Workshops Archive

Beginning Photopolymer in a Pandemic – hybrid workshop

with Nancy Diessner

Section 1:  Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 2020
Friday (10-2) via ZOOM, Saturday (10-2) and Sunday (10-5) in person at Zea Mays Printmaking – this section is full – call to put your name on the waiting list

Section 2:  Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, 2020
Friday (10-2) via ZOOM, Saturday (10-2) and Sunday (10-5) in person at Zea Mays Printmaking – this section is full – call to put your name on the waiting list

$350 including materials
limited to 4 participants

We all know the necessary but frustrating restrictions in this time of the pandemic: the limitations on how we can interact with each other and the daunting number of hours spent interacting on virtual platforms. This is a special workshop that is going to combine both virtual and safe, in-person formats for learning how to work with Photopolymer plates.

Our first meeting will be over Zoom. We’ll look at prints together, discuss best practices for creating images and printing photopolymer plates, and go through the simple steps to prepare your images for these remarkably sensitive plates. Since this workshop is limited to 3 people, there will be plenty of individual attention to your specific image.

Our second meeting will be a half day in the studio darkroom where you will be preparing and exposing your photopolymer plates, and our third meeting will be a full day of printing in the studio. Zea Mays has taken significant precautions to insure social distancing and a safe environment for all. For our full day of printing, you will each have your own separate work station with materials and supplies for only your individual use. When we come closer together, everyone will have a mask and face shield. That day will be spent learning how to get the highest quality prints—with the richest darks and most nuanced tonal range—from your plate. We will also be experimenting with ink and paper options during this day.

There is the option for each person to add another day or two for private or semi-private instruction. This time could include additional platemaking to refine technique; color and multi-plate photopolymer printing; experimental alterations and hand-work on the plates and film positives; and other options that can be designed for individual interests.