Reduction Relief

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.