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Woodcuts: Scaling Up from Small to Large – Tate Klacsmann
July 31 - August 4| $750
July 31-August 4
Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $45
Class limit: 6
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The goal of this workshop is to learn to scale up a small woodblock to create a larger version, without the fear of making irrevocable mistakes. We’ll create a small relief print and use it as a template for carving a larger woodblock.
After carving and printing a small linocut, we will use a photocopier to blow up the small image onto polyester lithography plate. This polyester plate will be transferred onto a woodblock to guide our carving. Depending on the intricacy of each participant’s image, the larger woodblock may be completed and printed in class.
Woodcarving is technique historically valued for its capacity for intricate detail, directness, freshness of line, and the ability to print large editions.
I developed this particular technique for my own practice. It has the advantage of providing practice for the carver and multiple stages at which to check and refine an image before committing to carving it on a larger scale.
In addition to process, we will cover care and sharpening techniques for a variety of linocut/wood cutting tools and their safe use. We will discuss surfaces for relief carving and work with both soft rubber and MDF. As we print the small relief print, Tate will go over ink, paper, and printing choices. Tate will also demonstrate and discuss the creation and printing of polyester lithography plates. This course is appropriate for beginners and those with some experience.
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Tate came to WSW and made fabulous woodcuts using an innovative technique we were not familiar with. We invited Tate to share this process with WSW participants. The highly detailed woodblocks highlight a sense of unease about discovering beautiful life forms in unsettling places.
Tate Klacsmann remains steadfast in the belief that the traditional arts are not really dead. He makes mixed media collages that uphold his faith in beauty and precision over efficiency.
He completed a certificate in Green Printmaking at Zea Mays Printmaking, an MFA at Johnson State College, Masters of Art History at the University of Glasgow and Christie’s Education, and a BA at Yale University.
He received the 2014 Medal of Honor in Mixed Media and Walinska Memorial Award from the National Association of Women Artists, and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Outwin. His work is included in the flat files and archives of Zea Mays Printmaking. He has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and the Women’s Studio Workshop.