Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Gelli-Printing 101"
July 6, 2022

Join 25+ year professional educator Debi West for this exciting half-day workshop! Learning how to use Gelli-plates to print abstract work has never been easier! Take this workshop and learn how to explore colors and textures that will make for exciting background and collage pages for your journal and drawings, or, abstract paintings ready to frame! Debi is ready to show you her tips and tricks in one of her favorite medias, and promises this course will be a lot of fun!
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738

"Etching in Color"
Fridays, July 8 - August 12, 2022

Explore single-plate simultaneous color printing techniques, as well as multiple-plate methods with the use of shaped paper forms and acetate stencils. Monotype and chine colle additions can offer further color embellishments. All levels welcome.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Tony Rosati
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Moku Hanga: An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
July 15-17, 2022

Moku Hanga, meaning “wood print,” is a simple, centuries-old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks, and toxic solvents. By contrast, Moku Hanga utilizes only a few simple tools, a small work space, and is entirely water-based. Alfred will teach you to hand-carve and print your unique drawing from fine-grained Shina Plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper, a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years. No experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring photos or drawings you can use in creating your print. Materials fee covers papers and other supplies.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Monotype/Monoprint: Theme and Variation"
July 17-22, 2022

In this Master Printer Series workshop, each participant will work to develop a group of prints that explores a range of variations on a theme. We will work with monotype and other print techniques including woodcut, drypoint, and collograph. Over the week, each artist will work toward achieving a body of work that forms a group both thematically and aesthetically.
Location: Provincetown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Andrew Mockler
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Fine Arts Work Center
Website, email, 508-487-9960

"Paper Printing Alchemy: Botanical and Rusting Methods"
July 22-24, 2022

This workshop is for the artist who loves the unexpected alchemy that can happen when a little time and some heat are applied to plants, flowers, and papers to make a unique eco-dyed print. We will explore the use of various prep methods for printing, as well modifiers to change the colors of our final prints. Rust printing will be explored and even combined with our botanical prints to create an additional level of colors, textures, and details to a print. Students will come away from the workshop with a treasure trove of papers that can be used in collage, book making, or even stand on their own as a beautiful finished botanical print.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Monotype: The Painterly Print Workshop"
July 23, 2022

Monotype is an expressive and accessible form of printmaking, in which an image is drawn or painted on a plexiglass plate or other surface and then printed on paper or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. Students will work in small-scale in black-and-white and color, exploring both hand-printing and press techniques. Each student will come away with an edition of 4 - 10 prints. Perfect for beginning printmakers, anyone interested in drawing and painting via a new technique, or experienced printmakers who love this painterly process!
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lisa Hamilton
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
August 13-14, 2022

Team up with Audrey to create a woodblock print and explore how to hand color and use your prints. She will discuss the history and strengths of woodcut art, good subjects for woodcuts, and how to use and care for woodcut tools. You’ll practice strokes and techniques and then create and carve your original composition. You’ll ink and hand-print your work, then explore ways to add color with paints. Block sizes will be 5” x 7” or 8” x 10.” Bring sketches for your woodcut. Audrey will supply blocks, ink, paper, and tools, as well as paint and brushes.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audrey Christie
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Printing Botanicals on Paper"
August 25, 2022

Have you even wanted to capture the beautiful shape of a leaf to preserve it, so you could marvel at it again and again? In this class you will learn a natural process of direct printing of leaves onto paper to create a lasting image. We will forage on the Shake Rag Alley grounds for perfect leaves to print. In the studio, we will learn how to prepare the leaves and paper for a custom leaf image. Students will have to time to explore and experiment with an assortment of leaves and papers for additional images.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Local Color: Botanical Printing & Dyeing"
September 8-10, 2022

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric 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 our printing and dyeing plants from the area surrounding the workshop (and at home). 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. These fabrics will all have a distinct connection to the place and time of the workshop.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $350 + $30 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Photo Encaustic: Ethereal Markings and Monochrome Workshop"
October 21-23, 2022

This workshop will explore ways to further alter our photographic images through a series of markings and underpainting combined with monochromatic imagery. We will focus on incorporating embedded photo prints on thin papers such as tissue and Japanese papers, as well as image transfers to create final work that is both ethereal and richly detailed in its layers. We will start off utilizing various methods of underdrawings to bring in pattern and additional detail to our work – with wood burning tools, inks, oil paints, and encaustic. Students must have a working knowledge of encaustic, as this is an intermediate level class and basics will not be covered. See website for full details.
Location: La Grange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $450 M / $480 NM
Sponsor: La Grange Art League
Website, email, 708-352-3101

"The Black-and-White Woodcut"
October 28-30, 2022

Join Alfred to learn the principles of design that make a black-and-white image successful. You will design, carve, and print your own composition using a mix of European and Japanese techniques. Working in black-and-white expands the artist's visual vocabulary by reducing subject matter to its essential nature. Through this distillation, the artist discovers new ways of describing form and movement in what they see. Materials fee covers papers and other supplies.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


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