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Class meets for Two Consecutive Wednesdays Feb 2nd & 9th, 6-8pm ET
NOTE: This class will be held in an online format using the Zoom Platform

Using inexpensive materials and a few key tools you will learn how to think about reduction block printing.  Then, during the week, you will design and print at least two reduction blocks with an edition size of 6 prints or more for each design. The second class will introduce you to a myriad of design possibilities for a multi paneled vertical accordion banner book.

All levels welcome. 2 hours for each zoom class with a short break.

Recommended Supplies:

  • x-acto knife with blades
  • dull knife, like a steak knife (something you have in a kitchen drawer)
  • metal ruler 18” minimum
  • Cutting surface, self-healing mats are good
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s white Glue-All – small bottle (usually available at grocery stores)
  • waste paper- like a few brown bags or newsprint
  • ½” –flat bristle paint brush for glue (something inexpensive from a hardware store would work)
  • 3 colors of Golden Open Acrylics. These can be expensive but are worth it. They come in various opacities/transparencies so I would encourage you to have a range from transparent to more opaque.
  • OR Acrylic paints -a few colors, inexpensive is fine- Red-Yellow-Blue- Black minimum, however if you have lots of colors on hand that is fine too).
  • And Acrylic OPEN medium (Dick Blick A02013-4005) This allows you to print with ordinary acrylic paints
  • Clothespins come in handy
  • 1 single sheets of Canson Mi-Tientes (Dick Blick A10710- and then choose a color)
  • 2 sheets of Masa (Dick Blick A10409-1003) this is a Japanese paper
  • and/or 2 Reeves lightweight BFK (Dick Blick A10419-1011)
  • Soft Cut Printing Block (Dick Blick A40401-1006   12×18”) (one block)
  • Lino cut (Dick Blick Speedball Lino Set #1 A40203-1009 this is a handle with 5 blades)
  • Wooden Spoon or Barren (Dick Blick Barren A42910-1004) A wooden spoon works fine.
  • Speedball soft rubber Brayer 4” or 6” or larger (Dick Blick 6” Brayer A40104-1006)
  • Piece of Plexiglas at least 9×12, 2 would be best, but one would work
  • Masking tape and a sharpie

Image credits: Poem by Lisa Hibl, Calligraphy by Jan Owen, artist’s book with reduction prints by Rebecca Goodale

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Instructor: Rebecca Goodale

Rebecca Goodale has been creating innovative and sublimely made artist’s books for many years and frequently does collaborative work with other artists as well as public art installations. In addition to being artistically active, she was the founding program coordinator for the Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine, where she inspired artists at all levels. Goodale’s books can be found in many institutional collections, including the Bowdoin College Library; the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE; Herron Art Library; Library of Congress; Portland Museum of Art, ME; State Art Museum of Hawai’i; the Boston Athenaeum; the Children’s Museum in Seoul, Korea; and the Fogg Museum Fine Art Library at Harvard University. 

In 2015 she was named a Maine Master Crafts Artist by the Maine Crafts Association. Other awards she has received include a New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and a Mellon Grant for the Humanities at Bates College. In 1995 she was a Resident Scholar for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. 

Rebecca continues to teach design and book arts for various institutions and exhibits her work both locally and internationally.