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Alternative Relief Printing

June 16 - 21, 2024

Matthew Willie Garcia  · Matthewwilliegarcia.com

Workshop at a glance

In this workshop, students will work with chipboards to create low relief plates by cutting and peeling layers from the material using an X-acto knife — no expensive carving tools are needed. Since the material is affordable, students can take risks, explore different styles, create multiple plates in a relatively short amount of time, play with colors, layer different plates on top of each other, and even collaborate with other students in the workshop.


  • Cutting out elaborate designs using X-acto knife
  • Successfully layering two or more plates when printing
  • Printing with colors using a hand operated printing press
  • Create eye-catching split-fountain (blend, gradient)


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Students will learn an affordable way of creating low relief plates and how to print them with multiple layers



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Matthew Willie Garcia is a printmaker whose work moves far beyond the traditional print media, which includes screen printing, mokuhanga, projection-mapping, animation, and large-scale installation. Driven by a passion for both science and science fiction, Garcia explores his queer identity and the mysteries that lie within the vast universe. Garcia employs his knowledge of printmaking to explore these themes through color abstraction, the graphic image, and nonrepresentational forms.

Originally from California, Garcia currently resides and works in Kansas City, MO, and Lawrence, KS. He earned his B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute, followed by an M.F.A. from the University of Kansas. Garcia’s artwork has garnered regional acclaim, with notable exhibitions including his participation in “Queer Abstraction” group exhibition at the Nerman Contemporary Museum of Art, the “Star Children” exhibition at the Bradbury Art Museum, and a featured at the Des Moines Arts Center as part of the “Immersive” exhibition.

Garcia’s artistic endeavors have also reached an international audience, with his work being featured in the “Sumi-Fusion” Mokuhanga exhibition in Nara, Japan, and the 2022 On Paper exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. Currently serving as the Studio Manager at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS, Garcia continues to inspire and push the boundaries of his craft.

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