Spring 2025

Cut, Inked and Hand Pressed: Woodcut Prints

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-243


Betsey A. Garand (Section 01)


Woodcut is a dynamic form of printmaking. It has been instrumental in communication since the invention of paper in 105 C.E. and is a relief technique with a broad array of possibilities. Students will learn various methods to cut and print wood blocks, and assignments will include multiple block printing, hand-colored prints, collage, and cut paper. All prints will be handprinted using spoons, barens and the palm the hand. Assignments will be critiqued regularly, and critical analysis of prints' conceptual and technical concerns will be discussed. The study of a culturally wide range of historical and contemporary artists will provide inspiration, insight and knowledge into the visual language of woodcut. Students will be encouraged to create imagery that provides personal meaning influenced by political, individualistic, imaginative and emotional experiences. No prerequisites required.

Limited to 10 students. Spring 2025: Senior Resident Artist Garand.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to ARHA, FCAS, and FAMS majors, and art majors from the 5-College Consortium.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Artistic and studio work, oral presentations, in-class critiques including visual and verbal analysis, readings and written work.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2025