Reduction relief printing is a method to achieve a multicolor print using one block. Students will create a drawn image using two to three different colors. Using their drawing as a guide, they will alternate between printing a color and carving to show the layer beneath.
Techniques and concepts learned during this process include:
- Use of positive and negative space
- How to use block cutting tools successfully and safely
- Using brayers to apply ink to a block
- Transferring the image onto paper by hand printing with a barren
- Color theory through color mixing
- How to build a composition through layers of images and color
- How to print colors in succession
- How to register different layers of color accurately
- How to edition a print
Reduction classes will be 3 hours in length. Students will receive one 4X6 inch Soft Kut block to carve for their print. Each student can expect 3-5 successful prints, though this can vary. Recomended for ages 14 and up.
If you are looking for more information or to schedule a class, please contact Tyler Green, Education and Community Programs Manager, at 612.871.1326 or email us.