Update on Future Workshops

Drypoint plate with press

Workshops for Winter/Spring 2022

There is a 1-day sampler in February that is registering now, and over half full, a 4 week beginner class in March, and a Portfolio class for more experienced monotype artists after that. Kid’s Camps are also being scheduled for Summer, and those will feature a Mad Science Monotypes class for 14-17 year olds, mid July; and a new Print Fun class for 6-7 YO, late June. These are tentative dates, and I’ll post a firm schedule later on.

The Art Students League of Denver web site is open now for registration for February classes. The details and links for every class I’m offering this Winter/Spring are below. There will be a limit of 8 per class, with defined single occupancy work areas, and more time reserved for our cleaning protocols, which were strict before, and will now be crucial. Class times will be staggered to reduce crowding in the halls. The general descriptions are below. There are descriptions for other classes I will be offering in the future and links to videos I’ve made about monotypes, as well.

Registering Now! My Monotype Blast workshop is an all-day weekend sampler for beginners.  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. February 12, 9-4 PM Register Here

Monotype Starter: Intended as a step-by-step tutorial on the basics of printing and print room protocol. This is a live, in-studio class. You will be certified to use the room independently upon completion. 3/8/22-3/29/22, Tuesdays 1-4 PM and runs for 4 weeks. Register, beginning February 8, here.

Monotype Portfolio: is for people who’ve had printmaking experience ( such as Monotype Starter, above) and who want to continue their explorations. We do a refresher in color, then march bravely forward into Chine Colle, and other more advanced techniques. Advice is available for framing and entering work into shows, too. Your second career awaits! I will offer this again 4/5/22-5/3/22 1-4 PM Registration begins 3/8.

Not Offered This Spring, But Coming In The Future

Monoprint Mad Science: It is a companion to Monotype Portfolio, and a step forward from Monotype Starter. It’s 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. The Summer Art Market is a good place to register for classes. But the class may fill up fast with the distancing limits, so consider registering as early as possible.

Mad Science Monotypes (Online): There is a lot of printmaking fun that can be done at home, with hand-rolling and up-cycled materials. Fast-paced class introduces print concepts, and easy clean-up.

my online class, featuring the non-toxic and non-odorous Akua water soluble inks will attract those outside the metro area. Online classes are NOT as limited for size, if you live out of town and have been wanting to learn about my techniques, welcome!

Monotypes At Home (Online): features hand rolling techniques for home printmaking and is offered as an online course. I will be offering this again in the future, stay tuned.

Non Toxic Etching: 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 when demand justifies. It’s on indefinite hiatus as we re-align and concentrate on new protocols.

Kids Camp Workshops For Summer: These are for kids aged 14-17 years old.

Mad Science Monotypes: In-studio class for teens, space limited for social distancing.

Denver Public Library Workshops

No word on when the Library will open for classes again.

Videos and Writings About Monotypes

I did make a video focussing on hand-rolled monotypes using Akua water-based inks, and that is available free, here. I converted this, along with my 5 years’ experience teaching hand rolling printing at libraries around the Front Range to an online program of 4 weekly sessions. We can’t do everything we can do in studio, on a press. But we can do a lot, and anyone who does have a press in their home studio is welcome to join, too.

The links for scheduled classes will activate upon opening so check back. 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 multi-part monotype course, Monotype Starter, and its follow-up companion, Monotype Portfolio (note: adults are free to choose which materials, water based Akua or traditional oil-based inks they want to use in all my workshops).

For a fun, impressionistic overview of monotype technique, watch this short video I produced at Denver’s Open Press Studio.

Chair with Small Ghost Chair, 2021. Featuring elements of Trace Monotype, Resist, Viscosity during 3 separate layers.

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 

You call call a real human registrar at 303.778.6990. Or try online registration. There is a new waiting list function, which I recommend, as there are often last minute cancellations.

With all workshops, the emphasis is on fun,  safe 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! 

@ArtstudentsLeagueDenver @Joehigginsmonotypes

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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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