Learn basic relief printmaking techniques while carving interlocking or repositionable blocks. Interlocking blocks fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and are an easy, stress-free way to ink using multiple colors. Ink the blocks separately, drop them in place together, and print without the colors blending. Repositionable blocks can be used together or separately for maximum printmaking fun! All levels welcome.
Come develop an understanding of basic techniques for printing from polyester plates. Gain an introduction to the whole process: safe studio practices, plate preparation, drawing materials, press set-up, proofing, paper selection, and printing and signing an edition. Learn to recognize technical quality and analyze content in a printed image through peer feedback and group discussions. All levels welcome.
What do you do with old books? Turn them into art, of course! Recycle old books and their pages and use them as the substrate for creativity. Explore how to transform them into unique, artistic compositions using collaging and monoprinting techniques. From highly layered abstractions to detailed collages, you’re sure to turn a page on your creative journey.
Explore the magic of designing and printing your own fabric. Start by creating designs on paper, then transfer them to a rubber block you will carve and print on fabric. Learn how to design patterns and make them repeat, optimize your inking, and fine-tune your carving skills. Return home with an array of hand-printed textiles and the knowledge to continue the process from start to finish at home. All levels welcome. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Discover the process of creating intaglio drypoint print images and add a pop of color. Choose your image, then use the process of drypoint printmaking and watercolor techniques to make images using nontoxic media. The Folk School’s campus, heritage, and community are brimming with inspiration for creating unique monoprints and embarking on a personal artistic journey. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Eco printing (botanical printing) involves collecting leaves, plants, and flowers to imprint their images directly upon the leather. Collect botanical matter, then learn how to imprint on both top grain and lambskin leather naturally and in color. Use your newly imprinted pieces to start exploring construction techniques that you might apply to making leather designs into beautiful handbags, clothing, jewelry, and even shoes in the future. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Apply your love for drawing to metal work in this introduction to etching. Learn to etch lines and shaded areas into a copper matrix and explore different inking and printing techniques. Explore this advanced and complex printmaking technique in a welcoming environment suitable for all levels, including beginners.
Curious about marbling? Then join us to explore three different media: suminagashi inks, oil paints, and acrylic paints. Different tools are required for each medium, from rakes and combs to a stylus or simply your own breath. Learn the techniques and materials required to produce a stunning portfolio of colorful papers and return home excited to continue your marbling journey. All levels welcome.
Learn how to transfer plants onto paper, then turn your prints into several simple book structures and other paper art. Discover how to prepare paper and choose the best plants for eco printing. Forage plant materials from the Folk School grounds or use materials provided by the instructor. Wrap up the weekend making several versions of small books including a pamphlet, Japanese stab book, and star book. All levels welcome.
Learn how to carve and pull prints from wood and linoleum. Gain an introduction to printing from wood and linoleum onto paper and textiles, black and white as well as multicolor woodcuts, and reduction printing. Move on to explore the possibilities of stencils and gradient rollups. All levels welcome.
Discover one of many ways to make complex surface designs and beautiful, unique prints. The simple and affordable gel plate is a wonderful tool to add to your printmaking techniques. No special skills are needed for great results and the tools and materials are readily available. Time permitting, frame some of your prints as wall art, turn them into collage, or incorporate them in another small creative project. All levels welcome.
*UPDATED DESCRIPTION* Discover the joy of designing for two or more color block repeat prints on fabric. Begin with basic ideas on paper, transfer them to linoleum blocks you carve, and print on fabric with transparent textile pigments perfect for multi-color layering effects. Learn how to design for a two-color pattern, successfully ink and print your blocks, and print an array of items from start to finish. Take home tools, new skills, and confidence for future printing enjoyment.
Get to know the basics of letterpress printing and hand typesetting to print your own books and broadsides. Learn to set hot lead and wood type, print large broadsides and small books, and to use vintage printing presses. Add images with carved linoleum blocks, then finish the week by binding the small prints together into a book. All levels welcome.
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