource guide with instructions and a shopping list so that you can continue to practice on your own.

Themes, images, and ideas are open-ended and entirely up to you, but have some sketches or images in mind before the class! Available block sizes are: 4" x 4", 4" x 6", and 6" x 6"

This class is led by Michael Angelis.


When capacity of event is full you may join the Waiting List. For online events a link to join the session will be automatically emailed after registration.