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Specialized Printmaking workshops at Open Studio

Open Studio — Canada's leading printmaking centre — offers courses 3 times a year beginning in early October, February and May, as well as specialized workshops throughout the year. Our courses provide: a unique opportunity to work with professional artists with teaching experience and expertise in printmaking techniques; are specifically designed for adults with all levels of experience; and provide limited class sizes to allow for individual needs and development. We have two upcoming opportunities for instruction in Printmaking for Educators and Letterpress As Artists' Prints.

Printmaking for Educators (recommended for grades 4 to 12)
Two weeks in July on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00am-3:00pm (lunch break: 12-12:30pm)

Printmaking for Educators

Week 1: July 9: Monoprinting July 10: Relief printing
Week 2: July 16: Photocopy transfers July 17: Screenprinting

Cost: $385.00 (materials included)

The focus of this course is to introduce educators to a variety of printmaking techniques that can be incorporated into school art programs at various levels. Throughout the course class participants will learn basic procedural information relating to a variety of relief printing processes, monoprinting, screenprinting, and photocopy transfers, with an emphasis on nontoxic materials. Each process will be broken down to encompass methods that can be accomplished successfully with or without the use of a press. Participants will learn basic techniques through step-by-step demonstrations, hands-on technical exercises and viewing examples of artwork. Information sheets, troubleshooting guides and supplier lists for the processes covered in each module will be distributed.

Registration for Printmaking for Educators is now open.

Letterpress As Artists' Prints

Open Studio's Vandercook proof press and a selection of lead type.

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, Open Studio will be hosting a Vandercook workshop by well-known US workshop instructor and Vandercook aficionado Paul Moxon.

About the workshop:
Saturday, May 12 (10-4pm)
$150.00 ($125.00 members' rate)

The Letterpress as Artists' Prints workshop is ideal for artists who wish to explore the printmaking possibilities of letterpress printing. Participants will be introduced to hand typesetting, operation of a Vandercook proof press and low-tech relief image-making processes and painterly inking techniques. The focus will be on makeready, lock up, and registration. Take your Vandercook skills up a notch and join us for this rare and wonderful opportunity!

About the Instructor:
Paul Moxon (MFA, MLIS) is an authority on the history and maintenance of Vandercook proof presses. Paul is the author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources; the editor of the American Printing History Association Newsletter; he maintains the website and blog; and teaches workshops throughout the US. Paul also publishes limited edition books and broadsides under the imprint Fameorshame Press. His work is included in several public and private collections.

General registration for Letterpress as Artists' Prints will open on April 17th.

How to register for either workshop: 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, Open Studio must be notified three business days before the course begins in order to receive a refund, less a cancellation fee of $20. 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:


Open Studio
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto ON M5V 3A8
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