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Start Date: Mar 24, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Ben Shahn was a 20th century Lithuanian-born American artist. He is best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views, and his series of lectures published as The Shape of Content, but lettering artists also admire his original lettering styles which are playful and unique. In this workshop, we will be learning one of these lettering styles using the folded pen as our writing tool. On day one we will focus on the details of lettering and spacing and designing with the letters, and on day two we will work with the letters in three different ways: writing with watercolors, ink and graphite, and metallic gouache on dark paper.

Prerequisites: This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience, though some previous lettering experience is helpful. 

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Start Date: Apr 6, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Fri)

This class combines the traditional skills of the calligrapher and takes those skills in a different direction with modern experimental lettering techniques. Each class will start with deliberate practice of calligraphy basics and developing hand skills by using pen and ink on paper. The last half of class will focus expanding creativity by using various experimental lettering techniques and materials.

Prerequisite: Good hand skills recommended. Beginning and continuing students welcome.

Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this workshop, each student will design, carve and print a two color, 8”x10”, multiple block woodcut. Each image will be one print in a group portfolio with the theme, “transience.” Students will incorporate the meandering line from their given wood block into their composition. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a portfolio containing prints from everyone in the class. Time permitting, students learn to create a hard cover accordion artist book from the group’s prints. Examples of woodcut prints and artist books from the instructor’s collection will be presented and discussed. All skill levels welcome, beginning to advanced.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 19, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Design and create a unique artist book structure, the tunnel book (also known as a peep show book). A tunnel book is made as a set of pages suspended between two folded concertinas. Cut outs in the pages allow the viewer to see images through the entire book to the back that creates a dimensional scene inside. Tunnel books were popular optical toys inspired by theatre stage sets in the mid-eighteenth century. They were often produced as souvenirs of tourist attractions or were produced to commemorate special events. In this workshop, students will create a tunnel book using photographic and/or photocopied imagery. Text for the book will be self-authored. The writing generated through a thought-provoking assignment based on travel and perspective. The type will be applied with rubber stamp lettering. A hard cover with an inset image and slipcase will finish the book. Form, materials, content, and how the three are essentially integrated will be discussed throughout the workshop, as well as problem solving, design and typographic layout. Examples of artist books from the instructor’s collection will be presented and discussed. All skill levels are welcome, beginning to advanced.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jun 4, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)

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. Note: See supply sheet for how to prepare image for the first morning.