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Reduction woodcut mask by MCAD student Margarita Wenzel

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

I meant to blog this picture several months ago, but I’m catching up now that I’m slowly emerging from several months being too busy teaching.

In the fall I was teaching two classes at Bethel University, Introduction to Creative Arts and Two-Dimensional Design, and I was teaching Print Paper Book Techniques at MCAD.

One of my MCAD students, Margarita Wenzel, made this mask for a reduction woodcut assignment.


Student work from Peninsula School of Art workshop

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

I just finished teaching a three day workshop on Japanese woodcut at Peninsula School of Art in Door County, WI.

The students made lovely prints, and they all learned and accomplished a lot in three days!


Two blocks, and print in center by Jenny, showing Japanese rice harvest and a volcano in the background.


Color variations on Jenny’s print.


Anne’s print and blocks, a sparrow perched in a tree.


Karen’s print and blocks, a dead bird and Hopi raincloud symbols.


Karen carving.


Anne inking her woodblock.


Jenny pressing with a baren.

Thanks to Peninsula School of Art and my students for a great workshop!

Woodblock demo starts in less than one hour at MCBA!

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

I’m heading to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to demonstrate woodblock printing from noon to 1:30 this afternoon.
It’s also the first day of the Shin Jidai exhibition including work by Jane Rosemarin and me.


Accordion books from Print, Paper, Book Techniques at MCAD

Friday, February 24th, 2012

I’m excited about my students’ work on display at MCAD.

These accordion books show the results of the first two screenprinting assignments in Print, Paper, Book Techniques. For the first assignment, students printed a pattern and then used it to cover bookboards for the front and back covers of a book. For the second assignment, students developed imagery related to their covers that showed a process, narrative, or other imagery taking advantage of the way a book unfolds over time.

Images from Advanced Japanese Woodblock at MCBA

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Earlier this winter, I taught the first Advanced Japanese Woodblock class at MCBA, by request from students in previous classes. Here’s work by students in that class:

Barb Gibson

Joyce Pickle

Joyce Pickle

Sheila Asato

Beth Dorsey carving

Lisa Fratzke

Lisa Fratzke

I’m looking forward to teaching an intro-level Japanese Woodblock class again at MCBA on Mondays March 26-April 30. Also, for the first time I will travel to teach a workshop at Peninsula School of Art in Door County, Wisconsin, this August 16, 17, and 18.

Normandale students make paper at MCBA

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Yesterday I did the last teaching I have scheduled until this summer. I’m a little sad, but now I will focus on the apple tree print, along with prep for my summer classes, and of course, prep for the birth.

A mixed media class from Normandale came to MCBA and I taught them papermaking and pulp painting. It was a fun day and a great group of students. They might use their handmade paper along with some other techniques such as batik and felting in their next couple of assignments.

Pulp painting of a dragonfly by a Normandale student.

Another pulp painting by a Normandale student.

Rag Paper at MCBA

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

This window full of colorful sheets of paper is from my Rag Paper class at MCBA. We used blue jeans, white and orange t-shirts, pink linen, and a jute coffee bag. Students brought a playful and experimental attitude to class.

This detail shows a sheet of paper made from the pink linen with some of the coffee bag fibers mixed in for texture. These sheets dried on the window will have one very smooth side. We also used several other drying methods producing different textures: restraint, spur, and air drying. I look forward to teaching this class again next year!

Proud of my woodblock students at MCBA

Monday, March 1st, 2010

On the sixth and last session of our woodblock class at MCBA, many students felt like they were just starting to get the hang of printing their woodblocks, and wished that we had one or two more sessions. Looking at their prints, I was proud of how far they had come in six weeks. If they want to, they now have a solid foundation to continue experimenting on their own.

This student, a painter, was interested in using woodblock to try different color variations.

This student used imagery from her sketchbook, varying the background color.

An action image of a student preparing to print a black layer on top of a gradated background.

This student used a single block to print both the red and yellow signs.

This student focused on the detailed carving of the black outline (key block).

This student played up the contrast between the carved details of the thorns and the soft gradations of the sky.

In the Loop at MCAD

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Participants print from my woodblocks. I'm the one wearing the striped shirt and gesturing.

Last week I did a one-night demonstration in Japanese woodblock printing at MCAD. Whenever I bring my blocks for others to print, it helps me to see my old images in a new way. Some people combined things I had never thought to combine before, making me think I should give my own old blocks a second look and see if I can create new imagery by recombining them.

MCAD’s flickr site has a set of photos from In the Loop events. The events are designed to give a behind-the-scenes experience of MCAD. Mine was the second event in this series.

Japanese Woodblock workshop at MCBA

Friday, February 19th, 2010

This is an invigorating week for teaching for me. In addition to my Japanese Woodblock workshop at MCBA, I also did a one-night woodblock workshop at MCAD last night, and am looking forward to Rag Paper at MCBA tomorrow.

The participants in the MCBA workshop are busily working on their multiple color prints. Here are some images of their work in progress:

Carving a block.

Inking a block.

A test print.

A test print with block.

Another test print with block.