Workshops For Spring 2019: Conversation And Creativity

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The Art Students League of Denver- Creaky floors, big bright windows, and the occasional bat in the belfry.

Here is the Spring 2019 workshop and demo schedule:

I teach workshops in one-of-a-kind printmaking techniques (monotypes), and also non-toxic intaglio at the Art Students League of Denver, and other places. Here’s a preliminary look at my Spring schedule. I’ll add more details later. 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. Only one session this Winter/Spring, so sign up soon!  It starts January 20, and runs for 4 weeks on Sundays, 1-4:30.

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 after the Starter workshop, April 28 and runs 5 weeks Sundays at 1-4:30. Only one session this Spring, so register soon!

My Monotype Blast workshop is on hiatus this Spring. It’ll be back, probably for Summer. It’s an all-day weekend sampler for beginners and was popular. 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.

Monoprint Mad Science! The first one went very well, and is also on hiatus for Spring, but will be back in Summer. 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.

News! I’ll be teaching a pair of non-toxic Modern Intaglio courses this Spring. 

I’ve taken a week long series of workshops in non toxic intaglio, as I describe here. These techniques provide all the effects of traditional etching techniques, but without using toxic inhalants, acids or grounds. I have two workshops in those techniques in Spring 2019, beginning with Modern Intaglio: Etching, March 26, and for four Tuesdays, 6-9:30 PM.

Another, Modern Intaglio: Photopolymer, begins April 30, and runs on four Tuesdays, 6-9:30 PM.

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.

 January 9, Schlessman Branch, 1st Ave. and Quebec St, 5:30-7 PM

January 22, Gonzales Branch, Colfax and Irving, 5:30-7

February 26, Gonzales Branch, Colfax and Irving, 5:30-7 PM

March 5, Montbello, 5:30-7 PM

March 27, Green Valley Ranch, 5:30-7 PM

April 17, Schlessman Branch, 1st and Quebec, 5:30-7 PM

May 13, Hadley Branch, 5:30-7 PM

Colorado Art Educators Association Workshops: If you are involved with this organization, you may want to watch for a series of professional development workshops I’ll be giving through them this Winter/Spring, including at their conference in March. The next one is January 29.

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!

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With three 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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