Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Rob Swainston From Photoshop to Multi-Block June 23 to June 28, 2019 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 1-4pm Discipline: Printmaking OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options

This workshop is part of our Master Printer Series.

Photoshop is a powerful tool for printmakers working with multi-plate images: Students will learn how to manipulate their own imagery (photo/drawing/painting) or appropriated imagery in photoshop for output into ‘traditional print’ processes. This class will focus on breaking a single image into a 3-4 layer woodblock print, printing them digitally, and then transferring them to woodblocks for carving and printing. Students will emerge from the class with a solid edition of a 3-4 color woodblock print. Along the way students will learn about choosing colors for multi-plate processes as well as registration systems suitable for hand or press printing.

Please bring woodcarving tools. Ten sheets of white BFK Rives (22×30 inches) will be provided as part of the materials fee. Additional sheets may be purchased from the Work Center at $5 per sheet.


Rob Swainston is Assistant Professor in Printmaking at SUNY Purchase College and Master Printer for collaborative printshop Prints of Darkness. He received a BA from Hampshire College, an MFA from Columbia University, and attended Skowhegan, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and the Fine Arts Work Center. His work sits at the intersection of printmaking, painting, installation and sculpture. Exhibitions include Marginal Utility, David Krut, BravinLee, Socrates, Smack Mellon, Queens Museum, and Bronx Museum.