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Posted on: October 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Woodblock Art at the Las Cruces Museum of Art

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Join the Museum of Art at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, for a hands-on art experience making woodblock prints. No registration is required, and all materials will be provided by the museum.

Originating in China, woodblock printing is one of the oldest forms of printmaking in the world with some of the earliest examples tracing back to around 200 AD. The practice was initially for printing patterns on textiles and when applied to paper, it became the most common method in East Asia for printing books and other texts, as well as images.

In Europe, this technique for printing images on paper is mostly covered by the art term “woodcut”. By the 19th century, the utilization of traditional woodblock techniques for commercialization was becoming less common with the developments and the spread of advanced printing press technology. However, woodblock printing has thrived within the art world and among the best-known types is the Japanese art of Ukiyo-e which has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years.

The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is accessible by RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36.

For additional information, go online at http://museums.las-cruces.org or call 575/541-2137.

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