Chiaroscuro, Italian for light-dark, is a great way to create bold imagery. We will create the dramatic chiaroscuro effect by carving two 8” x 8” woodblocks and overprinting them. Participants begin by transferring a drawing or photograph onto a piece of plywood, which is then carved away to make the first plate. This process is then repeated to create a second plate to create highlights and color. We will discuss what ink consistencies and printing papers work best for press or hand printing. Participants learn paper registration as he or she prints their key block over the second block, creating a striking light/dark contrast.
LYELL CASTONGUAY teaches relief printing at studios throughout New England. He is also the director of BIG INK (bigink.org), a collaborative project that encourages other artists to practice large woodcut. Castonguay received his BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2010 and resides in Easthampton, MA. Forthcoming exhibits include Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA; and Castle Agliè, Turin, Italy. Past exhibits include the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea; Fine Art Works Center, Provincetown, MA; Western New England University, Springfield, MA; Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA; and the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA. Visit Lyell at www.lyellcastonguay.com
Image: Lyell Castonguay, Maiastra, Chiaroscuro