White Line Woodcuts: Who, What, and Why?

Workshop Date:July 11 - July 13

When: Wednesday-Friday, 10-2pm

Sessions: 3

Price: $300

Teaching Artist: Sally Brophy

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*This was a Summer 2018 course. Please see our current and upcoming workshops to register for a workshop course.

What is a white line woodcut? Why use wood when you can just paint on paper? Who came up with this idea? The fun starts right away as we’ll begin with you making your first print. The first block is provided, and more will be available to purchase. As we continue to stir the creative juices, I’ll also be giving you some background on the fascinating history of this art form. I’ll read excerpts from various publications about the artists who are connected to it, and show you examples of their work as inspiration. A visit to several galleries that feature white line woodcuts is included, and the final class will include viewing HBOs “Packed in a Trunk, The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” to give you the latest historical twist. This art form is very approachable for beginners and a fascinating exploration for experienced artists. You will walk away with a finished white line print of your own.

Sally Brophy has been creating white-line woodblock prints for more than a decade.

She studied the technique with Kathryn Smith, who was taught by her grandmother, Ferol Sibley Warthen. Warthen learned from Blanche Lazzell, one of the first artists to develop the art form in Provincetown. This lineage of women printmakers represents both the rich legacy and the vibrant contemporary community of white-line artist that continue to create on Cape Cod today. Brophy is represented by the James R. Bakker Gallery in Provincetown.