Woodblocks in the Field

Woodblocks in the Field

April 25, 2021
Woodblock carving and printing is a timeless art form. Learn the basics or brush up on your skills!

Woodblock carving and printing is a timeless art form. Come learn the basics or brush up on your woodblock skills. All tools, blocks and printing inks are supplied. Beginner to experienced woodblock artists welcome.

We will look to nature for designs, and learn to simplify these designs and transfer them to a 4″x 6″ woodblock. Learn the rhythm and art of carving a block. Ink your block and take test prints to see your progress and complete one finished block print. With a sketch pad and black marker, learn to sketch images and stylize them to fit block carving and printing.

Everett Ruess was a young man during the great Depression in the 1930’s and he wandered throughout the American Southwest. He loaded his mule with all his belongings including woodblocks, tools and inks. In the dust of the outdoors, he produced a series of stunning woodblocks and prints. he mysteriously died before he was twenty five years old. Don’t let your creativity be confined to the indoors! Let nature inspire you.

Joan Hoffmann paints oil and watercolor impressionistic landscapes and works in Woodblocks. She celebrates twenty years teaching through PRNSA. She and her students share a special bond: the landscape, wildlife and creative process. Her forty year career has allowed her to experience all paint mediums and develop free expression with woodblocks and printing. Come learn the basics with Joan!


-We will be meeting at the Pierce Point Ranch Parking Lot

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:

Notebook and Sharpie Pen

Day Pack

Lunch Bag

Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Hiking Shoes

Water Bottle

Notebook and Pen/Field Journal

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Binoculars (Optional)

Camera (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

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For any questions, please email us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

In accordance with Marin County guidelines for public health and safety, we will require all participants to respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness.

Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

NOTE: Refund policy exceptions will be made for participants cancelling last minute due to COVID-19 infection or symptoms. Please contact us in this case.

During class all participants will be required to do the following

Wear a protective face covering

Maintain a 6 foot physical distance from other participants not belonging to your household

Bring your own food and water

Current group sizes are limited, there will be no physical contact or sharing of food and drink, and no shared physical equipment or materials unless they are sanitized before and after use, and used by only one person for the duration of class

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.