Printing Without a Press


If you love the look of prints or are curious about printmaking but don’t have a 500lb press, this class is for you!. Gelatin plates produce beautiful and unique mono-printed materials that can be done anywhere. And common materials (like clear plastic pieces from store/market containers) can be used to introduce the techniques of intaglio and surface relief printing. Such printmaking techniques unleash creativity, invite artistic experimentation, and broaden understanding of color, value and design in artmaking. Best of all, no prior knowledge of drawing or painting is required to succeed, and all levels can enjoy the process from the start! Each session builds upon student skills from prior sessions, and all can be taken sequentially or in any order. Supply fee (30$) payable in class, and supply list will be emailed to registered students 1-2 weeks prior to class starting.

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Upcoming Printing without a Press Art Clinics: Registration begins in February 2023
Session 1: Wednesday, March 15 – April 5, 1:30 – 4:00pm – (4 sessions)
Session 2: Wednesday, April 12 – May 3, 1:30 – 4:00pm – (4 sessions)
Session 3: Wednesday, June 21 – June 21, 10:00 – 4:00pm – (Day Workshop)
Session 4: Friday, June 23 – June 23, 10:00 – 4:00pm – (Day Workshop)

This is an all-level Art Clinic. The session 3 and 4 workshops are an intense introduction to printing without a press.

Schedule of Classes

Four Week Schedule
Day 1: Making our own gelatin print plate, and which commercial “gel” plates are best?. Demonstration on how to make plates of
different sizes and introduction to the basic mono-printing process with demonstration. Students begin to make simple colorful
monoprints. Supplies will be provided. Students may like to bring some textured objects from home if they desire, see supply list.
Day 2:  Textures, patterns and mono-printing. Demo: using our plates and the layering process. Using paint retarders for longer
drying times. Students make layered mono- prints.Strategies of design and color schemes. Using found objects (including
botanicals) to achieve interesting textures/patterns. Introduction to printmaking with intaglio (gauged) and relief (carved or
collaged) plates, mostly from found objects.
Day 3: Our unique marks on the plate. Demo on design of unique stamps/stencils with our preferred mark-making and
inspirational imagery. Intro to preparing temporary stencils and masks, using recycled objects, clear plastic sheets and
botanicals. Students start designing their own simple but unique stamps/stencils and begin to cut them to create monoprints.
Day 4: Putting it all together. Mono-printing and emphasis on review of preferred techniques for desired outcomes (frameable
art, collage papers, journaling, other) Demos includes putting together designing a collage finished compositions from our mono-
printed papers.

Workshops Overview
The session workshops are an intense introduction to techniques of mono-printing without a press. The workshop content is
similar in order to that of the class descriptions but, due to the one-session time constraints, the classs will focus on exposing
students to each technique (through teacher demonstrations and student hands-on activities) rather than having the student
produce finished work.
This class/workshop can be repeated to acquire more experience with techniques and to practice developing our own artistry
through mono-printing.