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1-Day Workshop | Printmaking: Relief Carving with Intuitive Patterns

Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 10:00 AM

Running Time: 4 hours

*Price includes a $60 Studio Fee for all materials provided.

Class Description:

Utilizing traditional techniques of carving, we will be working with linoleum to put a contemporary twist on a classic medium of printmaking. Within this class, you will reflect on line, shape, pattern, and repetition to begin to understand layering in relief. Relief traditionally began in Japan with prints like the "Great Wave". Students will take traditional pattern elements and build on printmaking's ability to develop layers to create a series of one-of-a-kind prints. What you will learn can be carried on and done even at your own home after the one-day session is done!

What to Expect:

We will be working on small 4” x 6” pieces of linoleum and carving 2 plates that you will use to create intuitive patterns and shapes. The patterns and shapes can be anything abstract or identifiable, it just needs to consist of a repeating pattern. Utilizing the gardens and spending time in the museum, we will identify repeating patterns that each student is drawn to and develop imagery and creative relief monotypes. This will be collaborative and have the potential for a really amazing experience working with your fellow artists as your work through layering a combination of patterns and colors.

Class Cancellation Policy:

If a class or workshop needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather or teacher illness, a “make-up” day will be scheduled on a SATURDAY as the educator’s schedule allows.


All materials will be provided for students and are included in the price for this workshop.


Alanna Austin is a printmaker and multimedia artist from Boulder, Colorado. She graduated with her MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder in Printmaking and her BFA emphasizing in Printmaking, a BA in Anthropology and a minor in art history from the University of Colorado. Austin is the founder of the Western Wilds Collective that acts as a conference for artists to come together on a digital platform once every other year to discuss work and innovative techniques. Alanna Austin is also the current co-editor of the Mid America Print Council journal. Austin has shown work across the country, most recently with shows in Florida and Texas, and is featured in collections that span the US and Australia.

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