Woodcut: Nontoxic Printmaking without a Press

Class Description: This course will provide an introduction to woodcut printmaking. Fundamental relief techniques will introduce you to the tools and methods needed to allow you to carve and print from your own relief woodblocks. We will explore carving, inking, and printing techniques to obtain a range of textures, depth, and contrast to create strong visual statements in your artwork. We will examine the conventional and contemporary practice of these techniques to gain an understanding of how these tools can be applied in the expanded field of printmaking.

- To identify the difference between woodcut and other printmaking processes
- To carve wood blocks safely using different techniques of mark making
- To print your wood blocks by hand
- To know the reasons for choosing your blocks and papers and the outcomes to expect
- To gain an understanding of the role of woodcut printmaking in historical and contemporary contexts

Current Class Sections:
Tuesday 6:30 - 9:30 pm | March 28 - May 30
10 Weeks | Ages 18+ | $320


About the Instructor: Born and raised in New York City, Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin lives and works out of her home studio in Philadelphia. She began her arts education at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and continued at Haverford College where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts (Printmaking) and Education (2013). After teaching in museums, schools and community art centers in the Philadelphia area, Benjamin went on to receive an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2017). In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the West Bay View Foundation Fellowship at Dieu Donné Papermill in Brooklyn, New York, and a Studio Workspace Resident in papermaking at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York in 2019. She is currently the 2021 Windgate Fellow with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ two year Visual Artist Fellowship program. Benjamin utilizes paper, print, drawing and hand cutting to construct spaces through pattern, repetition and ritual. In addition to her personal practice, Benjamin is the lead organizer of Prints for Protest, a collaborative portfolio project raising funds for organizations that protect civil rights and advocate for social justice.