Pronto/Mono Mash-up

Saturday & Sunday, October 25-26, 2014, 10-5
In this team-taught workshop, you’ll be approaching Polyester Plate (Pronto) printmaking with a monotype attitude, combining lithography with painting, drawing, and collage in creating your prints. Pronto Plates are thin lithographic plates that feel and look a bit like vellum, but are one of the simplest, most direct, and versatile methods of making lithographic prints.

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Introduction to Photopolymer Printmaking

Saturday & Sunday, November 1 -2, 2014, 10-5
This workshop is an introduction to working with Toyobo Printight plates, a photopolymer plate that is very sensitive to photo-based imagery as well as direct drawing. In fact, the process is so versatile that it can accommodate nearly any type of imagery or visual approach you’re interested in bringing to it. The plates can yield prints with rich, luscious blacks, delicate tones, or lines that sensitively translate the texture of the drawing tool.

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Improvisation with Monotype and Collage

Saturday & Sunday, November 15 - 16, 2014, 10-5
Play and improvise in this workshop as a means to generate ideas, expand visual vocabulary and put to use accumulated printed material. Collage is an art form all on its own, but it can be a vehicle to conduct experiments too. Collage can encourage visual surprise, allowing for chance moments to loosen up any art making practice.

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Sumi-e Woodcut

Friday-Sunday, December 5-7, 2014, 10-5
Sumi-e is the term for the black ink used in Japanese brush painting. This workshop will apply painterly brush work to woodcut printmaking. Creating a painterly woodcut is an excellent way to infuse your working practice with spontaneous energy.

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Color Photo-based Printmaking

Saturday & Sunday, December 13 & 14, 2014, 10-5
This workshop will introduce students to a 4-color Photopolymer Intaglio printmaking process that simulates photogravure and takes a digital photograph to the next level of artistic expression.

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Embossing on the Press

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10-5
Add depth and dimension to your prints while learning best practices for embossing on an etching press. In this workshop you will learn how to safely use the press for embossing techniques to create textures and shapes on your prints or on unprinted papers.

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Printmaking for Painters

Saturday & Sunday, February 7 & 8, 2015, 10-5
Monotype, the painterly technique, offers great flexibility in mark making and color layering, and is one of the most direct ways of making a print. This workshop will take a painterly approach to making prints on paper.

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WordPress for the artist: Building an online portfolio

Saturday & Sunday, January 31-February 1, 2015, 10-5
Having a website is one of the most effective promotional tools for the artist. WordPress is an online, website creation tool and has a wealth of plug-ins and ready-made themes available to build beautiful websites quickly. Castonguay will demystify the process and guiding you through all the steps for creating your own website. Basic computer knowledge required.

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February Vacation Monotype Exploration

Tuesday-Thursday, February 16-19, 2014
This workshop is designed for teachers who are on vacation, or anyone wanting to relax and explore their own creative process through the printmaking medium of monotype with water-based inks.

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Working the Etched Plate

Saturday & Sunday, March 7-8, 2015, 10-5
Etching provides artists with wonderful opportunities to rework metal plates. This workshop will focus on pushing existing etching plates to more successful resolutions by adding and removing line, tone, texture and the use of different inking strategies.

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Funky Stuff Photopolymer – Advanced Approaches

Saturday & Sunday, March 21-22, 2015, 10-5
Learning the basic steps of exposing and developing a photopolymer plate can sometimes seem intense, but in this workshop we let exploration, risk, and adventure inspire us to intervene in all stages of image-making, plate-making, and printing to see what happens and what can be done with it creatively. We’ll mess with the film positives—not just scraping, scratching, and drawing, but washing away parts of the image—and we’ll also play with contact exposures and unorthodox exposure and plate development.

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Tuesday Morning Monotype Workshop

Tuesday Mornings, 10-2, April 7- May 5, 2015
In this weekly workshop, participants will be encouraged to develop personal print projects, and will receive individual assistance and demonstrations of a particular aspect of making a monotype on an as needed basis. Enjoy freedom with expert guidance.

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