Five Day Photopolymer Intensive: Project-Based Workshop

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Five Day Photopolymer Intensive: Project-Based Workshop

July 18 @ 10:00 am - July 22 @ 5:00 pm


Tuesday-Saturday, July 18-22, 10 AM-5 PM

with Nancy Diessner

This workshop aims to strike a balance between independent work and supportive assistance by asking participants to come to the workshop with their own project. Rather than working on a few unrelated prints just for the workshop, everyone will bring a project to develop and work on over the five days. That project can be one that will continue after the workshop is over or one that is more modest and might be completed in five days. The focus is to address each person’s individual need for technical help and conceptual feedback—to give you support where and when you need it in your own work.

Group and individual feedback, as well as technical demonstrations and consultations will be part of each day, but will be offered in response to what the participants need for their projects.  That said, several brief demonstrations will begin the workshop to make sure everyone is familiar and comfortable with the Zea Mays photopolymer workflow and basic photopolymer printing skills. After that, there will be demonstrations and support in response to individual needs:  for example, help with creating and registering multi-plate color prints, or guidance in working with drawings rather than digital imagery (by-passing the computer), or directions on how to alter your imagery or plates.

Soon after registering for this workshop, each participant will be asked to email me their project ideas, including their questions and goals for the 5 day intensive.

About the materials fee: Since each person will be working with different amounts and types of materials for this workshop, everyone can purchase their photopolymer plates, film positives, ink, and paper from the studio a la carte.

For those interested in this class but who have not worked in photopolymer in a while or who have not worked with photopolymer at Zea Mays, I can offer private or semi-private refresher classes before the workshop begins. Please call the studio to inquire about this option.

About the Instructor:

Nancy Diessner runs a small printmaking studio, Dog’s Eye Print Studio, that specializes in making and printing photopolymer plates for other artists. She also teaches photopolymer printmaking at studios across the region. Her artist’s books and photopolymer intaglio prints are in several collections, including Yale University, Wellesley College, Reed College, and various private collections.


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July 18 @ 10:00 am
July 22 @ 5:00 pm
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Zea Mays Printmaking
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