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Painterly Woodblock Relief Print

Instructor: Lyell Castonguay
Friday, January 19, 2018 through Sunday, January 21, 2018
3-Day Workshop, 10am – 4pm
Class size 4-8, All Levels
$375 members, $425 non-members

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Learn to navigate the duality of spontaneous mark marking and precise wood carving while translating loose brush strokes into a woodblock print.  Castonguay will guide participants through the process of painting, carving, and printing a 12″ x 12″ image.  Students will utilize the “Matisse method” which involves using a long dowel to paint from a distance to achieve the inherent possibilities of gestural drawing. The goal of this workshop is to capture the illusion of immediacy in your woodblock print.  Each stroke will be meticulously carved in order to prepare the painted image for printing. Castonguay will teach proper tool use and maintenance as well as block preparation and print registration.

LYELL CASTONGUAY teaches relief printing at studios throughout New England.  He is also the director of BIG INK (, 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.

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Image: Lyell Castonguay, Blue & Green Brush Study, Woodblock

View the supply list
  • Notebook/ Sketchpad
  • Drawing materials
  • Printmaking paper (for purchase at CCP)
  • 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 I will tell you if they are suitable for the workshop.
  • Leather Honing Block
  • 3 Piece Asian Brush Set
  • Large Chinese Calligraphy Brush
  • Calligraphy Ink
  • Eraser, Pencil, Sharpie
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