Photopolymer Summer Camp

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Photopolymer Summer Camp

August 6 @ 10:00 am - August 10 @ 5:00 pm


Tuesday-Saturday, August 6-10, 10 AM-5 PM

with Nancy Diessner

Experience photopolymer in and out of the studio- no need for a tent!

Photopolymer printmaking often attracts artists interested in using the photographic in their work but not necessarily stopping there. In this workshop we’ve prioritized working with your images and plates—whether your interest is in developing photogravure-quality prints or transforming the photographic with color, drawing, plate transformations, or digital manipulation. In this workshop, to be able to dedicate more of our time to the more creative aspects of working with photopolymer plates, your film positives will be printed for you from your prepared images, and there is an option for those who would like it to also have your plates made for you.

This workshop begins with a photographic excursion outside of the studio to various locations, capturing images for your workshop projects. From there we’ll return to the studio and go over the photopolymer platemaking steps, emphasizing the best practices for preparing images and creating plates in Zea Mays’ unique photopolymer setup.

From the photographs taken during our excursion, participants will develop a project that you will work on over the remaining days of the workshop. Each participant will have one 16” x 23” photopolymer plate to divide as your project requires. The sizes of your plates are up to you and how you want to approach your own project. For example, you might create a suite of small monochrome prints of urban architecture or landscape. Others might be interested in creating larger plates and printing them as colored multi-plate prints of flora, fauna, or portraits. Still others might be interested in a more experimental approach, and alter their photographs, positives, and/or plates, and create a small series of prints that play with the photographic quality of the images but go beyond that with added hand work. There are so many options! We do want to stress that because your positives and even plates will be made for you, you will have more time to focus and develop your project.

Nancy will tailor demonstrations of various technical processes to suit the projects of the participants. It’s likely that we’ll be covering multi-plate color registration and printing; contact platemaking at the exposure unit; plate and positive transformation; chine collé and a la poupé techniques; and how to manipulate images in Photoshop and by hand to work in a compelling way with the photopolymer process. Participants can work on their projects while Nancy is demonstrating if a particular technique is not of interest. And, of course, the critical input and feedback on each person’s project from the group as a whole will be an important component of this experience. The studio will be our open workshop where exciting things will be happening for each participant!

About the Instructor:

Nancy Diessner began her teaching career as a college professor teaching printmaking, art history, and interdisciplinary studies. After nearly 20 years of college teaching she transitioned to teaching workshops in photopolymer intaglio. She shows at Bromfield Gallery in Boston and her work is in several private and public collections, including Yale University, Wellesley College, and the Boston Public Library.



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Photopolymer Summer Camp
$720 + $80 materials fee. If you are a Zea Mays Printmaking member, log in to receive 10% off.
$ 800.00
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August 6 @ 10:00 am
August 10 @ 5:00 pm
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Zea Mays Printmaking
(413) 584-1783
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Zea Mays Printmaking
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Florence, MA 01062 United States
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