The Art of Resistance: Get On Board! Making Activist Posters Using Woodblock Printing

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Daniel Heyman
Week 7: July 22 to July 27
ORIENTATION: July 22, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 23-27, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Printmaking
Open to All

Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of Social Justice Week.

Posters are perhaps the most common form of propaganda historically - used to let you know just what Uncle Sam wants, and just how to sign up and give your all. Feeling a bit tired of this one-way communication? This workshop asks you to make your own posters and let the world know what you want. Using relief print techniques students will learn to combine eye-catching graphics, dynamic design and smashing color to get their word out. Participants will make at least one large poster out of linoleum/MDF or woodblock carvings, while creating a beautiful print. If you have a pet peeve or an itchy grudge or a flaming passion and just can't keep it to yourself any longer, by the end of the week you'll have all the tools you need to spread the word. No previous printing experience necessary. 

Ten sheets of white BFK Rives (22 x30 inches) will be provided as part of the materials fee. Additional sheets may be purchased from the Work Center at $5 per sheet.


Daniel Heyman is a recipient of Guggenheim and Pew Fellowships, and received grants from Princeton University, Dartmouth College and RISD. Heyman’s work is collected in many prestigious national institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Research Institute and the Library of Congress. Most recently working at the Awagami Paper Factory in Japan, Heyman has concentrated on creating a series of paper folding screens. Heyman is represented by Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence.