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Woodcut Printmaking

Basic Woodcut Printmaking with Paul Bonelli

BelmarWoodcutDemo34 Week Workshop-Check back for future dates

This class will cover the basics of woodcut prints. Participants will learn about the required materials and tools, how to safely and effectively use the proper tools to cut an image into the woodblock, and how to print it. The class will also demonstrate multiple block printing and other more advanced techniques for those who wish to try them.

Woodcut is an ancient process that has been employed by artists around the world for more than a thousand years. It uses minimal technology, requiring only a sturdy table, a few simple cutting and inking tools, and a wooden spoon to print the block. Despite the simplicity of the medium, resulting prints are as individual as the artist who makes them. And you can easily make many identical prints of your block, good for simultaneous exhibitions, sales, and experimenting with images. If you enjoy work with a bold graphic quality, woodcut is the medium for you.

Participants ages 14+ will be provided with cutting tools, wood, ink, brayers, and basic print paper to use during the class meetings.

A list of optional materials will be made available to those who take the class. If you are a former student in need of printing time, please contact Paul to arrange time.

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BelmarArts Members $145 / Non BelmarArts Members $170

Teens ages 14-19 can click here to apply for a scholarship for this course!


Paul Bonelli earned an MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University in 1995 and  has been working with the medium of woodcut for over 20 years.  His award winning woodcuts have been displayed in group and solo shows all over New Jersey and around the country, and are included in several important print collections.  In addition to teaching at two New Jersey colleges, the artist has done demonstrations and workshops of his woodcut process at numerous colleges and art centers.  He has been an active member of the Belmar Arts Council for the past seven years.

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