Relief Printmaking





Dates: July 22 - August 12
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced

Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Explore the process of composing and carving relief blocks at home. Relief printmaking on blocks of linoleum and contemporary alternatives is a subtractive process, where the remaining surface area of the relief block can be inked and printed. The resulting block will not only be able used to print onto paper, but can also be impressed into clay or printed onto a clay form with ceramic slips and underglaze. Guest instructor Darrah Bowden will share her process of using relief blocks onto plaster to create decorative clay slabs. (4 classes)

Suggested Materials List:

Link to complete materials list and prices at Blick here.

List consists of:

  • 1 Speedball Lino Cutter Set
  • 1 Speedball Water-Based Block Printing Ink, Black 2.5oz
  • 1 (or more) - Speedball Water-Based Block Printing Ink, Alternate color of student’s choice 2.5 oz
  • 1 Speedball Soft Rubber Brayer 4”
  • 1 Speedball Speedy Carve Block 3”x4”
  • 3 Blick Battleship Gray Mounted Linoleum Block 4”x5”
  • 5 (potentially more)- Sheets of Thai Kozo Paper, 25”x 37” 35 gsm

Optional items or items from around the house:

  • Scissors for cutting paper
  • Flat, untextured surface approximately 8x10” (acrylic, glass, plastic, aluminum foil)  to roll and mix ink
  • Blick Economy Barren or large wooden spoon
  • Amaco underglaze
  • Newsprint
  • Clay

If you would like to buy clay from the Harvard Ceramics Studio, please email Ji Eun Kim directly at Note: This clay does not come with firing. We do hope to offer firing services in the future.

We have available for pick-up:

  • 25 lbs. Amherst Brown Stoneware – Cone 10 $25.00
  • 25 lbs. Amherst White Stoneware – Cone 10 $25.00
  • 25 lbs. Amherst T1 Sculpture Clay – Cone 10 $25.00
  • 25 lbs. Amherst Porcelain – Cone 10 $35.00

You may also consider ordering from a local supplier (Sheffield Pottery, Amherst Pottery Supply or Portland Pottery). Clay work produced in this class may be bisque and glaze-fired at the Ceramics Program at a future date, provided that you register for the semester that coincides with the re-opening of the Ceramics Program studio (TBD).

Course Fees: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students, $120 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Employees and Adult Community.

  • Adult Community: General Public; Harvard alumni, fellows, Extension School students, and faculty/staff who are not TAP-eligible; students from universities other than Harvard
  • Harvard Employees eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): TAP regular (employees worked less than 15 years) and TAP long service (employees who worked 15 or more years at Harvard). Summer Session 1 will not be applying TAP.
  • Harvard College Undergraduate Students: Currently enrolled students at Harvard College. This does not include Harvard Extension School Undergraduate Students
  • Harvard Graduate Students: Currently enrolled students in a Harvard University Graduate Program. This does not include Harvard Extension School Graduate Students or Harvard University Doctoral Candidates. A list of approved schools offering graduate work can be found here.

Register on-line here!

For questions regarding course content, policies or materials, please contact Director, Kathy King at

For questions regarding registration, please contact Administrative Coordinator, Ji-Eun Kim at


Location: Zoom