Spring Education Session at Open Studio
Registration opens at noon on Monday, April 2, 2012
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
April 30 to June 25 (no class on May 21, Victoria Day Holiday)
Instructor: Joseph Siu
#2: Tuesday Evenings
May 1 to June 19
Instructor: Geneviève Jodouin
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.
May 1 to June 19
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.
May 1 to June 19
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.
6:30 - 9:30pm
Basic materials supplied
Class #1: April 23 to May 14
Class #2: July 9 to July 30
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
Session #1 May 2 to 23
Session #2 June 6 to 27
Session #3 July 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.
Saturday May 5 (10-4)
Sunday May 6 (10-4)
Instructor: Laine Groeneweg
Mezzotint is a non-acid, intaglio technique developed in the 17th century. This unique medium produces rich, velvety blacks and beautifully soft tonal gradations. Participants will begin by learning how to properly prepare a copper plate, creating a texture on its surface that will print as a full black. Working from dark to light, the image is produced by burnishing and scraping information into the plate. The workshop will culminate with an in-depth look at how to effectively print a mezzotint and will cover various troubleshooting strategies for great results. No previous printmaking experience is necessary.
Water-based Screen Monoprinting
Saturday June 2 (10-2)
Sunday June 3 (10-5)
Instructor: Daryl Vocat
The immediacy of painting combines with water-based screenprinting to create spontaneous and luminous images. Water-based inks, dyes and water-soluble crayons are combined and layered to create one of a kind screen monoprints. Participants will also learn to expose simple photographic images onto a screen to print in combination with monoprinted layers. Some screenprinting experience is preferred but not necessary.
Japanese Paper Treatments for Artists & Printmakers
Saturday June 23 (10-4)
Sunday June 24 (10-4)
Instructor: Loree Ovens
A fun weekend of exploring the possibilities of working with Japanese papers, this workshop will introduce basic techniques for the use of Konnyaku, a plant based starch that provides added strength, durability and flexibility when applied to paper. Learn how to work with matte medium and cold wax resists to create image affects without the use of a press, and how to both flatten and wrinkle papers to create unique surfaces. Although necessary materials are supplied, participants are encouraged to bring in small artworks created on Japanese paper with permanent materials (ie: not water-soluble) and/or other Japanese paper samples for alteration and 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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