Stacking the Deck, Playing Cards

Instructor: David Wolfe, 2018 Master Craft Artist Award

Supplies/Materials Fee: $35

Enrollment limit: 12 FULL Waitlist Only

Level: All levels are welcome

Playing cards are familiar to everyone, and we usually don’t think of them as fine art, but here we’ll see how they can be. Students will create cards influenced by several historical card decks, designing and printing using woodcut or linoleum blocks. Then, we’ll hand-color the cards using the traditional stencil process called pochoir. Each participant will edition enough to be able to exchange sets.

Eight of Bells,The playing cards of Hans Schäufelein, Nuremberg, 1535 and Molly Molasses – Passamaquoddy Leader, woodcut 4ft by 8 ft by David Wolfe

David Wolfe is a master printer and printmaker, and the proprietor of Wolfe Editions, a fine art print shop in Portland, Maine. David has a BFA in printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been making his own prints as well as printing for other artists for 35 years. He is a past Maine Arts Commission Fellow in the Traditional Arts, and a 2018 Master Craft Artist Awardee by Maine Crafts Association. Wolfe has taught letterpress and relief printing at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Dartmouth College, Wellesley College and the Maine College of Art. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection, Bowdoin College, New York Public Library, Houghton Special Collections and Princeton Library.