Using simple letterpress and relief printing techniques, artists will create an edition of text and image-based posters, suitable for wheatpaste and wallpaper installations. Employing imagery, text and repeat patterns, artists will learn how to properly carve and print a linoleum block and vintage wood type using multiple colors to achieve a suite of prints ready to get your message out there!
Over the past four years, Haystack and Frontline Arts have actively developed a program for military veterans based on the “combat paper” model of taking discontinued military uniforms and transforming them into handmade paper. Our goal with these workshops has been to highlight the veteran artist movement and provide opportunities for veterans to learn from one another in a supportive community of makers.
This year we have expanded the program to include workshops in ceramics, papermaking, and writing, taught by artists who are both veterans and leaders in their respective fields.
In this two-session course, artists will combine the rich tonalities and textures of Carborundum Prints with the mysterious effects of collagraph and drypoint. All materials, mediums and clean up materials will utilize non-toxic methods that fulfill the mission of our non-toxic and environmentally safe initiative.
With everything fresh in mind, hear Rachel discuss all techniques she learned while assisting Ron Pokrasso for 2 weeks in Florence at the Santa Reparata International School of Art. She will have worked intensively with almost 20 students in monotype, collage, chine collé, ImagOn and Solarplate.
Open to members only
This course will explore the basics of papermaking with nature! We will begin the first session with a nature walk around the Frontline Arts grounds. Working with a variety of collected, harvested and sourced natural fibers — like iris, hosta and milkweed — artists will be introduced to methods, tools, equipment and techniques for Western papermaking, including the creation of pulp from these fibers.
This intermediate book-binding course will delve deeply into creating two beautifully handmade hardcover books: a traditional Coptic book, and a full-spread book with an intricately constructed cover. Every artist will leave with two beautiful handmade books, and all the knowledge needed to explore binding in their own work.
This course will explore methods for using the silkscreen process to produce one-of-a-kind prints and/or variable prints in a rapid manner. Water-activated crayons, monoprint inks, as well as traditional screen inks will all be used in conjunction with stencils, tapes, and screen drawing fluid to give a unique, selectively colored effect to an image.
This introductory quick-and-easy letterpress course will skim the surface of printing on Frontline Arts’ Vandercook letterpress using custom text and imagery. Each artist will learn the ins-and-outs of printing on the press, as well as how to create custom polymer plates –using your own text and designs- to print a suite of simple two-sided postcards to swap among classmates or drop in the mail!
Handmade paper can be more than just a carrier for other artistic processes. In this one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of papermaking and explore the exciting possibilities of collaging through embedding and inclusions within the sheet.
Frontline Arts is demonstrating our brand-new service of letterpress photopolymer platemaking! If you would like to design your own imagery and use a modern font (or just aren't THAT into typesetting) learn how to create KF-95 polymer letterpress plates AND print them on our type-high, gridded Boxcar base.
Did you know it was possible to etch intaglio plates without all the toxins, fumes and solvents? Are you frustrated by attempts with acrylic grounds and runny inks? Then this class is for you! Even if you’ve never done etching, you will learn all the basics using Andrew Baldwin’s BIG ground and Caligo soap & water-washable inks on a zinc plate.
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Textile printing is the process of applying color to fabric in definite patterns or designs. In properly printed fabrics the color is bonded with the fiber to resist washing and friction. This course instructs semi-experienced printmakers to explore textile screen printing to enhance their skills.
Students will learn how to use the NEW non-toxic Akua Carborundum Gel to create quick and easy printmaking plates. This process yields a rich velvety surface which can be worked into using dark-field reductive techniques similar to a monotype or mezzotint.
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Looking for some FREE fun on a Friday night? Bring your favorite retro board games, dress in your '80s finest, and get ready to rock out and make some prints! We'll have pizza, refreshments, tunes, games, interactive stations and art fun for the whole family! Featuring, "What's Your Art Smell," "What's Your Art Superpower," and "Send Rachel to Vegas." Don't miss out!
In this bookbinding workshop artists will become familiar with the tools, materials and tricks of the book binding trade! Throughout this course, we’ll explore contemporary bookbinding, creating multiple book structures for highly personalized soft and hardcover artists’ books—ideal for journals, sketchbooks and artist books.
THIS CLASS IS FULL!
This workshop introduces the art and craft of letterpress printing of experimental, purpose-driven broadsides and posters. Using handset wood and metal type, along with other relief printing elements, artists will design and hand-print broadside/poster projects in small editions on the Vandercook press.