APR 21+22, 2018

Instructor: Visiting Artist Toru Sugita

Wood engraving is essentially a refined form of block printing. Since this medium offers a full range of tonality, it has been used for book illustrations since 18th century. During this two-day workshop you learn about materials and techniques, and explore your own creative response by producing a limited edition of prints by etching press. Instruction will include demonstration, sample work presentation, and hands-on studio activity. You will complete wood engraving prints from your own composition and design.

Artist Bio:  Toru Sugita, a printmaker and painter originally from Japan, is actively showing his artwork throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Latin America. Toru works mostly with images with strong architectural elements. Toru is known for his black and white intaglio and wood engraving prints with strong architectural elements. His prints can be found in various public collections including the Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts in the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco.

Toru spent time traveling extensively throughout Latin America and the Middle East finally establishing a residence in San Francisco, California. Toru received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from San Francisco State University and became actively involved in the community as an artist and an art educator for fourteen years. Toru is also known as the illustrator of award-winning book “Floating Lanterns and Golden Shrines.” In 2006 Toru moved to Grand Junction, Colorado for a teaching position at Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa State College), where he focused on teaching in the Art Department and produced collaborative works with Matt Lindstrom, Professor of Dance. In 2009 he returned to the Bay Area as a faculty member at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California. Toru is currently in charge of establishing the printmaking programs at DVC.

Most recently Toru organized “Nexus – Exchange Portfolio by Bay Area Etchers,” and curated an exhibition “California Etchers Currents” in conjunction with SGC International 2014 Conference in San Francisco. You can find additional information about Toru and his work by visiting his website:

Enroll today! Register 3 weeks early and get 10% off the listed price of your class.

$216 members

A $30 material fee will be collected by the instructor.

Ages 18+

To register for this class please call (707) 938-4626 x1