2 Drake Knoll
Lewes, DE 19958
The Delaware White-line Woodcut Guild was formed four years ago and meets weekly at the library to share art and techniques and to create woodblock prints. Throughout the year, Guild founder Fred Dylla offers introductory white-line woodcut workshops in Lewes and other locations, as well as advanced workshops for guild members to enhance their knowledge and skills.
This form of creating woodcuts is a uniquely American artform with historic ties to the Rehoboth Art League and was originally created in Provincetown, MA, in the 1920s. The technique is a unique marriage of woodcarving and watercolors in the form of an image carved on wood and then transferred to paper.
Watercolor paint is then applied to outlined areas of the woodblock after which a traditional Japanese print paper is laid over the block and rubbed to transfer the image to the paper. Successive layers of paint are added to enrich the colors and textures imparted to the print by the wood grain and the paper. Each print made from the woodblock is a unique piece of art.