Laser Engraved Woodblocks with Sarah Pike

sponsored by Zea Mays Printmaking

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10-5 @ FreeFall Laser in North Adams, MA

Have you ever wondered how to create laser engraved woodblocks but didn’t know where to start? This one-day workshop will give you a behind-the-scenes look on how to create laser engraved woodblocks from start to finish. Learn the basics of creating laser-ready files from drawings, laser cutting terminology, and how the laser cutter works. Through hands-on demonstrations learn tips and tricks about how to plan laser friendly images that are cost effective to make. We will also discuss how to combine laser engraving with hand carving to create dynamic blocks that incorporate the best of traditional methods and new technology.

Basic knowledge of Photoshop or Illustrator is helpful but not necessary.

Students will not be making their own laser cut blocks during this workshop.  They will learn how to prepare their images for laser cutting.  Sarah Pike’s laser cutting services will be available to artists to cut personal blocks at an additional cost.

This workshop will take place at FreeFall Laser in North Adams, MA.  Participants are responsible for their own transportation to North Adams (home of Mass MOCA). Carpooling will be encouraged and coordinated through Zea Mays.

$140 + $25 materials fee ‐Non‐Members

$125 + $25 materials fee ‐Members

materials fee includes 1 laser engraved block on birch plywood


Laser Cutting Bootcamp for Printmakers

June 11 - 14, 2019 @ FreeFall Laser in North Adams, MA

Do you teach printmaking and want to incorporate laser cutting techniques but don’t know where to start?

Are you trying to teach yourself laser cutting and struggling?

Is there a gap between what you know and what you want to create?

In this workshop intensive you will gain a foundation in laser cutting for printmaking, including how to operate a laser cutter and create laser-ready files, materials and safety, and curriculum development. Through hands on experience and collaborative printmaking projects participants will learn how to create woodblocks and strategies for developing images that wont take hours to engrave, acrylic and wood intaglio plates, and working with alternative surfaces. We will also explore working with the laser cutter as a printing press through laser engraving paper, fabric, and prints.

Prerequisites: basic knowledge of PhotoShop and Illustrator and a laptop with Adobe CC. If you are an Illustrator newbie I will send you tutorials, so you can learn the basics before the workshop.

While this workshop is geared towards the needs of printmaking faculty, non-faculty are welcome. Please be aware that this workshop is not designed for artists looking for an opportunity to create personal work, but it will give you a foundation for pursuing your own work after the workshop.

Registration information coming soon.