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"Botanical Printing & Dyeing"
July 21-25, 2024

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric/fiber for dyeing and printing; ways to secure and alter dye color on cloth; and many ways to get patterns and images on fabric with a variety of mordants and plant materials. We begin by gathering as many of our printing and dyeing plants as possible from the surrounding area. Then we explore dyeing solid and mottled colors with botanical pigments both individually and in combination; printing plant materials onto fabrics; eco-printing and dyeing together; and using some simple shibori techniques in conjunction with eco-printing and dyeing.
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374

"Making and Printing Linocuts"
July 26-27, 2024

The workshop will show participants how to make a relief print without a press. There will be a visual lecture showcasing the variety of artists working in this medium and the history of relief printmaking from both fine art imagery making and commercial use. Jennifer Basile also introduces the materials on which these lino-blocks can be printed, guiding participants toward the best surface for their work. Participants will create works of art or repeat patterns that can be printed numerous times to make other artworks beyond their relief image.
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Jennifer Basile
Cost: $110 / $85 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458

"Monotype Workshop"
August 10-11, 2024

Monotypes are an expressive and accessible entry into printmaking: draw or paint an image on a Plexiglas plate or other surface and then print it on paper or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. Instruction will cover both hand-printing and press techniques, as well as water- and oil-based colors. Tuition includes a $10 lab fee.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Exploring Color: Screenprint Monotype"
September 14, 2024 | 11a-3p | Register by: August 20

This class will focus on using screenprinting to create abstract figures, objects, or landscapes as an introduction to screen printing and monotyping. Providing an opportunity to explore an infinite amount of ways to create prints though basic fundamentals of printmaking through a non-toxic process. Instructor Bio: Roberto Torres Mata is first generation artist from Huntington Beach, California, and Rockford, Illinois, currently active in Madison, Wisconsin. He explores the complexities of migration from human and animal movements by using multi-media to further understand the issues of migration at the border. His work has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roberto Torres Mata
Cost: $100 + $65 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Gallery
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Makers' Retreats: Linocut in Colour with Nick Morley"
November 2-9, 2024

Discover how to make linocuts in colour, using a variety of techniques. Starting with the basics of carving and printing, you will learn how to create a wide range of marks, patterns and textures to give your prints a unique look. Once you have mastered the basics, you will discover how to mix colours, control ink transparency and print in layers. You will also discover how to make beautiful colour blends to add depth and drama. Following on from the introductory sessions, you will work on your own project, with guidance from Nick, so you can explore linocut in the way you want. Nick will be on hand to give you advice and help you get the best results possible.
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Nick Morley
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £500 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
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November 2-3, 2024

Relief block printing is a fascinating method to make multiple originals of your graphic image by carving the forms and patterns into a block of linoleum or soft latex. Wonderful variations of color are achieved as we use ink our blocks in numerous colors and handprint on papers—both solid and transparent. Imagine the possibilities! In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials, all of which she will supply for you.
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738

"Ink, Print, Repeat"
June 8-13, 2025

Explore textile pattern design using DIY acrylic inks and textile paints that will leave your fabric with a soft hand and give you exactly the colors you want. Explore a multitude of ways to create richly textured “base” fabrics by applying acrylics inks with different types of brush-strokes, sponges, altering ink and water ratios, adding salt, mono-printing, and scrunching, as well as pleating, stitching, clamping and pole wrapping fabric with a variety of shibori techniques. Learn how to successfully print with foam, rubber and wood stamps. Master screen printing with thermofax screens, then apply pattern design principles using various types of repeats to print on your textured “base” fabrics. It’ll be a blast of inspiration, innovation, information and fun.
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Judy Coates Perez
Cost: $1144 + Materials fee
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374

"Makers' Retreats: Exploring Lino Cut with Emily Robertson"
September 6-13, 2025

Throughout the week you will be introduced to the art of lino cut printmaking with Emily Robertson. Drawing inspiration from the luxuriant, natural environment of Clos Mirabel and its surrounds, Emily will guide you in the creation of your own lino cut prints. She will demonstrate the full lino printmaking process; drawing designs, carving & printing by hand. This course is suitable for any level of experience. You will be taught techniques that can easily be used for work you can create back home, as well as ways to improve the quality and even consistency of your prints.
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Emily Robertson
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
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