Update on Future Workshops

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Workshops Returning in Autumn

Several Print Room instructors, including me, were asked to review our procedures and studio design to create social distancing in the print studio, and now the classes are (fingers crossed- #WearYourMasks) on their way back. The Art Students League of Denver web site is open now for registration for the first wave of Fall in-studio classes, along with a new selection of online offerings.

I’m doing both. I’m test-flying my November online class with a Kids Camp class as we speak, and my traditional live classes will begin on September 16 with Monotype Starter. Register for that now. Monotype Portfolio, my intermediate class will follow on October 16. Registration for that begins Sept 8.

it’s a pared down schedule, with many class rooms closed ( to store all the equipment from the now distanced open class rooms) and with fewer places for artists, so my advice is to register early if you are hankering to return to the live studio classes. There will be a limit of 6 per class, with defined single occupancy work areas, fewer common tools, 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.

Some of you are not ready for that yet. I get that, so my first online class, featuring the non-toxic and non-odorous Akua water soluble inks will debut in November. Online classes are NOT as limited for size, so it might be something to consider if you decide that live classes are not something you are ready for. Another bonus: if you live out of town and have been wanting to learn about my techniques, welcome!

We probably should have explored this before the virus forced our hands. There are differences, as I’m learning now. However, 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.

Here are the general descriptions of my various offerings below, so you can see my approach. I’ve got specific dates and links for Fall of the year whose name must never be spoken. The Denver Public Library demos would not be offered in the summer, anyway, so consider them on indefinite hiatus, and I haven’t decided whether I will do them again even if the DPL does open the Plaza program again. I’m trying to limit my exposure, too.

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. 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 

The links for several previously 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).

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. Starts September 16 and runs for 4 weeks. Register beginning Aug 11.

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! Dates October 20, 27 November 3, 10,17. Register beginning September 8.

Monotypes At Home features hand rolling techniques for home printmaking and is offered as an online course. Dates November 23,30, December 7,14. Register beginning October 13

Monoprint Mad Science: Not being offered this term. 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 will be in the Summer session assuming print room is open.

My Monotype Blast workshop is an all-day weekend sampler for beginners.  I’m not offering it this Fall. 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. Late Summer session may be available, depending on School opening schedule.

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 we are able to use the print room. It’s on indefinite hiatus as we re-align and concentrate on new protocols.

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.

Denver Public Library Workshops

The Library is still closed, the program will probably see changes and I’m not sure I’ll return for this program anyway, as it involves a lot of travel, and I’ll be simplifying my schedule for the nonce.
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 being scheduled now for various dates in the Fall. They take place at DPL branches that participate in the Plaza program.

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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