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Teen Studio: Relief Printing

Relief printing is the oldest form of printmaking technique tracing back as far as the 6th century. It is a technique in which the design is carved on a block with cutting tools, which is then inked on the raised areas of the block and printed through a press or by hand.

This course will equip students to design, plan, carve and print, creating both graphic and atmospheric imagery that is unique to relief printing. Students will be guided through how to safely use cutting tools and methods of translating their images for relief printing, introducing various cutting knives for employing subtractive techniques that form line, shape, contrast and texture. In addition, students will learn to mix and modify ink, handle paper, registrations and safely operate the printing press. During the course of 8 weeks, students will work on a range of projects gradually increasing in complexity adding multi-color prints and autonomously operate the print process.

Each week will include demonstrations, studio work time and slide presentation on precedents and the history of this process. Students can bring their own source materials to plan and develop their sketches before approaching the carving stage. Artists of Reference: Edvard Munch, Käthe Kollwitz, Alex Katz, SWOON, Meredith Stern, Albrecht Dürer, Kerry James Marshall, Mamma Andersson, Paula J Wilson, Ukiyo-E, Alison Saar, Sandow Birk

Materials: Linoleum block (battleship gray), carving tools, bench hook or non slip grip, paper (BFK), ink, carbon paper, masking tape, india ink, newsprint, putty knife, sketchbook, drawing utensils

Schedule: Thursdays, 4:30pm- 6:30pm (2 hrs)
Session Dates: February 3- March 24, 2022 (8 weeks)

Ages: 12+

  • Tuition: $500
  • Location: Kala Gallery and Classroom
  • Instructor: HyeYoon Song
  • 8 Classes
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022 — March 24, 2022
  • 4:30 PM — 6:30 PM
  • Materials fee included with tuition


About the Instructor:

HyeYoon Song is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in print, painting and sculpture. Having been born in South Korea and experiences of migration to New Zealand and to the United States, her work finds its genesis in the narrative of migration and the role of Asian-diaspora chronicling the evolving perceptions of nationhood and cultural identity. Through writing, research and studio practice, her work examines the account of collective and personal nostalgia and the systems of assimilation through objectification. Compelled by the intersection of arts, education and the impact created in enacting social changes, her practice extends into designing project based curriculum integrating technical skills to equip young people to exercise their voices and power. She currently holds a position as the Protest + Print lead instructor at Girls Garage, California College of the Arts. HyeYoon obtained a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA at the California College of the Arts. ww.hyeyoonsong.com