626 Woodcarving II

1 semester, ½ credit

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Prerequisite: 625 Woodcarving I 

Woodcarving II provides students the opportunity to further develop carving skills beyond Woodcarving I. Advanced students will engage in projects that use the same techniques from Woodcarving I, but at a higher level with higher expectations. The degree of difficulty and design must be developed by students to show a furtherance of skills in woodcarving. 

Students are expected to purchase their own wood for the semester (4 wood blocks in total) as well as a #120 to #150 grit sheet of sandpaper.  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 advanced skill in technique, craftsmanship, and the expressive potential of wood, related to the various woodcarving processes in focus.
  3. Print a two-colored woodblock design in several editions through woodblock printmaking process.
  4. Design projects from drawn samples, relief patterns, 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. Advanced skills in woodcut, chip carving, and low relief carving techniques 
  3. Perfected staining/finishing process 
  4. How to visually map out designs


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