Session II: Innovations in Color Woodcut Printing

Karen Kunc     June 12-16, 2017

This intensive, exciting workshop will awaken the possibilities of the woodcut printing process for the intermediate and advanced print-maker. This approach is not technically tradition-bound…but inventive, with contemporary, creative methods, that can be spontaneous, simple and direct. This expressive medium will be introduced and explored through demonstrations and discussions of cutting techniques, oil-based ink and water-based ink, and printing by hand as well as using the press. Participants will go from designing their images and cutting blocks, to printing several projects using a variety of methods and individual discoveries. Concepts for invention and good fun will be directed in a collaborative atmosphere, while being inspired by master printmaker Karen Kunc, who opens the creative process with insightful mentoring. Previous woodcut experience is required.

Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of ‘strange beauty’. Kunc is the Willa Cather Professor of Art in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Art, Art History & Design. Her awards include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two National Endowment for the Arts awards, the 2007 SGCI Printmaker Emeritus Award, & a Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Master Award. She has exhibited her color woodcut prints and artist books extensively nationally and internationally.


Persian Flower, 2014


Windward Axis, 2016


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