318-Relief Printmaking

In this class we will learn the basics of woodblock printing, a relief printmaking technique. We will focus on image preparation, carving techniques, and printing techniques.  Students will create a 1 to 2 color print using water based ink. 

This class welcomes beginners and advanced students.  No prior knowledge is needed for this class.  


Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.


A set of woodblock carving tools. There are many sets you can buy, but I recommend at least 2 V-gouge tools (one large and one small) and 1 U-gouge tool. 

Rubber Stamp Carving Blocks, 6” X 8”, at least 3 blocks.

Black Water Soluble Block Printing Ink, and one additional color of your choice.

Rubber Brayer Roller.

Printmaking Paper (you can buy a pad of paper specifically for printmaking, or mixed media paper).

Inking Plate 

Lots of paper for sketching and test printing. Quality is not important.

Pencils to sketch with.

1 2B or 4B graphite stick or pencil.

A sharpie.

Painters tape.




Additional tools (not required)

Latex gloves.


Additional sizes of rubber stamp carving blocks for experimentation. 

An array of water soluble woodblock colored ink for experimentation. 


Examples of appropriate tools you can buy

* You do not need to buy directly from the links I have provided, feel free to use any vendor you would like. 


Carving tools





Rubber Stamp Carving Block 6” X 8”



Water Soluble Block Printing Ink



Rubber Brayer Roller



Printmaking Paper



Inking Plate 



About the Instructor

Ava Luzzi

Ava Luzzi is a multimedia artist who lives and creates in New Jersey.  She earned her BFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she concentrated in painting and printmaking.  Her recent body of work is inspired from her immersive experiences in nature.  She uses an array of media to depict her connection with the world around her.   She has recently shown in the group exhibit Clean Out Your Flat File and Hit the Road in The Co- Curate Show and All Planets Stationed Direct at the Mason Gross Galleries.  In her time outside of the studio she finds unending joy working with her students as an art educator at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ. 


Class Details

August 19 - August 19, 10:30 am - 01:30 pm

Days: Saturday

Tuition: $85

Member Tuition: $60

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Summer 2023

Level: Adult (All Levels)

Instructor: Ava Luzzi