Relief printmaking encompasses processes that create images through carving away at a surface (wood, linoleum) to leave an image, text, or pattern behind, which is printed through applying ink, layering on a surface on which to print (paper or textile, often), and applying pressure. These can include woodcuts, linoleum cuts, letterpress, colographs, and more. Students learn to work with these media, while also investigating histories of relief printing in fine arts and as a tool of (often political) communication.