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2012 Printmaking Workshops
Silk Collograph and Carborundum Aquatint
Instructor BioSue Hover Oehme
Using these two methods of non-toxic platemaking, students can achieve a full range of tonality in their prints by working reductively using the silk collograph technique or additively with the carborundum aquatint process. The two methods can be combined on one plate or used on multiple plates to build layers of rich dense color.

Students will learn how to apply the silk to a plate to create the ‘ground’ on which the medium will be painted and learn about how to combine the various carborundum grit and acrylic medium mixtures to create a variety of tonal qualities.

After allowing time for the painted “images” to dry and cure, the plate is sprayed with a sealant, and then inked in the usual manner for intaglio printing. We will explore a number of wiping techniques specific to these plates and learn simple ways of printing multiple plates in exact register.

July 9-13
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $45

Class Limit 7

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susan hoover oehme

“One of the things we love about Susan is that she can gracefully guide you around the technical pitfalls that can discourage even the most devoted printmaker. She is a genius at these acid-free techniques that can create richly complex prints.”

Block Print/Batik
Instructor BioDorothy Apkene Amenuke
In this class Dorothy will share her knowledge of textile block printing, based on the great traditions of Ghanaian textiles. Students will create regular repeat patterns or pictorial images using ‘blocks’ or ‘stamps’ cut from foam rubber. They will be stamped using paraffin on cotton or linen fabrics which will then be vat dyed and later de-waxed. During these processes, multiple techniques will be used to bring out variety in the design.

Students will learn all processes involved with fabric dying, such as: cutting foam into repeat patterns, waxing and dewaxing fabric, dye mixing techniques, and creating background effects.  Students will be able to batik any cotton or linen fabric, from tee shirt patterns to murals on yardage.  All levels of experience are welcome.

July 16-20
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $45

Class Limit 6

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batik block print textile workshopLast summer I began to search for someone to teach a batik class. One of WSW’s favorite fiber artists, Mary Hark, said, ‘I know just who you want. Dorothy Amenuke has developed a wonderful technique using sponges, but she is in Ghana.’ I contacted Dorothy and she immediately agreed to come to Rosendale to teach. We are so excited to offer this very special workshop.”

The Printed Book
Instructor BioAbigail Uhteg
Once upon a time, the fastest way to print a bit of text was to form little pieces of metal, one for each letter, all lined up in a row. Today letterpress printing and hand binding enjoy a revival as the aesthetics and intimacies of these archaic processes appeal to more and more people.  In this course we will consider both the historical and contemporary contexts of the printing medium while exploring the sequential, narrative, and temporal aspects of the book. Students will learn traditional hand typesetting and letterpress printing using WSW’s collection of lead and wood types, as well as basic bookbinding skills. Each student will work independently to develop his or her own limited edition of books. No prior knowledge of printing or binding is required.
July 16-20
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $40

Class Limit 6

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abigail uhteg "the complex of all of these Things"

During Abby’s residency she printed and bound her artist’s book The Complex of All These, which features intaglio, letterpress and sewn binding. She finished her book and made a stop action animation of the process and helped the other book arts resident finish her project all in 8 weeks. Abby returned as a teacher a couple of summers ago and ran a fabulous class…and is back by popular demand. Take a look at her youtube video of the making of The Complex of All These

Monoprint and Encaustic
Instructor Bio Patty Tyrol Instructor Bio Cynthia Winika
Join WSW in collaboration with R&F Handmade Paints as we work with two of the most fluid two-dimensional art media. The first two and a half days of this class participants will work with Patty in the WSW intaglio studio. Emphasizing a quick and free pace of working, she will cover a wide range of both additive and reductive monoprint methods such as painting with ink and R&F oil sticks, use of paper stencils, Xerox transfer, cliché verre, chine colle and embossing. We will play and experiment.

After lunch on Wednesday we will gather up our monoprints, say goodbye to WSW, and head over to R&F Handmade Paints to work with Cynthia. Using the printed work as “elements” that we will combine using encaustic, via layering and composing new images to create the completed encaustic images at R&F Handmade Paints on the last two and a half days.

July 23-27
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $30

Class Limit 7

This class is full. Please email us to be put on the waiting list

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cynthia winika encaustic workshop 


Top: Encausticby Cynthia Winika, Bottom: Patty Tyrol

Consistently, this collaborative workshop with R&FHandmade Paints is among the most popular. No wonder why – students enjoy quality studio time with abundant technical information readily available to guide exploration in these expressive media.”

New Directions in Monoprint: Plates and Surfaces
Instructor BioRoxanne Faber Savage
Participants in this workshop will gain a greater knowledge of making monoprints from multiple plates and printing on diverse surfaces. Artists will make a variety of plates including but not limited to: plexi intaglio, paper lithograph, stencil, shaped plates, collographs, and viscosity monotype. As the plates are inked and printed, a conversation will emerge. Using skill and intuition, Roxanne will demonstrate inking and printing plates onto paper, fabrics, plastic, and metal surfaces inspiring artists to push the boundaries of traditional printmaking. Several specific projects will be presented.  Participants will be creating variable editions “working” imagery to develop suites of mixed prints on metal or printmaking papers. Throughout the week Roxanne will work one on one with artists to develop and actualize individual artistic visions and offer a group critique on the final day of class. Oil based inks will be used and a specific materials list will be provided.
July 30-August 3
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $45

Class Limit 7

This class is full, but cancellations do occur. If you are interested in taking this workshop please email us and we will put you on our waiting list.

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Chemical Landscape, Roxanne Faber Savage

“Roxanne first came to WSW’s attention when she participated in the SAI in Tuscany workshop in 2007. The following year we came across some seriously exciting monoprints that turned out to be Roxanne’s work. I invited her to join our team of teachers and her last workshop at WSW was spectacular, with students creating some of the most sophisticated prints ever produced in a SAI class.”

Silkscreen Techniques for Textiles and Paper
Instructor BioAnn Kalmbach
All the processes we use in silkscreen printing are applicable for both textile and fine art or poster printing, but each surface has its own printing requirements. Printing on fabric or paper can involve free form image making or controlled repeat patterns or tightly registered imagery. We’ll begin the workshop by learning how to stretch screens, and what meshes are appropriate for textile versus fine art printing The full range of stencil making techniques, from simple paper cut stencils to photo stencils, will be taught. We’ll learn how to create repeat patterns with our images, and print multiple colors in registration. Students will be able to print on any fabric from yardage to tee shirts and can experiment with various papers. Inks appropriate for each application and proper ink mixing methods will be covered.
July 23-27
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $40

Class Limit 6

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textile silkcreen workshop

When your ink is gluey and lumpy, your image is blurry, or your paper or fabric sticks to the screen WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Screenprint Guru!

Motivational Intaglio
Instructor BioShelley Thorstensen
Every year students want more time working with Shelley. She has agreed to spend a second week at WSW allowing students to take either week or both weeks to activate and accelerate their individual artistic development while generating momentum in all their art making practices.

These intensive workshops are designed for but not limited to artist/printmakers who work primarily on an etching press.  It is also a good place for artists working in other print, painting, or drawing media interested in the possibility of incorporating print into their work.

Shelley will begin the workshop with a series of demonstrations including ways of using color and printing, such as: stencils, a la poupee, chine colle, viscosity, multiple plates, relief, collage, and digital media.  Using your current work and ideas as a catalyst, Shelley will work with you individually to discover what aspects are vital to your work and how to successfully explore and expand your vision. This workshop provides extended work time allowing participants to incorporate new ways of working into their artistic practice. Shelley will organize this period to further examine your work and mindset. She will include material specific to each participant while encouraging a further understanding of etching.  Artists will learn how to seamlessly incorporate handwork such as drypoint and mezzotint on various substrates, editioned monoprint, paper and polyester photo litho, hand-worked and photo based collographs, photocopy transfer; handmade repeatable rubber stamp and registration systems.  Shelley will also address possible considerations for content, scale, series, multiplicity, format, paper choice, and available matrices.

Section 1: August 6-10
Section 2: August 13-17
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $45

Class Limit 6

Both os these classes are full. Please email us to be put on the waiting list

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shelley thorstensen

You know how some folks find a medium they like and go to town refining and refining that single technique? Not Shelley. She is one of a handful of people who actually communicates via print as though it were her own private language or maybe her sixth sense. It could be etching, litho, silkscreen, mezzotint, and chine colle, whatever. No technique is neglected as she develops her images. Shelley can help you get you in touch with your inner-print-self.

From Paper to Print
Instructor BioGretchen Schermerhorn
Paper is one of the most important factors to a printmaker, and in this hybrid workshop the focus will be on creating customized handmade papers and applying printmaking techniques appropriate to the papers.  We will begin with the basics of sheet formation, using cotton rag and abaca fibers, with a focus on sturdiness and archival qualities. Then we will move on to stencil work, learning techniques such as pulp painting and chine colle. The second half of the class will focus on creating relief and polyester plate prints that register with the imagery embedded in the handmade paper.  The result will be richly layered prints, full of color and texture.
August 13-17
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $35

Class Limit 6

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handmade papermaking

“Gretchen first came to WSW to work as an artist in residence in our papermaking studio. It was clear she had developed some interesting processes for incorporating paper and print, exactly the kind of class WSW should be offering during SAI.”

Screenprinting: Beyond the Edition
Instructor BioKristina Paabus
This workshop is for artists with some experience with screen print. As a refresher, we will begin the week by making a series of screens using all of the basic techniques – drawn, cut and photographic stencils – as a way to introduce you to the WSW studio and as source material for building complex screen prints. We will focus on the possibilities inherent in screen printing, using repetition and reinterpretation in order to create a unique series of work as standalone pieces or as the basis of a print installation.
August 13-17
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $45

Class Limit 6

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screen print workshop

Kristina was an artist in residence last spring at WSW, and I knew right away that she had a solid understanding of screen print, probably the best I’ve observed in the WSW studios. It’s her medium and she can make it do whatever she wants, editioned prints to installation.

Experimental Letterpress Printing
Instructor BioAmelia Bird
In this class we will work with non-traditional techniques for making letterpress printed images. Demonstrations and hands-on experiments will help participants learn new ways to create images on the proof press. Students will learn how to make an image out of wood or metal type and ornaments, mount almost any material type high (found objects, bubble wrap ,etc), build images using reduction wood/linoleum or multiple blocks, mono-printing, collograph and pressure printing. We will also experiment with color mixing with an eye to learning about transparency and overprinting. At the end of the week, each participant will have a suite of sample prints.
August 20-24
Tuition $775 ($725 member) Lab Fee $45

Class Limit 6

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experimental letterpress

I came to letterpress printing from a background in writing and a fondness for the luscious kiss of type. But letterpress printing is good for much more than letters. The more I print on a Vandercook proof press; I find that what I love most is the versatility of the machinery. With a little experience and experimentation, many parts of the press can be manipulated. Because of the flexibility of the press to adapt to a variety of techniques and materials, letterpress printing has endless visual possibilities.”

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