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.
With Holly Bird and Gail Gamble. Sign your artwork in a distinctive and creative way! In China, the chop has the same weight and authority as a signature does in Western culture. The use of a chop, or seal, started thousands of years ago and continues to this day. In this one-day workshop, you’ll design your own image and carve it into a soapstone blank. Any image or text: traditional, Western or your own design can be used. By the end of the workshop your chop will be ready for use. You will receive a Chop Carving Kit with 2 chops and all the materials you will need to proceed on your own. Additional blanks will be available for purchase.
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
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.