Transforming the Landscape: Reduction Woodcut Printmaking Workshop
April 16-17, 2011
Red Barn Art Center
Goldwell Artist in Residence Jean Gumpper will lead a two day workshop exploring connections between the subject matter of landscape and natural phenomena and the physical processes of carving wood and printing layers of ink.
With reductive woodcuts ink is applied onto paper in a series of transparent and overlapping layers. Gradually these layers build up into a completed into a completed image. The process is a balance between careful planning of the print and being open to the unexpected possibilities inherent in the process. Participants will have the opportunity to work from direct observation of the natural surroundings in the Amargosa Desert to develop imagery as well as to envision how constructed and imagined environments can become visual metaphors.
Media and techniques explored:
- Paper and wood characteristics
- Carving, transferring images to blocks, color ink mixing
- Relief printing from plywood blocks and oil based inks using a press and by hand
- Relief stencils and pochoir techniques using gouache
- Registration techniques
- Discussion of unique and editioned prints
Class is open to students of all levels. Lunch provided both days.
We will likely socialize as a group on Saturday night in Beatty!
Cost: $100 for the weekend, includes all materials and lunch on both days. Please email us with any special dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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Lodging is available in nearby Beatty. Follow this link for lodging options.
Jean Gumpper earned a B.F.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1977, followed by an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently, Gumpper lives in Colorado and is a visiting associate professor in the Art Department at Colorado College, Colorado Springs. She is represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA; William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO; Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH; and Open Studio, Toronto, Canada.
In addition to numerous group exhibitions, Gumpper has held four solo shows: Jean Gumpper: New Woodcuts, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH; Landscapes of Change, Cyrus Running Gallery, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO; and Crooked Tree Art Center, Petosky, MI.
Gumpper is also the recipient of grants and fellowships such as the “Visual Artist Fellowship Award” from Colorado Council on the Arts. She has completed artist residencies at Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO, and Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY.