Woodcut Printmaking on the Vandercook Proofing Press (PRI2123.02)

Corinne Rhodes

Vandercook Proofing Presses were once a vital aspect of the printing industry and have been adopted widely by artists for letterpress printing and book arts. Bennington College is fortunate to possess three Vandercooks, housed in the Word and Image Lab.

Using type-high plywood blocks, oil-based and non-toxic, water-soluble inks, we will examine different approaches to mark-making: from graphic and angular to painterly and gestural. We will cover color mixing, printing in multiple-colors and producing multiples/editions.

Students will learn image preparation and transfer methods, sharpening and care of tools, wood carving methods, ink and paper preparation, hand-inking and rolling techniques, printing on the Vandercook proofing press and by hand. Additional areas of experimentation may include using stencils, layering color and a variety of monotype techniques and embossment. 

Experienced and beginning woodcutters/relief printmakers are welcome to join us.


Learning Outcomes:
Community Building - Learn to work on projects individually and with others in a shared workspace

Learn image preparation and transfer methods

Learn sharpening and care of tools

Learn wood and linoleum block carving methods

Learn ink and paper preparation

Learn color mixing

Learn how to print in multiple-colors

Learn to produce multiples/edition

Learn hand-inking and rolling techniques

Learn to print on the Vandercook proofing press and by hand

Learn to create and use hand-cut stencils

Learn basic chine-collé techniques, monotype printing techniques and embossment


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

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