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.
The printmaking open studio is reserved for those students who have been approved by Holly Bird, instructor. Holly will determine when the studio will be open for students to work on their own projects without instruction.
Please call the art center before registering.
This course allows all levels of experience to experiment in the process of relief printmaking. From those who are print-curious to advanced printmakers, students will be inspired by their own creative explorations, as well as the processes of others. This class will explore relief carving through variations in materials, technique and printing procedures that can be translated from traditional studio to home studio settings. Materials fee covers three linoleum and/or wood blocks for carving.