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Exploration in Relief Printmaking

Instructor: Francine Affourtit
Monday, February 4 through Thursday, February 7
Monday-Thursday, 4-day workshop, 10am-4pm
Class size 5-8, All Levels
$450 members, $500 non-members

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Allowing for a delicate balance of chance and control, this workshop will focus on using various processes of relief printmaking as a tool for creating distinctive mark-making, complex textures, and vivid layers of imagery and color. This workshop will address wood carving techniques, planning and mixing ink for multilayered prints, and opportunities to incorporate gesture and hand-drawn elements into the matrix.Suitable for all levels, individual attention from the instructor will allow each participant to maximize their potential based on their current level of expertise as well as individual goals and artistic practice

FRANCINE K. AFFOURTIT is a Philadelphia based artist, educator and arts organizer. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Tyler School of Art as a Temple University Fellow.  

Francine’s studio work concentrates on re-thinking the applications of printmaking to create sculptural installations and unique constructions from woodcuts. Francine’s activities outside the studio are fueled by a desire to build relationships with artists, communities and the public as a means of collaborative creation and transformative discourse.  

Recent projects include Eye of the Beholder in collaboration with Biennale Urbana in Venice, Italy and Traveling Suitcase Installation Project that embarked on a six-city exhibition tour, including exhibitions at GENERATORprojects in Dundee, Werkstadt in Berlin, and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. Francine’s work has also been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the International Print Center of New York, Castello 925 in Venice, Flatbed Press in Austin, and Temple Gallery in Rome. Francine is a 2017 recipient of the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. She currently teaches at Tyler School of Art. 

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Image: Francine Affourtit, Instillation view from the Traveling Suitcase, 2015, Woodcut on Masa

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I will be bringing 10 ¾” x 10 ¾” x 3/8” Baltic Birch Cabinet Grade (void-less) ply-wood blocks for purchase. The cost is $10 per block. These blocks will be a good size to test the different techniques, while allowing the image to shift in four directions. You can also create larger prints with a set of these blocks. If there are blocks of wood with interesting grain patterns or other attributes you would like to incorporate in your prints, certainly bring them to class. Even if the wood is not easy to carve, the block can be used for color and pattern. 

Wood carving tools:  

Beginner: If you are new to woodcut printmaking and want an inexpensive introductory set of carving tools, a Niji set will last through the workshop, however better carving tools will make the carving easier and more fluid. 

Quality tools: I suggest any set or combination of tools from McClain’s and/or a Flex-cut palm handled carving tool set (particularly if you want to carve larger blocks.) 

*Note: I do not suggest that you purchase a set of midrange wood carving tools (any set between the cost of the beginner and quality tools.) One or two quality tools are a much better investment. 


McClain’s: ( 

Flexcut on 

Niji on Amazon: 

  • Printmaking Paper 

I will be providing demos and examples of Woodblock Monoprints on various papers that will be available for sale at CCP. We will be investigating the qualities and differences of both Western paper and Japanese paper. Any sized printmaking paper can be used. I tend toward any paper in the Rives family, and the following Japanese papers: Masa and Kitakata. 

Additional materials to bring: 

  • 4. A variety of water-soluble colored pencils, oil pastels, chalk pastels, and conté crayons 
  • X-acto knife, Pencil, eraser, sketch paper, transfer paper (optional) 
  • Variety of palate knifes (several will also be available at CCP.) 
  • Papertowels 

 If you have any questions about the materials list or any other aspect of the course, please do not hesitate to contact me: I look forward to working with you! 

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