Art Courses

Details for "Introduction to Relief Printmaking"

INSTRUCTOR: Carol McQuaid, AFCASpacer

MEDIUM:  Printmaking

LEVEL:  Beginner 

DAY:  October 1 2018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION: Federation Gallery, Vancouver

PRICING: Members $95 / Non-Members $120





Come and learn the basics of relief printmaking.  In this session, Carol McQuaid will cover the secrets of a good composition, selecting tools and materials, how to transfer your design to a plate, safe carving techniques, and how to print both in the studio and en plein air.  At the end of the workshop, students will have a completed print and all the knowledge needed to run a whole series of prints at home.  


Materials Required:

- Trace paper

- Pencil and eraser

- Black felt pen (Opus essential with two different line thickness are great for this)

- 4x6 or 5x7 unmounted linoleum plate

- One full sheet of Stonehenge or other printmaking paper

- Speedball carving tool with multiple heads*

- Brayer (roller) and a baren or a big wooden spoon*


* Speedball makes a kit with a carving tools, and an all-in-one brayer/baren is great for getting started with printmaking 

* Carol will supply the ink for the session


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Register online by clicking "Register Now" at the bottom of the screen, by phone 604-681-2744, or at the Federation Gallery, Tues - Sun, 10am - 5pm


Workshop Location
Federation Gallery  

1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 4B7

Refund & Cancellation Policy
We require full payment at the time of registration. You may withdraw until 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
We reserve the right to change or cancel any of our educational programs. If we cancel a workshop, a full refund will be given to all registrants. In the event the instructor is unavailable, either an alternate instructor with similar credentials


Artist Statement

Canadian artist Carol McQuaid loves what is involved in capturing a scene.  She works on location, carrying her watercolour sketchbook journals on her travels around Vancouver and her frequent adventures further afield.  She is a huge proponent of sketching as a way to wake up and really see the world around us. 

After experimenting with printmaking, she was torn: continue with atmospheric watercolour that she loved or switch to this exciting, bolder medium.  Instead, she decided to do some research and figure out a way to combine them both. 

"I love cities; the stories, the history, the energy.  For me, the combination of relief printmaking and watercolour is a perfect way to capture them.  The printmaking portion acts as the constructed environment, and the watercolour, the more temporary, changeable element". 

Carol is a Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, with her "Rooftops of Montmarte" linocut/watercolour winning first place in their 2015 Landscape Show.  Her work is held in public and private collections throughout North America and Europe.  She's a self-professed Artist in Residence junkie, part of the Vancouver Collective "13 Feet Off The Ground" and host of the podcast "Two Artists Walk Into a Bar".  Follow her adventures on Facebook and Instagram @carolmcquiadart 



Course Cost & Status

  • CAN$95.00
  • CAN$145.00 with Non-Member
Spots Available:
5+ spots available
Registration Open Since:
2018-06-19 00:00:00
Registration Closes:
2018-09-27 23:59:00

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