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Michael Keyes: Lively Woodcut Printmaking, en Plein Air
September 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$130
Friday, September 15 (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
COST: $130 / Maximum of 10; Minimum of 4 / All ability levels
Participants will be introduced to wood and paper types, carving tools, inks, brayers, and printing tools used in making woodcut prints. We will discuss how to store and safely transport paper, ink, tools, and equipment so that they can set up shop in an outside location temporarily, in order to make woodcut prints “en plein air” (weather-dependent). This workshop will be held indoors or under a shelter. Along the way, we will discuss sharpening and honing carving tools, the effects of hardness and porosity of wood, mixing oil-based ink to proper consistency, proper application of ink to the woodblock, hand-printing techniques to achieve desired results, and techniques to repair mistakes. We will also briefly discuss multiblock color prints, and color/reduction woodcut prints.
Participants must bring a sketch or drawing as a reference for the woodcut print to be produced! Woodblocks, ink, paper, and accessories are included in the fee and carving tools will be provided for use. Instructor will have additional woodblocks available for sale. The goal of the workshop is for participants to produce an edition of five black and white fine art woodcut prints from their sketch or drawing.
Michael Keyes is a woodcut printmaker and oil painter, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
In woodcut printmaking, he is challenged by composing black and white shapes into active, impactful images. His woodcuts relay visual stories—either a simple story of a breathtaking landscape, or a complex story of people helping people, as in food bank distributions in early days of the Covid 19 pandemic. The addition of brisk color, produced with oil-based ink, brings a special liveliness to works originally published in black and white. He belongs to Red Delicious Press printmaking coop, and several art associations in the Greater Denver, CO, area. He teaches woodcut printmaking at Art Students League of Denver. He received “Award of Merit” at Escalante Canyons Art Festival for the woodcut, “Desert Relief,” in 2022.
Visit Michael’s website to see more of his work here.