Introduction to basic and safe methods of etching with a non-acid solution (ferric chloride) using copper plates. Some drawing and printmaking experience would be helpful for artists completely new to etching. Those with more experience can expand on their printmaking work. Mezzotints and other techniques will be offered, the use of a large etching press will also be covered. Please register early so we can order the necessary plates, and if possible, try to have a 3" x 5" sketch in mind for the first class.
Introduction to block relief printing in linocut techniques. Working in oil-based inks, we will explore one-color, reduction and multiple block prints, transferring images by hand with a baren and/or wooden tools and also by using the large DFAC press. There will be a class handout and discussion of the history of relief printing; choosing subject matter; the importance of design; preparing images for maximum contrast and interest; pre-planning for multiple colors, carving techniques and tools for wood or linocut; block registration methods and printing techniques. Woodcut is an option for students and will be discussed.
Zines are typically small self published works that are reproduced on copy machines and traded between creators. Come make your first (or your fiftieth) zine in this fun introductory workshop! You don't have to be a professional cartoonist to draw a zine--your zine can be more about text or collage than drawing if you prefer. Zines can be funny, poetic, newsy, about a hobby, or whatever you want to express! You'll learn to fold a small 8 page "mini-zine" made from a single sheet of paper. After you've created your zine we'll copy them and trade among members of the class so you'll go home with a great start to a new zine collection of your very own!
Your instructor, Coralette, has participated in numerous "zine-fests" in both Tampa and St. Petersburg and is addicted to collecting and trading these treasures!
There is a $10 supply fee payable to the instructor
Local Artist Coralette Damme is going to share her special stamp carving secrets with you during this fun workshop! In just a couple of hours you will experience the thrill of turning your own simple design into a permanent rubber stamp! Supplies and tools needed to carve a rubber stamp and print a few greeting cards will be provided, all you need to bring is an image and a friend! Your image can be a simple drawing --thick lines work best for your first effort--or a black and white copy of a photograph. Images should be about the size of a business card. If you don't know what to make don't worry! You can make a monogram of your initials or even just an abstract pattern. You'll enjoy learning the basic process of relief printing as you carve your rubber stamps, as similar technique is used to create more elaborate linocut prints! A $10 materials fee will be payable to the instructor.
This is a 1 day workshop.
Learn a simple yet effective process for making your own screen prints that you can continue to do at home! You'll learn how to use every day materials to create a simple silkscreen design and print it on your own tea towel! Simple designs with thick lines(think fat marker not skinny pencil lines) or shapes work best--don't know what to make? How about a monogram of your initials or some symbol that you identify with... or work from a black and white photo (not shades of gray) You'll make a single color image about 5x5 inches in size. Bring extra T-shirts, bags or other fabric items to print if desired. If you have one, a hair blower is useful for quickening the drying process.
A $15 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor.
Relief printmaking will be available to artists who want to: explore the time-honored print-making medium; work collaboratively with other artists; do their own thing with time on the press. We can work together in a studio environment and help each other with visual problem-solving, new printmaking techniques, and variations with ink and image. Emphasis is on creating image multiplications and sharing discoveries and expertise all in a Friday-night-vibe atmosphere. Artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies or can obtain a materials list for the class. Small materials fee will cover costs for ink and chemicals Copperplate etching is an option for those interested.