625 Woodcarving I

St. Francis Borgia High School Woodcarving Class1 semester, ½ credit

Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Prerequisite: 620 Introduction to Art 

This course will  provide an understanding of woodcarving as an art form through some basic relief carving techniques including: woodcut printmaking, chip carving, and low-relief carving. Students will also learn how to properly finish designs with a variety of wood stains and protective sealants.  As we will be working with knives in this course, discussing and putting forth proper safety measures will be of very high importance and grades will be affected if these are not followed.

Students are expected to purchase their own wood for the semester (4 woodblocks in total) as well as a #120 to #150 grit sheet of sandpaper.  However, knives and protective eye wear will be provided.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Apply and understand the purposes of various safety measures when working with woodblocks and carving tools.
  2. Show competency in technique, craftsmanship, and the expressive potential of wood, related to the various wood carving processes in focus.
  3. Print a single design in several editions through woodblock printmaking process.
  4. Design projects from drawn samples, relief paterns and iPad images as reference points.
  5. Properly finish wood blocks by conditioning, staining, and sealing designs for preservation.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Woodworking safety measures 
  2. Woodcut, chip carving, and low relief carving techniques 
  3. Stain/finishing process
  4. How to visually map out designs

 This curriculum last updated January 4, 2019, by the Fine Arts Department.