In-House Workshops

Funky Stuff Photopolymer

with Nancy Diessner

Saturday/Sunday, March 5-6, 2022, 10 AM –  5 PM

$275 non-members, $235 members, +$35 materials fee

Limited to 8 participants. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you let your hair down and just didn’t adhere strictly to the “rules” in photopolymer platemaking? Well, what can happen is that you end up with a hot mess, OR you can end up with a refreshing and exciting new way to approach printmaking.

Learning the basic steps from image preparation to processing and printing a photopolymer plate can sometimes seem intense, but in this workshop we let exploration, risk-taking, and adventure inspire us to intervene in all stages of image-making, plate-making, and printing. Our goal will be to find new ways of using these plates by changing how we approach them. We’ll mess with our film positives—not just scraping, scratching, and drawing, but washing away parts of the image—and we’ll also play with contact exposures, unorthodox exposures, and post exposure painterly additions to the plate. This workshop encourages thinking outside the box and building on what each participant brings to the workshop.

Mornings will be focused on specific group experiments and demonstrations, and afternoons will be an open workshop when participants will explore how these experiments jive with each individual’s process and creative interest.

Participants will make new plates and are encouraged to bring old plates to reuse.

This workshop would be best for those with some experience making a photopolymer plate (including Solarplates and Jet plates). Emphasis will not be on developing and exposing a photopolymer plate, but on experimental and painterly approaches to explore what the plates are capable of.  If you’re interested in this workshop but have no photopolymer experience, consider a private or semi-private intensive lesson before the workshop.

$275 ‐Non‐Members + $35 materials fee

$235 ‐Members + $35 materials fee