Please read through our FAQs and fill out the form below to start a conversation.

Yes, no prior printmaking experience is necessary. Participants learn the woodblock printmaking process through a combination of online and in-person instruction.

Eight months of lead time is recommended on new bookings.

All information provided to BIG INK will be held in strict confidence. We use the information from your application solely to evaluate your request.

Our rate is $4,800 for a two-day event within 500 miles of our studio in Livermore Falls, ME 04254. Our travel rate is 50¢ per mile past 500. We recommend sharing the booking cost with neighboring schools or arts organizations if $4,800 is prohibitive for your organization.

No, we require lodgings for events more than an hour’s drive from our studio. We can discuss options at time of booking


We recommend cutting a large woodblock into segments. The pieces can be reassembled on the press after being carved individually by each student. One segmented image can be printed per day.

Participation highlights include access to our online master class for one year, hands-on instruction during the event, and three prints from each participant’s woodblock.

Woodblocks can be no larger than 40 by 96 inches in dimension. We highly recommend artists work either 24 by 36 or 24 by 48 inches if they are new to the carving process.

Participants bring a fully carved, ready to print woodblock, and we bring the rest. It’s that simple. All other consumable materials, including ink and paper, are provided.

Participants purchase their own 1/2 or 3/8 inch carving substrate. BIG INK recommends Cherry Plywood, Shina Plywood, or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). Participants also purchase their own carving tools. We recommend the Power Grip brand. Our master class goes into greater detail and includes product purchase links.


We require a minimum of 500 square feet for our setup plus additional space for observation if the event is open to the public. Our setup can adapt and spread out if your space is larger.

We supply all necessary items including non-toxic cleaning supplies, work tables, inking surfaces, inking rollers, a paper hanging system, and printing press equipment. A place to sit down and take a break is always appreciated.

Events normally run for seven hours, between 10 am and 5 pm, for two consecutive days. Hours can be adjusted to align with other events including parent visiting days, arts festivals, or school open houses.

We arrive one day before the event to set-up and breakdown during the evening of the second day. Allow for at least two hours to complete both tasks.

We travel in a standard height Ford E-150 cargo van. A loading zone and reserved parking space are required.

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

We prefer checks made out to BIG INK LLC. A 3% additional processing fee applies to all credit card transactions.

Yes, we will present you with a formal agreement to sign.

Participants and/or a group of core volunteers need to be present throughout the event.

Please send inquiries to Lyell Castonguay, contact@bigink.org.


We will follow up within 2 business days after this form is submitted.