Register now for Winter Education Session at Open Studio!
Open Studio's Screenprinting area. Photo by Kate Tarini.
Open Studio—Canada's leading printmaking centre—provides three education sessions each year beginning in early October, early February and early May. Our four-week Power Printmaking course introduces participants to basic print media: relief, etching, lithography and screenprinting. Eight-week courses in lithography, screenprinting, and etching accommodate all levels of experience for focused instruction in one print medium. Four-week Open Sessions are geared towards people who have printmaking experience and are designed as a transition to renting at the studio. Weekend Workshops focus on a range of fun and easy to learn processes as well as more advanced techniques.
Cost $270.00 + $50.00 materials fee
#1: Monday Evenings
February 6 to April 2 (no class on February 20, Family Day Holiday)
#2: Tuesday Evenings
February 7 to March 27
Instructor: Daryl Vocat
Explore all the possibilities that screenprinting, a process derived from stencil printing, has to offer. Learn about direct stencil methods, photo-based screenprinting techniques, inks and modifiers. Suitable for photo-based, hand drawn or computer manipulated imagery. Water-based inks are used in this course.
February 7 to March 27
Instructor: Laine Groeneweg
Discover the secrets of Rembrandt's etchings, created by printing ink filled lines and textures that have been etched into the surface of a metal plate. Etching is a beautifully subtle and rich printmaking process. The intaglio process of aquatint developed by Goya will also be explored in this course.
February 7 to March 27
Instructor: Pudy Tong
From bold lines to soft subtle drawings to painterly wash effects, lithography offers a wide range of mark-making possibilities. An image is drawn onto the surface of a finely ground limestone and is then chemically processed before printing. For beginners or experienced printmakers the course will allow participants to explore the potential of this tremendously versatile medium.
Monday evenings 6:30 - 9:30pm
Basic materials supplied
Class #1: January 30 to February 27 (no class on February 20, Family Day Holiday)
Class #2: March 19 to April 9
A wonderful introduction to print media. Participants will spend one evening working hands-on with a different instructor to produce their own small original print in each of the basic print media: relief, etching, lithography and screenprinting.
Participants provide their own supplies
Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:30pm
Session #1 January 25 to February 15
Session #2 February 29 to March 21
Session #3 April 4 to 25
Wednesday evening Open Sessions allow participants who have printmaking experience to work under the supervision of a trained print-media technician. This program is designed as a transition for students from classes to renting at Open Studio. Enrollment must be approved by Open Studio's Technical Director and is based on the following criteria: participants must have recent experience working in Open Studio's printmaking studio in the same media they will work in during the Open Session with a demonstrated level of technical competence, or have the equivalent from either a post-secondary printmaking program or other print studio with references provided. Participants must have actively practiced the print media they will work in during the Open Session within the last 5 years.
Open Studio's Etching and relief area. Photo by Kate Tarini.
Intaglio Intensive 2
Saturday February 11 (10-4) and
Sunday February 12 (10-4)
Instructor: Loree Ovens
This workshop will expand on the information delivered in Intaglio Intensive 1. Students are encouraged to further explore and combine techniques in monoprinting, drypoint, collagraph and embossing using a variety of plate materials. The "puzzle plate" (developed by instructor) and cut plate methods will also be introduced. The content of this course can be adapted for classroom use, and can form the basis for more intensive artistic explorations. Previous experience is helpful, though not required.
Alternative Screenprinting: The Relief Surface Print
Saturday March 3 (10-2),
Saturday March 10 (10-4) and
Sunday March 11 (10-2)
Instructor: Sandi Ralph
Participants will experiment with a relief surface screenprinting technique that blends components of printmaking, painting and photography into a new form. A negative image will be screenprinted numerous times in absolute registration using only transparent base, to build up a relief surface on paper, essentially creating a colourless print. In a similar fashion to inking an etching plate, participants will then apply oil paint mixed with soft wax to the surface of their prints revealing transformed, unique, positive reading images. Previous screenprinting experience is helpful, but not necessary.
Japanese Paper Treatments for Artists & Printmakers
Saturday March 24 (10-4) and
Sunday March 25 (10-4)
Instructor: Loree Ovens
This workshop will introduce basic techniques in using konnyaku, a plant based starch that can be applied to Japanese papers to provide added strength, durability and flexibility. Learn how to work with matte medium and resists to create image affects, and how to both flatten and wrinkle papers to create wonderful surfaces to stitch or turn into sculptural forms. Participants are encouraged to bring in small artworks created on Japanese paper with permanent materials (ie: not water-soluble) or other Japanese paper samples for experimentation. No experience required.
How to register: Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. Payment of fees is the only way to reserve a spot. You can provide us with your contact and payment information by mail, email or by phone. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard. Please note that class size is limited, so register early. In the case of insufficient enrollment, Open Studio reserves the right to cancel a course or workshop two days prior to the start date. If you must withdraw from a course or workshop, Open Studio must be notified three business days before the course or workshop begins in order to receive a refund, less a cancellation fee of $20. If a student withdraws from a 4-week or 8-week course within 10 days of the first class, a refund of 50% will be issued. After this withdrawal period, we regret that refunds cannot be issued. Open Studio is not able to provide make-up classes or substitutions. Deadline for enrollment in all classes or workshops is 5 business days before the start date. All courses and workshops take place at Open Studio, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, Ontario.
Please forward inquiries to Jill Graham, Technical Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto ON M5V 3A8
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