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.

Courses - All programs below are open for enrollment unless indicated.

Exploring Printmaking Through Monotype

Ashton Ludden
June 10-14 

In this workshop, you will create one-of-a-kind hand-printed images using monotype: a fun, easy, and instantly-gratifying printmaking technique. Monotypes are unusual in that there is total flexibility within the medium, unlike other printmaking techniques. It offers an opportunity to experiment with imagery, color separation, markmaking, tone, and texture that can be tailored to the level and requirements of each artist. You will explore the wide variety of aesthetics achieved through this print method by learning how to utilize transparent layers, cut stencils, blend rolls, additive & subtractive painting, chine collé, trace monotype, and a bonus relief block demonstration! There will also be helpful tips and tricks on ink mixing, registration, and troubleshooting print errors. Students will be using an 8” x 10” plate to create their prints and should plan images accordingly (if planning ahead).

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $95, includes inks, solvents, 1- 8×10 Lexan plate, 2 sheets Rives BFK – 22” x 30”, use of tools and equipment; you will be asked to bring additional materials. Additional paper may be purchased in class.
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Enrollment limited to 10 students

Ashton Ludden is a printmaker, educator and sign artist. Her hand-engraved prints initiate a conversation about our relationship with wild animals. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee and her BFA in Engraving Arts and Printmaking from Emporia State University. Ashton’s prints have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally as well as at animal education and welfare conferences. Currently, she is an artist member of the Vacuum Shop Studios Collaborative and the lead sign artist for Trader Joe’s in Knoxville, TN. @ashton_ludden

Making Multiples: Block Printing

Linda Santana
June 17-21

Come learn the basics of block printing. This workshop will introduce image transfer techniques, carving techniques, printing with and without a press, and editioning. You will use simple carving tools, non-toxic water-based ink and learn about Eastern and Western paper. You can take a fine art approach, or use your blocks to print on cards, stickers, or fabric. As well, you will have the option of participating in a group portfolio exchange.

Skill level: All levels from beginners to artists wanting to expand their practice.
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $30, includes Wood blocks, Japanese paper, ink, cards, gloves.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Linda Lucía Santana earned her BA in printmaking and anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA in printmaking from the University of North Texas. In 2014 Linda was named one of “13 Young Latina Artists Changing the Contemporary Art Landscape” by the Huffington Post. Recently, she’s been an Artist in Residence at CreArtive Istanbul in Turkey and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Linda is currently the printmaking coordinator at Idyllwild Arts Academy where she teaches printmaking, professional practices, and metalsmithing.

iPhoneography: It’s Not Just Luck

Meri Walker
June 24-28

The serious and deliberate use of a smartphone for image capture, digital editing, and exhibition is a rapidly developing new art movement that offers practitioners extraordinary access to their personal creativity, radically expanded vision and deep joy.

The right apps and some new skills are needed to achieve consistent clarity and beauty from iPhone (and iPad) images, but time spent learning is fun and so worth the investment. In this workshop you will receive a list of apps upon enrollment, will learn to use them and will be eligible to continue practice for 90 days after the workshop in a private class blog. Expect daily hands-on practice under the trained eye of Meri Walker, a widely shown and globally awarded iPhone artist who has worked only with mobile devices for the last 10 years.

About her own creative process, Meri says: “Capturing, editing and sharing mobile images is a rich, highly pleasurable meaning-making process that takes time. Sometimes quite a lot of time. Other times, it’s so fast it makes me laugh out loud. My efforts bring a sense of joy and a depth of emotional and intellectual connection to my life – and to the lives of others – through images I never might have imagined were possible before I started using an iPhone to make “serious” pictures.”

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: $55, includes 5-7 sheets Epson printing paper, printer inks, and shared supplies; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Download Here
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Meri Aaron Walker has been a photographer and printmaker for over 50 years. Ten years ago, she put down her traditional camera gear, stepped away from computer image editing and printmaking to concentrate on mobile imaging using only her iPhones and iPads. She has received 50+ awards for her mobile images which have been widely collected, including a recent purchase by Harvard Medical School for their Transformational Medicine Building. Meri has an MA from UT Austin where she also taught photography, and has a extensive experience in photojournalism, fine art photography and printmaking. She lives in Talent, OR.

Exploring Tintype Photography

Nathan Lomas
July 1-5

Return to the roots of photography with this intensive workshop that explores the medium of the tintype. Tintype photographs are a direct-positive photographic process (also referred to as wet plate collodion) that was prevalent from the 1850’s to the 1880’s. The technique involves the use of large format cameras, metal plates, and a series of chemical processes to produce one of a kind images.

In this week-long workshop, you will start at the beginning as we discuss the techniques of using the large format 4×5” view camera, and then begin focusing on the chemical process for tintype image-making. The finished product of a tintype plate is all in the technique; with factors such as how you pour and process your plate, no two images will be quite alike.

You are invited to bring objects and materials that you would like to use to create personalized still life scenes. This is a great way to begin practicing both the use of the camera, as well as the chemical process. Then, we will move on to making gorgeous portrait images. You will have a wonderful new skill set based in some of the earliest traditions of photography, and many tintype images to take home.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $120, includes use of 4×5 large format cameras & lenses, Speedotron studio lighting, and other equipment; 40+ plates, all chemicals/consumable materials. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
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Enrollment limited to 8 students

Nathan Lomas is a photographer, artist, and educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA from the College for Creative Studies. He is an adjunct professor at Academy of Art University San Francisco, teaching courses in both the Photography and Advertising departments. He is also the owner of Heritage Tintype Parlor, a portrait studio specializing in wet plate collodion photography.

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