Feathers, Scales, and Fur: Woodblock Birds & Beasts w. Lyell Castonguay

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Feathers, Scales, and Fur: Woodblock Birds & Beasts w. Lyell Castonguay

260.00

*price includes blocks, paper, ink for workshop,
Students are required to purchase materials prior to the workshop, more info below

All skill levels!
2-Day Workshop
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm
December 8th & 9th

Create a realistic or fantastical depiction of your favorite animal using traditional western woodblock printmaking techniques.

This course is for those who appreciate the beauty of the natural world, have an active imagination, and would like to create compelling creatures!  Students can carve either an 8″ x 10″ portrait or full body representation of an animal of their choosing.  Stay true to the subject’s physical characteristics or exaggerate features to give the image a whimsical quality.

Using hand-held chisels, workshop participants will carve away sections of the woodblock to define areas of black and white in the finished print.  Castonguay will explain how textures such as feathers, scales, and fur can be simplified to lend themselves to the graphic qualities of the medium.  Castonguay will also teach proper woodblock preparation, tool use, honing, sharpening, and printing on the press.  We will also discuss printing without a press and what inks and papers work best given different printing methods.  All skill levels are welcome. 

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Limit: 6 Students
Instructor: Lyell Castonguay
This course is for those who appreciate the beauty of the natural world, have an active imagination, and would like to create compelling creatures!  Students can carve either an 8″ x 10″ portrait or full body representation of an animal of their choosing.  Stay true to the subject’s physical characteristics or exaggerate features to give the image a whimsical quality.

Using hand-held chisels, workshop participants will carve away sections of the woodblock to define areas of black and white in the finished print.  Castonguay will explain how textures such as feathers, scales, and fur can be simplified to lend themselves to the graphic qualities of the medium.  Castonguay will also teach proper woodblock preparation, tool use, honing, sharpening, and printing on the press.  We will also discuss printing without a press and what inks and papers work best given different printing methods.  All skill levels are welcome. 

*students need to purchase some materials prior to the workshop (view materials list.pdf)

 • Power Grip Five Piece Carving Set . Bring these tools with you to the first class. If you already

have carving tools please email me at lyellcastonguay@gmail.com. I will tell you if they are

suitable for the workshop.

Honing Block

 • Medium Weight Brush Pen (optional investment good for achieving flowing lines)

Ternes Burton Registration Pins & Tabs (optional investment used for registering your paper

when printing)

 • Tokyo Automach HCT-30A (optional investment good for those who

can't do prolonged periods of hand carving.)

Soft B Pencil

Medium Density Charcoal Pencil

Eraser

Fine point Sharpie