Venue: Sanctuary Arts
Address: 117 Bolt Hill Rd, Eliot, ME
Workshop Dates: 11/2 & 11/3/2024 (one day of attendance for in-person instruction is required)
Workshop Time: 9 AM to 5 PM
Minimum/Maximum Woodblock Size: 24 by 36 inches/40 by 96 inches
Registration Fee: $325 (see FAQs for materials you’ll need to purchase separately)
Summary: Join BIG INK at Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, ME, for a relief printmaking workshop of epic proportions! Learn how to carve a woodblock, then print your carving on a custom-built giant printing press. Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to register.
Once registered, participants can access an online masterclass led by Lyell Castonguay. Following Castonguay’s expert guidance, you will carve your design from the comfort of your home. Links in the class platform show you where to purchase the essential supplies, including wood and carving tools. If you have questions, Castonguay is an email or phone call away.
The workshop concludes with you meeting Castonguay at Sanctuary Arts on 11/2 or 11/3 from 9 AM to 5 PM. You’ll learn proper woodblock printing techniques, including applying ink to the carving you created at home. By the end of the day of in-person instruction, you will have multiple impressions of your design printed on acid-free paper. Other participants will be present, providing knowledge-sharing and collaboration opportunities.
Castonguay brings a custom-built giant printing press to the workshop. The press is affectionately named The Big Tuna due to its size and strength. It is a precise machine that creates flawless woodblock prints. Workshop registrants receive three impressions from their carving produced on the press.
Venue Info: Sanctuary Arts started in 1997 when founder Christopher Gowell moved to Eliot from Portsmouth Button Factory Studios to begin her art studio. She purchased the old church on Bolt Hill Rd to create a community of artists she could work with and learn from. Over the years, the space has evolved into a community art space that focuses on fine art education from talented artists. sanctuaryarts.org
Deadline to sign up: August 19, 2024
Two lucky workshop participants will receive a $225 cash award. To be considered, you must register and attend the in-person printing day. Awardees will be chosen via a random lottery—a special thanks to our Education Partner, Speedball Art Products, for the funding!
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 Central 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 my online course or the in-person workshops I offer, please don’t hesitate to reach out via the contact form below. I am excited to hear from you.