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Julie Rivera at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica

Woodcut. The Chiaroscuro

Friday 23 September 2022
10am – 5pm

With Julie Lapping Rivera
Workshop in English and Italian

Open to all levels

The Chiaroscuro (meaning light and dark) woodcut flourished in Italy during the Renaissance, initially as a way to reproduce the works of leading masters such as Raphael and Titian.

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The process usually involves carving a linear key block, transferring that image to another block, and then carving a tonal block, replicating the look of an ink line and wash drawing. The tonal block is printed, and then the key block is printed on top. The technique has been adopted by many artists since, with lots of variation.

For artists interested in working with line and tone, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore this particular approach to color woodcut, while gaining an introduction to the multiple block process. We will explore the basics of image transfer, block preparation, carving, registration and inking in a range of tonalities. Those new to woodcut and experienced woodcut artists are welcome.

Photo polymer plates are a wonderful addition to use with other techniques such as intaglio, relief and collagraph, to make color prints.

For this course, participants will create 2 prints, one for each side of the paper, similar to the prints in the Paper Boat flotilla, on view now in the SGgallery. Once the prints have dried, we will demonstrate how to fold your prints to create a “paper boat”, and welcome to join the flotilla in the SG Gallery!

Participants are welcome to send an image for their paper boat photopolymer plate; all images must be Black and White or Grayscale JPEG images ( no color images ) and sized for A3 paper, by Monday September 1st.

Terms of Participation

• The maximum number of participants admitted is 12.
• If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the Workshop may be cancelled. In this case, the participants will receive a full refund of the participation fee.
• The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica is a School and Studio for Artists. All of our participants are expected to abide by the rules that are provided at the beginning of each workshop.
• The use of presses and working tools is strictly prohibited without the supervision of our qualified staff. The Scuola is not responsible for any injuries that may occur as a result of not following our rules.
• Lunch is not included in the cost of the Workshop

• Materials are included.

Registrations cancelled up to 20 days before the start of the Workshop will receive a refund equal to 50% of the participation fee. Thereafter, no refunds will be paid by the Scuola. Cancellations must be communicated by email to