VISTING ARTIST, Susan Lowdermilk, joins the OCAC community to teach Tunnel Books. This class will explore book structure variations based on the accordion fold. We will explore the Flag Book, Tunnel Book, Carousel Book, Swing-Panel Accordion and other structures. You are encouraged to incorporate your own images and collage materials into the projects. You will create a book cloth covered box to house the books you create in class.
No prerequisite. Good hand skills recommended. Designed for beginning and continuing students.
Create impactful large-scale prints in this class focused on the beauty of wood type. Learn how to use a Vandercook proof press to create a collaborative poster with OCAC’s wood type collection. We’ll explore the history of wood type manufacturing and provide a hands-on demonstration of wood type cutting with a pantograph router. Leave the class with a deeper appreciation for the tradition of wood type and a souvenir of its beauty.
Inspire your creativity with a relaxed multimedia approach to indigo and shibori dyeing: we’ll explore the possibilities over four days of short projects. Learn to make and maintain a small, sustainable indigo vat, refine dye resist techniques, and construct a variety of books and boxes. Each day will feature a new project to introduce a different aspect of shibori technique: practice your patterning and surface design on flat furoshiki wrapping cloths and paper for a hand-bound book. Experiment on alternative materials-- leather for a binding, or tyvek for a cover? Create boxes with a bold statement exterior or a surprise lining-- or both! You will leave the class with finished projects, a head full of ideas, and a strong desire to dye the world blue.
The folded pen is a wonderful tool for hand lettering—it is capable of making very thin hairline strokes as well as thick dramatic strokes as well as a large range in between. Letters created with the folded pen feel dynamic and organic. There are endless possibilities for its use. In this workshop we will make a folded pen that we will use in class and we will learn at least six distinctly different styles of lettering that will help us explore what this type of pen can do. We will create a finished piece using the lettering learned in class. This class is ideal for calligraphers who want to explore playful lettering styles, graphic designers who would like to incorporate hand lettering into their designs and for lovers of hand lettering who want to learn more lettering styles.
No prerequisites, though some experience with calligraphy and/or hand lettering is helpful.
Hone your Mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock printmaking) skills in this weeklong intermediate to advanced workshop through the making of a 7” x 9”, two to four color woodblock print of your own design. Special demonstrations during the workshop will include Bokashi (color gradation), printing in transparent color layers, and changing the Takenokawa (baren cover). If you already have experience with the carving and printing basics of Mokuhanga and are interested in trouble shooting, building upon your skillset, or learning further nuances unique to this process, then this workshop is for you.
More fun than you can imagine! Two full days of preparing papers: marbling, paste paper, indigo, contact printing, all kinds of surface design, and some new adventures. This class is a round robin of many techniques and a wealth of inspiration. Students will leave with a portfolio of decorated papers to use in personal projects throughout the year.
Create colorful images through the ancient art of Moku Hanga. Japanese woodblock prints are characterized by the luminous brilliance achieved when water-based ink is printed on Washi (handmade Japanese paper). Multiple block registration and bokashi (color gradation) will be taught. Unlike Western relief printmaking, no press is used; water is the only solvent and minimal workspace is required. This is one form of printmaking you can safely and easily enjoy at home.
Prerequisite: Some familiarity with printmaking is helpful, but not required.
In this weekend workshop, students will explore combining text and images to produce a two-color broadside. Broadsides are one-sheet prints intended to be displayed as public works of art with a message. Broadsides have a long tradition in printing, and have historically played a fundamental role in educating the public and instigating social, literary, and political revolutions. Today, many printmakers use the broadside to display works of poetry, or as a powerful form of self-expression. In this workshop we will combine self-generated or found text with printed images created to enhance and express the content. Varied techniques for image creation will be demonstrated on the press, including pressure printing, linoleum block printing, and the use of alternative type high materials. Short passages of hand-set type will be composed and printed by students in combination with images to create cohesive finished pieces. Students will leave the class with an edition of 25 two-color broadsides displaying their own unique message.