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Carve and Create: Woodcut Printmaking

May 26 - 31, 2024

Rachael Griffin  · rachael-griffin.com

Workshop at a glance

Students will hand carve wood and use a printmaking press to transform it into an edition of prints.


  • Tearing down paper
  • Carving wood
  • Mixing oil-based printmaking inks
  • Printing with a printmaking press
  • Signing editions of prints


  • Shina plywood
  • Mulberry paper
  • Oil-based printmaking ink


  • An edition of 8+ woodcut prints with 3+ layers of ink
  • Knowledge of how to continue this process at home using hand printing techniques

Artist Bio

Rachael Griffin is a printmaker and painter based in Madison, WI, where she is an Administrative Manager at Tandem Press and teaches at Madison College. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison following her BFA from Ohio University. After her studies, she was an Artist in Residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, and has since then become an active member of Vox Populi Print Collective and the Monotype Guild of New England. Griffin exhibits her work in solo and group shows locally, nationally, and internationally with recent exhibitions spanning from The Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, Wisconsin to Spazio S.V. in Venice, Italy. Her work has been acquired for private and public collections including the Zuckerman Museum of Art and University of Wisconsin Memorial Union.

Workshop Description

Learn to hand carve wood, ink up your woodblock, and use a printmaking press to create an edition of unique woodcuts. With this ancient technique, we will use one piece of wood to create an image of up to three layers! Go at your own pace with this versatile medium. Focus will be placed on how to continue this process at home, even if you don’t have access to a printing press after the course. This class is open to all levels and will start from the beginning with demonstrations including sketching, tearing down paper, carving wood, mixing inks, printing with a press, and signing editions.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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