Shipston Designs Studio presents:

A Gaspereau Valley Printmaking Workshop Series – Part I

taught by Maria Doering

Artist and printmaker Maria Doering is coming to the Gaspereau Valley to share her passion of printmaking. She is going to be teaching three one-day workshops at Shipston Design Studios this summer. The first will be an introductory level relief printing class covering everything from carving to different kinds of inks and printing methods. The second and third workshops are going to teach the participant how to approach multi-layered color images when using materials like Komatex and Linoleum. There is no previous experience required and anyone can do this!

Introductory Relief Printing

Wednesday July 13th 9:30 am – 12pm & 1 – 5pm (bring your own lunch)

In this one day workshop, Maria Doering will cover various mark making approaches in relief printing. The participant will learn how to transfer an image, carve a block using various tools and ink and print their image by hand as well as by printing press. At the end of the day each participant will leave with a finished black and white block print.

$75+HST all materials included

Reductive Relief Printing

Saturday August 13th 9:30 am – 12pm & 1 – 5pm (bring your own lunch)

After a brief overview the participants will be guided through the process of reductive relief printing. This means the printing of multiple colour layers by carving the image from a single block. Maria Doering will cover several different methods of registration, printing by hand as well as through the use of a printing press. By the end of the workshop, the participant will have created a two colour print.

$75+HST all materials included

Multi-Block Relief Printing

Saturday September 17th 9:30 am – 12pm & 1 – 5pm (bring your own lunch)

Multi block printing is another multi-color and multi-layer relief printing method. Participants will learn how to transfer their image to multiple blocks in order to carve separate colours from each block. By the end of the day you will have created a 2 colour relief print with the multi-block method.

$75+HST all materials included


Package deal for all three workshops $200 +HST all materials included.
Please bring good cheer, an image idea, a notebook or sketchbook, an apron or old t-shirt and any wood carving tools you may already have.

To pre-register, please contact Maria Doering at 902-719-5007 or send an email to

Printmaking and/or Textile Residencies

If you are a printmaker, knitter, weaver, or spinner (or better yet a combination), and are interested in working in my studio, please contact me with a proposal via email,

I have several large work surfaces, a press, three tub stainless sink with cold water only, floor and rigid heddle loom, spinning wheel, textile and printmaking books galore, and incredible scenery.