Printmaking & Photography

Discover new creative techniques or refine your existing skills in these fun and challenging printmaking and book arts workshops. Instructors are professional artists who are experienced in working with all levels of proficiency.

Registration for 2020 Workshops will open February 1st, 2020.

Seeing in Black & White

Christopher Broughton
June 15 – 19

This workshop is about thinking, looking, seeing, and creating images in black and white. The digital age is upon us, but film is not dead. As an artistic tool, film is still being made and used every day. 

We will be working with both classic black & white film (emulsion-based materials) and the digital darkroom. This hybrid approach allows the artist the opportunity to incorporate a part of the medium’s rich analog roots into their personal practice as well as to expand on photography’s contemporary digital possibilities.

Daily creative assignments, critiques and demonstrations are designed to help you translate images into shades of gray, and to learn to visualize the landscape and create portraits in black and white. We will work on optimizing film capture and processing for digital conversions, as well as controlling local contrast while shooting black and white images. 

We will also explore the possibilities of using the digital camera and flatbed scanner for moving the analog image into the computer. Lightroom and Photoshop will be utilized for image refinement. You will also learn about digital camera color-capture for black and white conversion, as well as advanced black and white output methods for inkjet printing.

Skill Level: Advanced beginner and above. Basic black and white film processing skills required.
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $30 – This workshop’s $30 lab fee includes film developer, stop bath, film fixer, photo flo, and negative sheets. You will be asked to bring additional materials, including a 35mm or medium format camera.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Christopher Broughton has been a photographer and educator for over 30 years, teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the US and France. His teaching experience includes classes in digital photography, photography as fine art, Ansel Adams’ “Zone System,” street photography, and more. His extensive black and white experience allows him to straddle the use of both classic emulsion-based materials as well as contemporary digital tools. Christopher taught for over 20 years at Brooks Institute of Photography, where he received both his BA and MS, and currently teaches at Mount Saint Mary’s University and Antelope Valley College.

Website: www.christopherbroughton.com

Instagram: @chris_broughton

Wet-Cyanotype Printmaking Basics

Lesley Riley
June 15 – 16

Wet-Cyanotype printmaking is a very liberating process that enables you to make something that is, for the most part, out of your control. It releases the angst that can come with artmaking – the absolute simplicity of the nearly fail-safe technique and chemistry almost guarantees that you will make a successful print within a short time. 

In this easy, fun and serendipitous workshop, you will start with the basics of cyanotype printing and quickly move on to the many variables that make wet-cyanotype printing so magically delicious. You will learn all my methods, tips, tricks and best practices regarding: paper, fabric, plants, water, water application, workspace setup, contact printing, alternative materials, solution mixing and application, additives that change the chemistry and color, timing and temperature, troubleshooting results, and most importantly, what not to do.

While your prints are cooking in the sun, you will explore monoprinting plants with GOLDEN OPEN paints and Gelli® plates, as well as GOLDEN Paints, Mediums, stencils and leaves to create faux wet-cyan. 

You will leave with a library of possibilities and an encyclopedia of techniques.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $370, $755 if taken with Advanced Wet-Cyanotype
Lab Fee: $30 – This workshop’s $30 lab fee includes cyanotype solution, brush, contact plates, GOLDEN® Paint & mediums, Gelli® plates, additives, solutions, and other shared and individual items. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Lesley Riley is an internationally known instructor, author and multi-media artist working in botanical printing, mixed and digital media, paint, and fabric. Lesley is a pioneer in taking the 150-year old cyanotype process into the modern digital age, blending the classic and contemporary to create truly unique botanical art. Camera-less photographic blueprints become the bones for her subsequent 21st century digital artistry, combining layers of pattern and color culled from her own artwork and photographs. She has authored 8 books, served as contributing editor for Cloth Paper Scissors, filmed 5 DVDs, and appeared on several TV shows.

Website: www.LesleyRiley.com 

Instagram: @lrileyart

Facebook: Lesley Riley Artist

Advanced Wet-Cyanotype Printmaking Portfolio

Lesley Riley
June 17 – 19

In this three-day advanced workshop, you will take a more artistic approach to the wet-cyanotype basics. While the process is inherently unpredictable, there are tips and tricks to achieve what I call “planned serendipity”. The focus will be on design, composition, scale, color and exploration as you refine your technique, define your wet-cyan style and create a wet-cyan art portfolio. 

A variety of post-print processing techniques and tools will be demonstrated, with ongoing one-on-one support and class discussion. You will be guided through hands-on demonstrations and discussions of digital editing and layering. 

You will gather your work into a handmade, expandable portfolio using the fabrics and papers you create in the workshop. At workshop’s end, you will have something you are proud to show and happy to tell everyone about.

Skill Level: Wet-Cyanotype experience strongly recommended
Tuition: $495, $755 if taken with Wet-Cyanotype Printmaking Basics
Lab Fee: $20 – This workshop’s $20 lab fee includes cyanotype solution, contact plates, additives, post-processing materials, development solutions, and other shared and individual items. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Lesley Riley is an internationally known instructor, author and multi-media artist working in botanical printing, mixed and digital media, paint, and fabric. Lesley is a pioneer in taking the 150-year old cyanotype process into the modern digital age, blending the classic and contemporary to create truly unique botanical art. Camera-less photographic blueprints become the bones for her subsequent 21st century digital artistry, combining layers of pattern and color culled from her own artwork and photographs. She has authored 8 books, served as contributing editor for Cloth Paper Scissors, filmed 5 DVDs, and appeared on several TV shows.

Website: www.LesleyRiley.com 

Instagram: @lrileyart

Facebook: Lesley Riley Artist

Layered Monotype with a Side of Solarplate

Ron Pokrasso
June 22 – 26

Using monotype as your primary technique, you will learn how to incorporate multiple plates and collage elements to create your own richly layered compositions. Learn how to think in layers, where many options become available in one or more impressions. While you have a monotype plate in progress, you may decide to incorporate a background plate and perhaps a collage element or even an intaglio plate. 

This workshop includes a section on Solarplate, a contemporary plate making processes using UV light and non-toxic materials without traditional grounds and acids to produce repeatable intaglio images. With Solarplate you may draw, paint, collage, photocopy, or use computer generated images to create a positive transparency. The image from the transparency is transferred under UV light to the surface of the plate. The plate is developed in water and then printed. 

You will learn various inking, printing and registration techniques, and with so many surfaces, the mixing and matching of imagery has the potential to move you into exciting new directions. Ron will use Akua water-based non-toxic inks and modifiers to demonstrate various techniques, which he will intersperse with art-making philosophies. This workshop is intensive, enriching and eco-friendly.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $100 – This workshop’s $100 lab fee includes inks, solvents, 1 8×10” Solarplate, transparency film, adhesives, 5 sheets Arches 88 paper. Additional paper will be available for purchase in class. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 12 students

Ron Pokrasso earned his MFA from Pratt Institute in 1975 and has had more than 50 solo exhibitions and 175 group shows. His work is in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the US and abroad and is featured in several books. He originated the printmaking event “Monothon” and has been an ardent supporter of arts programs for youth. His teaching experience includes universities, museums, public schools and private workshops, as well as artist residencies in the US, Scotland, Ireland and Italy.

Website: www.ronpokrasso.com

 

The Joy of iPhoneography: Photography Using Mobile Devices

Meri Aaron Walker
June 29 – July 3

Enjoy a week of hands-on shooting and editing activities designed to boost your skill and build your creative confidence using an iPhone or iPad to make meaningful photographs and works of art.

In this workshop, you will learn how to unlock the professional and high-resolution image-making capabilities of your familiar iPhone and take an in-depth tour of the core mechanics of photography as a medium. Fast-paced, interactive class discussions utilize Apple TV, AirDrop, and more Apple tools to seamlessly share ideas and images in real time.

You can expect to expand your personal creativity and enhance your artistic vision through daily hands-on practice with high-end shooting and editing apps that yield professional results. The apps introduced in class will help you compose, tune, retouch, stylize, and finish images for the web or for large format inkjet printing. You will walk away with a new depth of understanding about yourself, your iPhone’s capabilities, and images you never imagined you could make with a mobile device.

This workshop also includes a crash course in using social media wisely for your creative practice. Keep connected to your instructor for 60 days after the workshop for continued guidance and support!

You are encouraged to stay for the two-day followup session, From Screen to Print: Printing Your Mobile Photos. Click here to hear an awesome podcast with Meri and Heather Companiott, the Director of the Adult Arts Programs at Idyllwild Arts.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: This workshop has no lab fee. You will be asked to bring all materials, including an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Meri Aaron Walker has been a photographer and printmaker for over 50 years. For the last ten years, she has used only her iPhones and iPads to make images that have been widely awarded and collected, including a recent purchase by Harvard Medical School for their Transformational Medicine Building. Meri has an MA from the University of Texas, Austin, where she also taught photography. She has extensive experience in photojournalism, fine art photography, and printmaking. She has been invited to jury six national and international mobile photography exhibitions. Meri lives in Talent, OR.

Website: www.iphoneartgirl.com

Instagram: @iphoneartgirl

Twitter: @iphoneartgirl

 

From Screen to Print: Printing Your Mobile Photos

Meri Aaron Walker
July 4 – 5

Mastering shooting apps and editing processes that generate images we love seeing on screens is just the first part of the joy that iPhoneography can bring mobile photographers and artists.

If you’ve got iPhone/iPad images you love, but have been scared to print, this two-day follow-up session to “The Joy of iPhoneography” will help you break through to part two.

You will learn the basics of mobile digital printing and work with the instructor to bring several of your images off the screen and onto paper. Expect to go home with a new understanding of the myriad differences between back-lit images and skillful digital prints, and a new confidence about bringing your work out of the phone and onto a wall.

Skill Level: Basic familiarity with Adobe Photoshop’s printing capacities, and completion of The Joy of iPhoneography or  another mobile imaging workshop with the instructor; OR a telephone interview with the instructor.
Tuition: $370, $320 if taken with The Joy of iPhoneography
Lab Fee: $55 – This workshop’s $55 lab fee includes 5-7 large sheets of Epson and/or Canon printing paper, printer inks, and shared supplies. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 6 students

Meri Aaron Walker has been a photographer and printmaker for over 50 years. For the last ten years, she has used only her iPhones and iPads to make images that have been widely awarded and collected, including a recent purchase by Harvard Medical School for their Transformational Medicine Building. Meri has an MA from the University of Texas, Austin, where she also taught photography. She has extensive experience in photojournalism, fine art photography, and printmaking. She has been invited to jury six national and international mobile photography exhibitions. Meri lives in Talent, OR.

Website: www.iphoneartgirl.com

Instagram: @iphoneartgirl

Twitter: @iphoneartgirl

 

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