Monotype Workshops For Fall 2018: Conversation, Creativity and Fun

The Art Students League of Denver- Creaky floors, big bright windows, and the occasional bat in the belfry.
Here is the Fall 2018 workshop and demo schedule: I teach workshops in one-of-a-kind printmaking techniques (monotypes) at the Art Students League of Denver, and other places. For a fun, impressionistic overview of monotype technique, watch this short video I produced at Denver’s Open Press Studio. Why Monotypes? Along with the hows of monotypes, we also discuss the whys. I treat monotype as its own medium, with its own advantages, as opposed to a way of executing in ink a drawing or painting. “Ghost” prints are prominently featured, as they provide a way forward to new discoveries which may “unblock” or push an idea in exciting ways. I review composition and color theory for those who may desire that, and we gather for friendly discussions that may provide valuable input. “Here is A Brief Essay on How and Why to Make Monotypes”  Two newer posts in the series are “How and Why to Do Black and White in Monotypes”  and “Color in Monotypes”   I’m often adding new posts that expand on class discussion. If you have questions about the things covered, click “Contact Me”. Art Students League Workshops: Register Online Here: Workshops are  given in the large, airy print studio on the second floor of the school’s historic Richardsonian Romanesque home in West Washington Park. My two-part monotype monotype course, Monotype Starter, and its follow-up, Monotype Portfolio, are now being offered on Sunday afternoons. A relaxing, post-brunch activity for football-phobics? Monotype Starter: Intended as a step-by-step tutorial on the basics of printing and print room protocol. You will be certified to use the room independently upon completion. Two sessions, the first is September 23-October 14 (4 weeks) at 1 PM-4:30 Sundays; and a Thursday evening, 6-9:30 that runs for 4 weeks October 18-November 8. Monotype Portfolio: Intended for those who’ve had a previous printmaking class, or perhaps some art school experience, and who need to work out a series or new idea, or just a print room refresher. Next one starts October 21, right after the Starter workshop, and runs 5 weeks through November 18, leaving plenty of time to frame a couple for Thanksgiving. If your guests admire them, then your holiday shopping is basically done!

My two-part monotype monotype course, Monotype Starter, and its follow-up, Monotype Portfolio, are now being offered on Sunday afternoons. A relaxing, post-brunch activity for football-phobics?

My Monotype Blast workshop, November 11, 9-4 PM,  comes just in time for Denver Arts Week, as well as holiday giving: seriously, I think handmade art makes a meaningful gift.  It’s possible for some to get 6-8 small prints done, and it’s a great way to see if you like the process enough to pursue it. New! Monoprint Mad Science! It’s intended to explore some of my more fanciful techniques, such as adding in repeatable elements, whether in down and dirty impromptu drypoint and collograph on mylar, or more durable elements such as polymer etching and drypoint on plexiglass. It is a companion to Monotype Portfolio, not really a sequel, feel free to try it after Monotype Starter. I don’t have a Moxie U sampler this Fall as I needed to concentrate on launching Mad Science. I’m hoping to design a new Moxie U for spring on “Art As Story”, as more of a lecture/presentation with subsequent discussion. Is there any interest in that? News! I’ve taken a week long series of workshops in non toxic intaglio, as I describe here. I’ve proposed workshops in those techniques in Spring 2019, though nothing is confirmed yet. Check back here for updates on new classes! There’s also been a transition to a new database for online registration. It seems to be going relatively smoothly, but if you have a problem, you can call the registrars at 303.778.6990, or contact me here, and I’ll follow up. My classes have been filling regularly, though that usually happens in the last month before they start. There is a new waiting list function with online registration, which I recommend, as there are often last minute cancellations. Denver Public Library Workshops Library workshops are drop-in style, kept very simple because I get a lot of kids-I encourage family participation, as the kids really do well when Mom or Dad is there. Again, this is a good sampler event, especially if you are curious about water-based inks, which we use. They are free and open to the public, so c’mon down and say hello. I failed to post the one I’ve already done in September; here are the remaining ones: October 10, 5:30-7, Schlessman Family Library, 100 Poplar Street. November 6, 6-7:30, Montbello Library, 12955 Albrook Drive

With all workshops, the emphasis is on fun, social interaction and unlocking creative skills. Please check back often to get the latest on upcoming workshops, or if you have questions, contact me directly by clicking “Contact Me”.  I look forward to seeing you in the print room!

With two presses and great natural light, the Art Students League print studio is a great place to unlock your creativity and make new friends.
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