Summer Workshops: Cool Nights

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

Here is My Summer Schedule of Workshops

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 Summer 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 companions, Monotype Portfolio and Monoprint Mad Science, are now being offered on Sunday afternoons in Spring and Fall. 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. One session this Summer, which is filling fairly quickly so sign up soon!  It starts June 18, and runs for 4 weeks on Tuesdays, 6-9:30 PM.

Monoprint Mad Science: It is a companion to Monotype Portfolio, intended for those who’ve had Monotype Starter or a previous printmaking class, or perhaps some art school experience, and explores quick and fanciful techniques to incorporate relief, dry point, collograph and other repeatable elements, into monotypes, using everyday materials. Next one starts after the Starter workshop, July 23 and runs 5 weeks Tuesdays at 6-9:30 PM. Register soon!

Monoprint Mad Science for Teens! As part of the Art Students League of Denver’s Summer Art Camp program, I’m teaching a week long monoprint workshop for kids 13-17 YO. Dates are July 8-12. The major difference from the adult version is that materials are provided, and they will be the Akua non-toxic inks (note: adults are free to choose which materials, Akua or traditional oil-based they want to use in all my workshops).

My Monotype Blast workshop is back for Summer! It’s an all-day weekend sampler for beginners and was popular. A lot of the prep work is done for you, you just print! 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. 

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. My Modern Intaglio: Etching Workshop will be back soon.Watch for details

My classes often fill during the Summer Art Market. Many people come down to see my booth, (#100 this year) and talk about classes they are interested in. You can then register at the ASLD booth, steps away. Or try online registration. 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 non-toxic water-based inks, which we use. They are free and open to the public. They’re on hiatus for the Summer, but will certainly be back in the Fall.


Colorado Art Educators Association Workshops: I did three in Spring this year, and they were a blast. If you are involved with this organization, you may want to watch for future workshops. I expect to be back with them, possibly late Summer or Fall.

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 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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