Venue: WaterFire Arts Center
Address: 475 Valley St, Providence, RI
Workshop Dates: 8/24 & 8/25/2024 (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 WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, RI, 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 WaterFire Arts Center on 8/24 or 8/25 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: WaterFire Providence® is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement, and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. waterfire.org
Deadline to sign up: June 17, 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 in art school. My first series of monumental prints featured vaudeville-era magicians, including Harry Houdini and Alexander Hermann. 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 workshops, please don’t hesitate to reach out via the contact form below. I look forward to hearing from you.