Printmaking Fundamentals: Woodblock Relief

Taught by Claudio Orso-Giacone 

*NEA Apprentice

Spend the day learning the relief printing process from start to finish. From planning, to carving, and then printing, you will create relief images from both paraffin wax and wood blocks. How to adapt designs to your block, as well as proper carving techniques and safety will be covered. By the end of this workshop you will go home with an original woodblock and the confidence to print on your own.

*Claudio Orso-Giacone is undergoing a six-month-long artist apprenticeship program supported by National Endowment for the Arts.


Claudio Orso makes woodblock prints, paper puppets and ceramic sculptures; coming from Turin, Italy, he has been living in Ohio for eighteen years, got his MFA in printmaking at Bowling Green State University, and received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2004. He worked and taught art in a wide range of situations and events, national and international residencies, the Oberlin Big Parade and the Cleveland Parade the Circle, and a puppet opera performed by the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra. Since 2010 he has been coordinator of Apollo Outreach at Oberlin College, a college course workshop in media literacy serving young and elderly learners.

Supply List

  • Drawing and carving tools

  • A pre-drawn image to fit a 6"x 8" woodblock

  • Specialty printing paper (optional)

  • Lunch and beverage

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.

DATE Sat, November 16th

TIME 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COST $80

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Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation | 1754 E. 47th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44103  |  Phone 216.361.9255


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