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Washington, D.C.

Block Print Your Neighborhood Block

Join us for a block-printing workshop with D.C. flavor led by local artist Rose Jaffe.

Block printing has been a method of reproducing images and text on both paper and fabric for over 2,000 years. Developed originally in China around 250 BC, the technique spread across Asia and reached Europe in the 15th century. Today, it continues to be embraced by artists ranging from Katsushika Hokusai to Henri Matisse to many contemporary craftspeople working (and posting on Instagram).

In this workshop, you'll learn how to create your own block print from D.C. artist Rose Jaffe. She'll provide history, background, and an introduction to the block printmaking process. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get creative! Drawing inspiration from where you live, you’ll have the chance to develop a symbol for your neighborhood or town through a process of sketching, cutting your block, and creating prints.

No experience needed and all materials will be provided. At the end of this event, all participants will be able to take home what they've created!


  • Space is very limited for this workshop, so we recommend purchasing tickets ASAP. 
  • While this event is designed for adults, teenagers are welcome too!
  • This workshop is being held at The Stew, Rose’s studio in the former H&R Block space in the Foreman Mills Mall. Yes, an artist’s studio in a strip mall!!
  • This event is accessible via Metro, with the Rhode Island Ave. station on the red line only an 8-minute walk away.
  • For those who choose to drive, there is ample parking available in the Foreman Mills parking lot.


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