public workshops

Learn to carve a woodblock at home following our online course. Then meet a team of professional printers at a leading cultural center. Together we print your finished carving on The Big Tuna, our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Are you ready to get hands-on? See upcoming workshops below.

REGISTER BY JANUARY 30, 2023!

A.P.E. Ltd.

Northampton, Massachusetts
Saturday & Sunday
April 1 & 2, 2023
$300

Learn how to make a woodblock print of epic proportions in this blended learning workshop! First, you carve a design at home following BIG INK’s online master course. Then, you meet the BIG INK team at A.P.E. Ltd. in Northampton, MA. Together we print your finished carving on The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Take this opportunity to work at an ambitious scale (from 24 by 36 to 40 by 96 inches) and see your woodblock professionally printed!

No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and we encourage individuals of all skill levels. Online learning begins after you register and continues through March 31, 2023. Registrants must attend one in-person printing day, either April 1 or 2, 2023, which BIG INK assigns following the registration deadline. There are 16 slots available, and the registration deadline is January 30, 2023.

✔️ access to our master course
✔️ three professionally made prints
✔️ printmaking supplies sample kit courtesy of Speedball Art Products
✔️ paper sample pack courtesy of Legion

about the course

You’ll have a minimum of two months to create your carving while following an online course led by instructor Lyell Castonguay. Work at your own pace and gain a comprehensive understanding as he draws, carves, and prints a 24 by 36-inch woodblock. Course videos cover the following subjects —

✔️ Recommended materials
✔️ Simplifying photo-based designs
✔️ Image enlargement
✔️ Small image transfer
✔️ Using carving tools
✔️ Creating textures
✔️ Tool honing
✔️ Dry, wet, and press proofing
✔️ Fixing mistakes
✔️ Utilizing power tools
✔️ Making a custom display and more!

about the print day

You and your fellow workshop participants will meet on an assigned day. We print three impressions per participant. Lend a helping hand by holding paper or hanging prints. It is a chance to create friendships. In addition, the printing days are open for public viewing. Invite friends and family to celebrate your artistic accomplishment!

We support an inclusive community of people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have never carved a woodblock, while others have participated multiple times.

Lyell and Carand are smart, kind, and creative workshop leaders. I learned a ton, had fun, met great artists, and made a few gorgeous prints of my own work. Build a wider community and make some great art! If you can, you must partake in the Big Ink experience!

— Jenna Philpott, Artist


What are the highlights of participating in a BIG INK workshop?

Participation highlights include access to our online course, a printmaking supplies sample kit, a paper sample pack, and three professionally made prints.

Can I register having never carved a woodblock?

Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to register. You’ll learn the woodblock carving and printing process through a combination of online and in-person instruction.


Colleen Critcher

Can my group register for a public workshop?

A group of up to three people may register to carve a single woodblock. Please list your names in the “Order Notes” field when registering. For larger groups, please read more about our private workshops.

Will my information be kept private?

Your mailing address will be shared with our sponsors, Legion Paper and Speedball Art Products. Legion will send you a paper sample pack, and Speedball will send a printmaking supplies sample kit. Otherwise, BIG INK does not share your information with third parties.


Laurie Darby

What materials are provided in the workshop?

BIG INK supplies printing ink, acid-free printing paper, newsprint, and non-toxic cleaning supplies.

What materials do I purchase?

Workshop participants purchase their wood and carving tools separately. 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.


Aaron Miller & Deborah Rose Guterbock

How big can I work?

The maximum allowed woodblock size is 40 by 96 inches.

How big do you recommend I work?

We recommend creating a 24 by 36-inch woodblock if this is your first carving.


Kaitlynn radloff

Can I carve linoleum?

No, workshop participants are required to carve wood. Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is easy to work with and prints well.

Can I print in color?

We cannot accommodate color printing due to limited time and working space. We print using black oil-based ink on white paper.


Sarah Matthews

Are scholarships available?

We do not offer scholarships to first-time workshop participants. However, BIG INK draws randomly and awards four scholarships per event to returning participants.

A previous BIG INK participant must register to attend another public workshop to be considered. Those who receive the award are notified after the registration deadline.

Can I register for multiple workshops in a year?

Yes


Jon Kristopher Collins

What is BIG INK’s refund policy?

Workshop registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. We will offer you the choice of a refund or credit in the event BIG INK cancels a workshop.

Do I need to be present when my woodblock is printed?

Yes


Mark Wamaling

Am I required to attend both in-person printing days?

You are required to attend only one in-person printing day. You will receive an email with your assignment shortly following the registration deadline.

Can I ship my carved woodblock to the venue?

Please let us know beforehand so we can inform our hosting partner. Include a return label in the package.


Jency sekeran

How do I transport a large woodblock on an airplane or car?

We recommend cutting your wood to fit inside a drawing portfolio before carving. These sections can be pieced together on the press. Remember that each cut will create a thin white line in the finished print, so plan your design accordingly.

Who should I contact with questions?

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


Stacy Allen
REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 6, 2023!

Artspace

Raleigh, NC
Saturday & Sunday
April 8 & 9, 2023
$300

Learn how to make a woodblock print of epic proportions in this blended learning workshop! First, you carve a design at home following BIG INK’s online master course. Then, you meet the BIG INK team at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. Together we print your finished carving on The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Take this opportunity to work at an ambitious scale (from 24 by 36 to 40 by 96 inches) and see your woodblock professionally printed!

No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and we encourage individuals of all skill levels. Online learning begins after you register and continues through April 7, 2023. Registrants must attend one in-person printing day, either April 8 or 9, 2023, which BIG INK assigns following the registration deadline. There are 16 slots available, and the registration deadline is February 6, 2023.

✔️ access to our master course
✔️ three professionally made prints
✔️ printmaking supplies sample kit courtesy of Speedball Art Products
✔️ paper sample pack courtesy of Legion

about the course

You’ll have a minimum of two months to create your carving while following an online course led by instructor Lyell Castonguay. Work at your own pace and gain a comprehensive understanding as he draws, carves, and prints a 24 by 36-inch woodblock. Course videos cover the following subjects —

✔️ Recommended materials
✔️ Simplifying photo-based designs
✔️ Image enlargement
✔️ Small image transfer
✔️ Using carving tools
✔️ Creating textures
✔️ Tool honing
✔️ Dry, wet, and press proofing
✔️ Fixing mistakes
✔️ Utilizing power tools
✔️ Making a custom display and more!

about the print day

You and your fellow workshop participants will meet on an assigned day. We print three impressions per participant. Lend a helping hand by holding paper or hanging prints. It is a chance to create friendships. In addition, the printing days are open for public viewing. Invite friends and family to celebrate your artistic accomplishment!

We support an inclusive community of people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have never carved a woodblock, while others have participated multiple times.

Lyell and Carand are smart, kind, and creative workshop leaders. I learned a ton, had fun, met great artists, and made a few gorgeous prints of my work. Build a wider community and make some great art! If you can, you must partake in the Big Ink experience!

— Jenna Philpott, Artist


What are the highlights of participating in a BIG INK workshop?

Participation highlights include access to our online course, a printmaking supplies sample kit, a paper sample pack, and three professionally made prints.

Can I register having never carved a woodblock?

Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to register. You’ll learn the woodblock carving and printing process through a combination of online and in-person instruction.


Colleen Critcher

Can my group register for a public workshop?

A group of up to three people may register to carve a single woodblock. Please list your names in the “Order Notes” field when registering. For larger groups, please read more about our private workshops.

Will my information be kept private?

Your mailing address will be shared with our sponsors, Legion Paper and Speedball Art Products. Legion will send you a paper sample pack, and Speedball will send a printmaking supplies sample kit. Otherwise, BIG INK does not share your information with third parties.


Laurie Darby

What materials are provided in the workshop?

BIG INK supplies printing ink, acid-free printing paper, newsprint, and non-toxic cleaning supplies.

What materials do I purchase?

Workshop participants purchase their wood and carving tools separately. 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.


Aaron Miller & Deborah Rose Guterbock

How big can I work?

The maximum allowed woodblock size is 40 by 96 inches.

How big do you recommend I work?

We recommend creating a 24 by 36-inch woodblock if this is your first carving.


Kaitlynn radloff

Can I carve linoleum?

No, workshop participants are required to carve wood. Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is easy to work with and prints well.

Can I print in color?

We cannot accommodate color printing due to limited time and working space. We print using black oil-based ink on white paper.


Sarah Matthews

Are scholarships available?

We do not offer scholarships to first-time workshop participants. However, BIG INK draws randomly and awards four scholarships per event to returning participants.

A previous BIG INK participant must register to attend another public workshop to be considered. Those who receive the award are notified after the registration deadline.

Can I register for multiple workshops in a year?

Yes


Jon Kristopher Collins

What is BIG INK’s refund policy?

Workshop registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. We will offer you the choice of a refund or credit in the event BIG INK cancels a workshop.

Do I need to be present when my woodblock is printed?

Yes


Mark Wamaling

Am I required to attend both in-person printing days?

You are required to attend only one in-person printing day. You will receive an email with your assignment shortly following the registration deadline.

Can I ship my carved woodblock to the venue?

Please let us know beforehand so we can inform our hosting partner. Include a return label in the package.


Jency sekeran

How do I transport a large woodblock on an airplane or car?

We recommend cutting your wood to fit inside a drawing portfolio before carving. These sections can be pieced together on the press. Remember that each cut will create a thin white line in the finished print, so plan your design accordingly.

Who should I contact with questions?

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


Stacy Allen
REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 13, 2023!

Hatch Show Print

Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday & Sunday
April 15 & 16, 2023
$300

Learn how to make a woodblock print of epic proportions in this blended learning workshop! First, you carve a design at home following BIG INK’s online master course. Then, you meet the BIG INK team at Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery in Nashville, TN. Together we print your finished carving on The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Take this opportunity to work at an ambitious scale (from 24 by 36 to 40 by 96 inches) and see your woodblock professionally printed!

No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and we encourage individuals of all skill levels. Online learning begins after you register and continues through April 14, 2023. Registrants must attend one in-person printing day, either April 15 or 16, 2023, which BIG INK’s assigned following the registration deadline. There are 16 slots available, and the registration deadline is February 13, 2023.

✔️ access to our master course
✔️ three professionally made prints
✔️ printmaking supplies sample kit courtesy of Speedball Art Products
✔️ paper sample pack courtesy of Legion

about the course

You’ll have a minimum of two months to create your carving while following an online course led by instructor Lyell Castonguay. Work at your own pace and gain a comprehensive understanding as he draws, carves, and prints a 24 by 36-inch woodblock. Course videos cover the following subjects —

✔️ Recommended materials
✔️ Simplifying photo-based designs
✔️ Image enlargement
✔️ Small image transfer
✔️ Using carving tools
✔️ Creating textures
✔️ Tool honing
✔️ Dry, wet, and press proofing
✔️ Fixing mistakes
✔️ Utilizing power tools
✔️ Making a custom display and more!

about the print day

You and your fellow workshop participants will meet on an assigned day. We print three impressions per participant. Lend a helping hand by holding paper or hanging prints. It is a chance to create friendships. In addition, the printing days are open for public viewing. Invite friends and family to celebrate your artistic accomplishment!

We support an inclusive community of people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have never carved a woodblock, while others have participated multiple times.

Lyell and Carand are smart, kind, and creative workshop leaders. I learned a ton, had fun, met great artists, and made a few gorgeous prints of my work. Build a wider community and make some great art! If you can, you must partake in the Big Ink experience!

— Jenna Philpott, Artist


What are the highlights of participating in a BIG INK workshop?

Participation highlights include access to our online course, a printmaking supplies sample kit, a paper sample pack, and three professionally made prints.

Can I register having never carved a woodblock?

Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to register. You’ll learn the woodblock carving and printing process through a combination of online and in-person instruction.


Colleen Critcher

Can my group register for a public workshop?

A group of up to three people may register to carve a single woodblock. Please list your names in the “Order Notes” field when registering. For larger groups, please read more about our private workshops.

Will my information be kept private?

Your mailing address will be shared with our sponsors, Legion Paper and Speedball Art Products. Legion will send you a paper sample pack, and Speedball will send a printmaking supplies sample kit. Otherwise, BIG INK does not share your information with third parties.


Laurie Darby

What materials are provided in the workshop?

BIG INK supplies printing ink, acid-free printing paper, newsprint, and non-toxic cleaning supplies.

What materials do I purchase?

Workshop participants purchase their wood and carving tools separately. 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.


Aaron Miller & Deborah Rose Guterbock

How big can I work?

The maximum allowed woodblock size is 40 by 96 inches.

How big do you recommend I work?

We recommend creating a 24 by 36-inch woodblock if this is your first carving.


Kaitlynn radloff

Can I carve linoleum?

No, workshop participants are required to carve wood. Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is easy to work with and prints well.

Can I print in color?

We cannot accommodate color printing due to limited time and working space. We print using black oil-based ink on white paper.


Sarah Matthews

Are scholarships available?

We do not offer scholarships to first-time workshop participants. However, BIG INK draws randomly and awards four scholarships per event to returning participants.

A previous BIG INK participant must register to attend another public workshop to be considered. Those who receive the award are notified after the registration deadline.

Can I register for multiple workshops in a year?

Yes


Jon Kristopher Collins

What is BIG INK’s refund policy?

Workshop registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. We will offer you the choice of a refund or credit in the event BIG INK cancels a workshop.

Do I need to be present when my woodblock is printed?

Yes


Mark Wamaling

Am I required to attend both in-person printing days?

You are required to attend only one in-person printing day. You will receive an email with your assignment shortly following the registration deadline.

Can I ship my carved woodblock to the venue?

Please let us know beforehand so we can inform our hosting partner. Include a return label in the package.


Jency sekeran

How do I transport a large woodblock on an airplane or car?

We recommend cutting your wood to fit inside a drawing portfolio before carving. These sections can be pieced together on the press. Remember that each cut will create a thin white line in the finished print, so plan your design accordingly.

Who should I contact with questions?

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


Stacy Allen
REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 20, 2023!

Print League

Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday & Sunday
April 22 & 23, 2023
$300

Learn how to make a woodblock print of epic proportions in this blended learning workshop! First, you carve a design at home following BIG INK’s online master course. Then, you meet the BIG INK team at Print League in Kansas City, MO. Together we print your finished carving on The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Take this opportunity to work at an ambitious scale (from 24 by 36 to 40 by 96 inches) and see your woodblock professionally printed!

No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and we encourage individuals of all skill levels. Online learning begins after you register and continues through April 21, 2023. Registrants must attend one in-person printing day, either April 22 or 23, 2023, which BIG INK assigns following the registration deadline. There are 16 slots available, and the registration deadline is February 20, 2023.

✔️ access to our master course
✔️ three professionally made prints
✔️ printmaking supplies sample kit courtesy of Speedball Art Products
✔️ paper sample pack courtesy of Legion

about the course

You’ll have a minimum of two months to create your carving while following an online course led by instructor Lyell Castonguay. Work at your own pace and gain a comprehensive understanding as he draws, carves, and prints a 24 by 36-inch woodblock. Course videos cover the following subjects —

✔️ Recommended materials
✔️ Simplifying photo-based designs
✔️ Image enlargement
✔️ Small image transfer
✔️ Using carving tools
✔️ Creating textures
✔️ Tool honing
✔️ Dry, wet, and press proofing
✔️ Fixing mistakes
✔️ Utilizing power tools
✔️ Making a custom display and more!

about the print day

You and your fellow workshop participants will meet on an assigned day. We print three impressions per participant. Lend a helping hand by holding paper or hanging prints. It is a chance to create friendships. In addition, the printing days are open for public viewing. Invite friends and family to celebrate your artistic accomplishment!

We support an inclusive community of people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have never carved a woodblock, while others have participated multiple times.

Lyell and Carand are smart, kind, and creative workshop leaders. I learned a ton, had fun, met great artists, and made a few gorgeous prints of my work. Build a wider community and make some great art! If you can, you must partake in the Big Ink experience!

— Jenna Philpott, Artist


What are the highlights of participating in a BIG INK workshop?

Participation highlights include access to our online course, a printmaking supplies sample kit, a paper sample pack, and three professionally made prints.

Can I register having never carved a woodblock?

Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to register. You’ll learn the woodblock carving and printing process through a combination of online and in-person instruction.


Colleen Critcher

Can my group register for a public workshop?

A group of up to three people may register to carve a single woodblock. Please list your names in the “Order Notes” field when registering. For larger groups, please read more about our private workshops.

Will my information be kept private?

Your mailing address will be shared with our sponsors, Legion Paper and Speedball Art Products. Legion will send you a paper sample pack, and Speedball will send a printmaking supplies sample kit. Otherwise, BIG INK does not share your information with third parties.


Laurie Darby

What materials are provided in the workshop?

BIG INK supplies printing ink, acid-free printing paper, newsprint, and non-toxic cleaning supplies.

What materials do I purchase?

Workshop participants purchase their wood and carving tools separately. 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.


Aaron Miller & Deborah Rose Guterbock

How big can I work?

The maximum allowed woodblock size is 40 by 96 inches.

How big do you recommend I work?

We recommend creating a 24 by 36-inch woodblock if this is your first carving.


Kaitlynn radloff

Can I carve linoleum?

No, workshop participants are required to carve wood. Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is easy to work with and prints well.

Can I print in color?

We cannot accommodate color printing due to limited time and working space. We print using black oil-based ink on white paper.


Sarah Matthews

Are scholarships available?

We do not offer scholarships to first-time workshop participants. However, BIG INK draws randomly and awards four scholarships per event to returning participants.

A previous BIG INK participant must register to attend another public workshop to be considered. Those who receive the award are notified after the registration deadline.

Can I register for multiple workshops in a year?

Yes


Jon Kristopher Collins

What is BIG INK’s refund policy?

Workshop registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. We will offer you the choice of a refund or credit in the event BIG INK cancels a workshop.

Do I need to be present when my woodblock is printed?

Yes


Mark Wamaling

Am I required to attend both in-person printing days?

You are required to attend only one in-person printing day. You will receive an email with your assignment shortly following the registration deadline.

Can I ship my carved woodblock to the venue?

Please let us know beforehand so we can inform our hosting partner. Include a return label in the package.


Jency sekeran

How do I transport a large woodblock on an airplane or car?

We recommend cutting your wood to fit inside a drawing portfolio before carving. These sections can be pieced together on the press. Remember that each cut will create a thin white line in the finished print, so plan your design accordingly.

Who should I contact with questions?

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


Stacy Allen
REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 27, 2023!

Boston Center for the Arts

Boston, Massachusetts
Saturday & Sunday
May 6 & 7, 2023
$300

Learn how to make a woodblock print of epic proportions in this blended learning workshop! First, you carve a design at home following BIG INK’s online master course. Then, you meet the BIG INK team at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, MA. Together we print your finished carving on The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Take this opportunity to work at an ambitious scale (from 24 by 36 to 40 by 96 inches) and see your woodblock professionally printed!

No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and we encourage individuals of all skill levels. Online learning begins after you register and continues through May 5, 2023. Registrants must attend one in-person printing day, either May 6 or 7, 2023, which BIG INK assigns following the registration deadline. There are 16 slots available, and the registration deadline is February 27, 2023.

✔️ access to our master course
✔️ three professionally made prints
✔️ printmaking supplies sample kit courtesy of Speedball Art Products
✔️ paper sample pack courtesy of Legion

about the course

You’ll have a minimum of two months to create your carving while following an online course led by instructor Lyell Castonguay. Work at your own pace and gain a comprehensive understanding as he draws, carves, and prints a 24 by 36-inch woodblock. Course videos cover the following subjects —

✔️ Recommended materials
✔️ Simplifying photo-based designs
✔️ Image enlargement
✔️ Small image transfer
✔️ Using carving tools
✔️ Creating textures
✔️ Tool honing
✔️ Dry, wet, and press proofing
✔️ Fixing mistakes
✔️ Utilizing power tools
✔️ Making a custom display and more!

about the print day

You and your fellow workshop participants will meet on an assigned day. We print three impressions per participant. Lend a helping hand by holding paper or hanging prints. It is a chance to create friendships. In addition, the printing days are open for public viewing. Invite friends and family to celebrate your artistic accomplishment!

We support an inclusive community of people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have never carved a woodblock, while others have participated multiple times.

Lyell and Carand are smart, kind, and creative workshop leaders. I learned a ton, had fun, met great artists, and made a few gorgeous prints of my work. Build a wider community and make some great art! If you can, you must partake in the Big Ink experience!

— Jenna Philpott, Artist


What are the highlights of participating in a BIG INK workshop?

Participation highlights include access to our online course, a printmaking supplies sample kit, a paper sample pack, and three professionally made prints.

Can I register having never carved a woodblock?

Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to register. You’ll learn the woodblock carving and printing process through a combination of online and in-person instruction.


Colleen Critcher

Can my group register for a public workshop?

A group of up to three people may register to carve a single woodblock. Please list your names in the “Order Notes” field when registering. For larger groups, please read more about our private workshops.

Will my information be kept private?

Your mailing address will be shared with our sponsors, Legion Paper and Speedball Art Products. Legion will send you a paper sample pack, and Speedball will send a printmaking supplies sample kit. Otherwise, BIG INK does not share your information with third parties.


Laurie Darby

What materials are provided in the workshop?

BIG INK supplies printing ink, acid-free printing paper, newsprint, and non-toxic cleaning supplies.

What materials do I purchase?

Workshop participants purchase their wood and carving tools separately. 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.


Aaron Miller & Deborah Rose Guterbock

How big can I work?

The maximum allowed woodblock size is 40 by 96 inches.

How big do you recommend I work?

We recommend creating a 24 by 36-inch woodblock if this is your first carving.


Kaitlynn radloff

Can I carve linoleum?

No, workshop participants are required to carve wood. Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is easy to work with and prints well.

Can I print in color?

We cannot accommodate color printing due to limited time and working space. We print using black oil-based ink on white paper.


Sarah Matthews

Are scholarships available?

We do not offer scholarships to first-time workshop participants. However, BIG INK draws randomly and awards four scholarships per event to returning participants.

A previous BIG INK participant must register to attend another public workshop to be considered. Those who receive the award are notified after the registration deadline.

Can I register for multiple workshops in a year?

Yes


Jon Kristopher Collins

What is BIG INK’s refund policy?

Workshop registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. We will offer you the choice of a refund or credit in the event BIG INK cancels a workshop.

Do I need to be present when my woodblock is printed?

Yes


Mark Wamaling

Am I required to attend both in-person printing days?

You are required to attend only one in-person printing day. You will receive an email with your assignment shortly following the registration deadline.

Can I ship my carved woodblock to the venue?

Please let us know beforehand so we can inform our hosting partner. Include a return label in the package.


Jency sekeran

How do I transport a large woodblock on an airplane or car?

We recommend cutting your wood to fit inside a drawing portfolio before carving. These sections can be pieced together on the press. Remember that each cut will create a thin white line in the finished print, so plan your design accordingly.

Who should I contact with questions?

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


Stacy Allen
REGISTER BY JUNE 19, 2023!

3S Artspace

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Saturday & Sunday
August 26 & 27, 2023
$300

Learn how to make a woodblock print of epic proportions in this blended learning workshop! First, you carve a design at home following BIG INK’s online master course. Then, you meet the BIG INK team at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH. Together we print your finished carving on The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile printing press. Take this opportunity to work at an ambitious scale (from 24 by 36 to 40 by 96 inches) and see your woodblock professionally printed!

No prior printmaking experience is necessary, and we encourage individuals of all skill levels. Online learning begins after you register and continues through August 25, 2023. Registrants must attend one in-person printing day, either August 26 or 27, 2023, which BIG INK assigns following the registration deadline. There are 16 slots available, and the registration deadline is June 19, 2023.

✔️ access to our master course
✔️ three professionally made prints
✔️ printmaking supplies sample kit courtesy of Speedball Art Products
✔️ paper sample pack courtesy of Legion

about the course

You’ll have a minimum of two months to create your carving while following an online course led by instructor Lyell Castonguay. Work at your own pace and gain a comprehensive understanding as he draws, carves, and prints a 24 by 36-inch woodblock. Course videos cover the following subjects —

✔️ Recommended materials
✔️ Simplifying photo-based designs
✔️ Image enlargement
✔️ Small image transfer
✔️ Using carving tools
✔️ Creating textures
✔️ Tool honing
✔️ Dry, wet, and press proofing
✔️ Fixing mistakes
✔️ Utilizing power tools
✔️ Making a custom display and more!

about the print day

You and your fellow workshop participants will meet on an assigned day. We print three impressions per participant. Lend a helping hand by holding paper or hanging prints. It is a chance to create friendships. In addition, the printing days are open for public viewing. Invite friends and family to celebrate your artistic accomplishment!

We support an inclusive community of people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have never carved a woodblock, while others have participated multiple times.

Lyell and Carand are smart, kind, and creative workshop leaders. I learned a ton, had fun, met great artists, and made a few gorgeous prints of my work. Build a wider community and make some great art! If you can, you must partake in the Big Ink experience!

— Jenna Philpott, Artist


What are the highlights of participating in a BIG INK workshop?

Participation highlights include access to our online course, a printmaking supplies sample kit, a paper sample pack, and three professionally made prints.

Can I register having never carved a woodblock?

Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to register. You’ll learn the woodblock carving and printing process through a combination of online and in-person instruction.


Colleen Critcher

Can my group register for a public workshop?

A group of up to three people may register to carve a single woodblock. Please list your names in the “Order Notes” field when registering. For larger groups, please read more about our private workshops.

Will my information be kept private?

Your mailing address will be shared with our sponsors, Legion Paper and Speedball Art Products. Legion will send you a paper sample pack, and Speedball will send a printmaking supplies sample kit. Otherwise, BIG INK does not share your information with third parties.


Laurie Darby

What materials are provided in the workshop?

BIG INK supplies printing ink, acid-free printing paper, newsprint, and non-toxic cleaning supplies.

What materials do I purchase?

Workshop participants purchase their wood and carving tools separately. 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.


Aaron Miller & Deborah Rose Guterbock

How big can I work?

The maximum allowed woodblock size is 40 by 96 inches.

How big do you recommend I work?

We recommend creating a 24 by 36-inch woodblock if this is your first carving.


Kaitlynn radloff

Can I carve linoleum?

No, workshop participants are required to carve wood. Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is easy to work with and prints well.

Can I print in color?

We cannot accommodate color printing due to limited time and working space. We print using black oil-based ink on white paper.


Sarah Matthews

Are scholarships available?

We do not offer scholarships to first-time workshop participants. However, BIG INK draws randomly and awards four scholarships per event to returning participants.

A previous BIG INK participant must register to attend another public workshop to be considered. Those who receive the award are notified after the registration deadline.

Can I register for multiple workshops in a year?

Yes


Jon Kristopher Collins

What is BIG INK’s refund policy?

Workshop registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. We will offer you the choice of a refund or credit in the event BIG INK cancels a workshop.

Do I need to be present when my woodblock is printed?

Yes


Mark Wamaling

Am I required to attend both in-person printing days?

You are required to attend only one in-person printing day. You will receive an email with your assignment shortly following the registration deadline.

Can I ship my carved woodblock to the venue?

Please let us know beforehand so we can inform our hosting partner. Include a return label in the package.


Jency sekeran

How do I transport a large woodblock on an airplane or car?

We recommend cutting your wood to fit inside a drawing portfolio before carving. These sections can be pieced together on the press. Remember that each cut will create a thin white line in the finished print, so plan your design accordingly.

Who should I contact with questions?

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


Stacy Allen

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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 having no printmaking experience?

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

How much lead time is recommended?

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 $5,000 for a two-day workshop within 300 miles of our home in Livermore Falls, Maine. 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?

We require lodging for events more than an hour drive from our home.

How long does a workshop run?

Two days, usually 10 am – 5 pm



How many can participate?

16, 8 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 creating a 24 by 36 inch woodblock if this is your first carving.

Who pays for materials?

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



What carving substrates and tools are recommended?

BIG INK recommends carving either Cherry Plywood, Shina Plywood, Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) and using 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 supplies non-toxic cleaning supplies, work tables, inking rollers, a paper hanging 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 does set-up and breakdown occur?

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

How does BIG INK transport equipment?

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



Who do I contact to schedule a workshop?

Please submit this form to begin the process. Questions may be directed to Lyell Castonguay, contact@bigink.org.


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