Are you interested in learning relief printmaking? We can teach you how to carve a woodcut at home. Then, you can join BIG INK for a professionally led woodblock printing experience at one of the locations below. Beginners are welcome!

Woodblock Printmaking Teacher
Hello There!

My name is Lyell Castonguay, and I’ll be your instructor. I started carving woodblocks while obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. I live in Maine, and my newest work examines the lives of animals through the lens of an illustrator and visual storyteller. My pet doves and finches inspire me to continue making nature-themed woodblock prints.

If you have questions about woodblock printmaking, please don’t hesitate to reach out via the contact form below. I am excited to hear from you.

    private workshops

    Hire BIG INK for a private, multi-day group workshop. Our service includes travel to your location and set-up of The Big Tuna, our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Does your group have limited woodblock carving experience? That is okay. Workshop participants will follow our instructions through the process.

    Can I book a private workshop with no printmaking experience?

    No prior experience is required. Participants learn the woodblock printmaking process through online and in-person instruction.

    How much of an advanced notice is recommended for booking a workshop?

    Eight months

    Will my information be kept private?

    Yes, we use the information from your application solely to evaluate your request.

    How much does a private workshop cost?

    Our rate is $5,200 for a two-day workshop within 300 miles of our Livermore Falls, Maine home. Our travel fee is 50¢ per mile past 300.

    What is the workshop payment schedule?

    A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold the workshop dates. The remaining balance is due the day services are rendered.

    When is the workshop officially scheduled?

    Once we receive the deposit and a signed agreement.

    Are there any other additional expenses?

    One room (three-night lodging) is required for workshops more than an hour’s drive from our home.

    How long does a workshop run?

    Two days, usually 10 am – 5 pm

    How many can participate?

    Sixteen, eight each day.

    Can participants collaborate on one woodblock?

    Yes, group collaboration on a woodblock counts as 1 participant.

    How big can workshop participants work?

    Woodblocks can be no larger than 40 by 96-inches in dimension. We recommend 24 by 36 inches if this is a student’s first time carving.

    Who pays for materials?

    BIG INK supplies printing ink and acid-free printing paper. You can supply participants with a carving substrate and tools or require participants to purchase them separately.

    What carving substrates and tools are recommended?

    BIG INK recommends carving Cherry Plywood, Shina Plywood, Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), and Power Grip brand carving tools. The wood must be either 3/8″ or 1/2″ in thickness. Our online course goes into greater detail on the subject.

    Can a workshop be held outdoors?

    No

    What is provided for the workshop?

    BIG INK provides non-toxic cleaning supplies, work tables, inking rollers, a hanging paper system, and a printing press.

    What are the space requirements?

    The workshop space needs to be handicap accessible, have 26 inches of minimum doorway clearance, 26 by 65 inches of minimum elevator clearance, a minimum of 500 square feet, a loading zone, and one reserved parking space.

    When do set-up and breakdown occur?

    BIG INK arrives the day before the workshop to set up, and we break down on the evening of the last day of the workshop.

    How does BIG INK transport equipment?

    We travel in a Ford Transit cargo van. A loading zone and reserved parking space are required.

    Who do I contact to schedule a workshop?

    Questions may be directed to Lyell Castonguay, contact@bigink.org.

    Special Thanks To Our Education Partners!