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Instructor: Lyell Castonguay

September 30 & October 1, Saturday & Sunday

Class size 16, All Levels


Registration Deadline: July 23, 2023

Click Here to Register on BIG INK’s website

This blended learning workshop will teach you how to make a woodblock print of epic proportions! First, you carve a design at home following BIG INK’s online master course. Then, you meet the BIG INK team at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT, and we print your finished carving on The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Take this opportunity to work at an ambitious scale (from 24 by 36 to 40 by 96 inches) and see your woodblock professionally printed!

No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and we encourage individuals of all skill levels.

Class access begins after you register. The earlier you sign-up, the more time you’ll have to carve. Registrants must attend one in-person printing day, either September 30 or October 1, 2023, which BIG INK assigns following the registration deadline. There are 16 slots available, and the registration deadline is July 23, 2023.

You’ll have a minimum of two months to create your carving while following an online course led by instructor Lyell Castonguay. Work at your own pace and gain a comprehensive understanding as he draws, carves, and prints a 24 by 36-inch woodblock. Course videos cover the following subjects —

✔️ Recommended materials
✔️ Simplifying photo-based designs
✔️ Image enlargement
✔️ Small image transfer
✔️ Using carving tools
✔️ Creating textures
✔️ Tool honing
✔️ Dry, wet, and press proofing
✔️ Fixing mistakes
✔️ Utilizing power tools
✔️ Making a custom display and more!

You and your fellow workshop participants will meet on an assigned day. We print three impressions per participant. Lend a helping hand by holding paper or hanging prints. It is a chance to create friendships. In addition, the printing days are open for public viewing. Invite friends and family to celebrate your artistic accomplishment!

We support an inclusive community of people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have never carved a woodblock, while others have participated multiple times.

Additional Information about the BIG INK workshops can be found on the BIG INK website, under the FAQ dropdown