Beginning Wood Engraving with Laura Pharis

Wood Engraving
Saturdays May 20 & 27, 2017
In this hands-on 2-day workshop, students will be introduced to wood engraving, a relief printmaking process that can create delicate, fine details or bold graphic shapes, but usually in a small space.
This process is perfect for adding illustrations to artist’s books or broadsides or to create a stand-alone image.
The two-day crash course will give participants the basic skills to create a unique wood engraving.
Using these processes and their own ideas and vision, participants will create their own original prints.

The class will cover:
• techniques for transferring your drawing
• cutting the block – students will get to know the tools
• printing by hand and with a press

Beginning Wood Engraving
Schedule: Two Saturdays, May 20 & 27, 2017 (12:00 Noon to 4:30 PM)
Instructor: Laura Pharis
Skill Level: All are welcome
Location: Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Course Fee: $150 VABC members/$175 non-members* (fee includes basic tools and materials)
*UVa Education Benefit Eligible, non-degree certification class #062017 (must use nonmember price)

To be added to the registration list, contact Kevin McFadden:
Send your payment (by check made out to VFH) to:
Kevin McFadden
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629
(Please note “VABC Wood Engraving” on the remarks line, include your eMail address if this is your first class at the VABC)

For additional course information contact: Garrett Queen:

Thomas Bewick developed the wood engraving technique at the end of the 18th century and for the next 150 years, this was the prominent method for reproduction of illustrations in books, magazines, and newspapers printed on letterpresses. Today it survives as a unique art form practiced by few. (see Wikipedia article)

Event Details

Saturdays, May 20 & 27, 2017 (12:00 Noon to 4:30 PM)
Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Laura Pharis
Open to the public
$150 VABC members/$175 non-members
Registration Deadline
May 1, 2017