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Calling all Writers and Printmakers (1)

(Reposting this from the Page listed above:) I will be teaching two workshops at Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan in June 2012. Famous as an arts high school that turns out world-class musicians, Interlochen is now running summer classes for adults, and it is a beautiful place to spend a week learning new skills or refreshing your creative spirits.

Journal & Sketchbook

Offered as part of the Writers' Retreat, this class is designed for writers and artists of any level who want to see and record memories, observations, imaginings, stories, through writing and expressive mark-making. Co-taught with writer Patricia Ann McNair, Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago. These intimate workshops take place in Interlochen's beautiful writing house (shown at right).

Here is a slideshow of people at last year's workshop, with some of the work they produced in class:

Details: Class runs June 18-21; $475 non-member tuition. For full information, go to the Interlochen Writers' Retreat website.

Solar plate etching/reduction linocut

Participants of this workshop will have a chance to create prints using two printmaking techniques: solar plate etching and reduction linocut. This class is for beginners and experienced students alike.

Solar plate etching is a completely non-toxic innovation in printmaking that retains the rich range of intaglio mark making. Learn how to make traditional intaglio etchings without any acids or chemicals, using only the power of the sun. Reduction linocut, first developed by Picasso, involves successively cutting away portions of the linoleum block after you have printed from the block in each color (reducing the block after each stage).
The course covers selecting suitable imagery, transferring the image to the linoleum block, managing the cutting and proofing stages, and correct registration of paper and block to get accurately aligned prints.

Slideshow from past linocut classes that I taught at Interlochen:

Details: Class runs June 25-29; $450 per person. For full information, go to the Interlochen College of Creative Arts page.


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