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.
Layered Monotype With a Side of Solarplate
June 10-14 (Sunday-Thursday)
Using monotype as the 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 process 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. Various inking, printing and registration techniques will be taught and with so many surfaces, your options will become endless and 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
Lab Fee: $95, includes inks, solvents, 1- 8×10 Solarplate, use of tools and equipment; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Ron Pokrasso earned his MFA from Pratt Institute in 1975 and has had more than 40 solo exhibitions and 150 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. www.ronpokrasso.com
Adventures in Woodcut Printmaking
Design, execute and edition your own multi-block color woodcut (15” x 20”). You will conceptualize an image, develop a color sketch, cut the woodblocks and ultimately print them. Your instructor, Sean, will guide you as you explore new and different ways to incorporate color into your printmaking process. Sean will discuss tool and equipment safety, and give an overview of printmaking history and contemporary printmakers. And no need to limit yourself to paper – why not create your own wearable art by printing your woodblocks directly onto T-shirts and other fabric?
Skill level: All levels
Lab Fee: $50, includes inks, Baltic birch plywood, 5 sheets 15”x12” Rives BFK, use of tools and equipment; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Sean Starwars lives in Laurel, MS. He earned an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University, and has been making bright, colorful woodcuts for more than 20 years. Sean is a member of the legendary Outlaw Printmakers, a handful of printmakers who have reshaped the visual landscape of printmaking across academia. His work is in many public and private collections, and may be seen on book covers, album covers, magazines, television programs, commercials and film. He makes about a dozen visiting artist appearances a year at many of the nation’s leading art programs. www.seanstarwars.com
iPhoneography: Master Mobile Digital Photography & Art
Stretch your mobile shooting and image-editing practices beyond the basic camera and editing tools like Snapseed into the realms of high-end editing and painting tools you can use right on your iPhone and iPad. Learn to combine photos into rich composite images and master mobile editing routines in iColorama, Procreate, Stackables and other high-end editing apps you can use anywhere – without having to go home and strap yourself to a desktop computer to make professional quality artwork. Through this class, you will have access to a private group blog that you can continue using after the class ends to share inspiration, answer questions, and build your learning community with fellow students. The hands-on approach will push you to use the techniques you learn.
Skill Level: Basic iPhone camera photography skills, basic familiarity with photography and printmaking terms and processes, and comfort accessing the App Store and iTunes will be necessary. This class is for Intermediate users of iPhone and iPad photography and apps and will not cover basic photography principles.
Lab Fee: $55, includes 5-7 sheets Epson printing paper, printer inks, and shared supplies; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Meri Aaron Walker, aka iPhoneArtGirl, taught art photography and photojournalism while exhibiting and publishing for more than four decades. For the last nine years, Meri has worked solely with mobile image-making technologies while teaching artists, students, and members of professional arts associations. Her work is featured on the top mobile photography websites. Harvard Medical School acquired seven large prints of Meri’s for permanent display in their new Transformational Medicine Building. She has juried international mobile photography exhibitions, taught at the Mobile Digital Art and Creativity Summit and for the Cape Cod Art Association, Merrimack College, and at Apple in Boston. www.iphoneartgirl.com and www.instagram.com/iphoneartgirl