In this one-day workshop, students will learn fun, movable book structures including flag books and modified accordions! No prior experience required for these easy-to-learn books, but with unlimited variations possible, even experts will enjoy making them.
Up your skills or get introduced to the wonders of Solarplate photopolymer etching! We will start with hand-drawn marks on Mylar in the first class, then edit photographic imagery in Photoshop for transparencies in the 2nd class.
Feeling stuck and need some advice? Here’s your chance to drop in and work on a project with Rachel in the studio. In this session we are open to any advice on etching, monotype, relief, letterpress or screen printing. No papermaking or book arts.
This introductory quick-and-easy relief printing course will explore designing, transferring and carving an image onto a linoleum block for a multiple-color printed edition. Using Frontline Arts’ Vandercook Letterpress, artists will dive into printing their blocks rapidly—letting the Vandercook tackle all the hard parts of printing. Registering second and third colors, and creating a beautifully-printed editions is a breeze!
This workshop will explore silkscreen monoprinting in subtle, painterly ways, building a suite of images in soft layers, transparent masks and unique mark-making. A perfect workshop for painters and printmakers, this course is more exploratory than technical.
This class is FULL! You can sign up for the waitlist
While Frontline Paper workshops are usually for veterans only, this one is uniquely for non-veterans. You'll transform military uniforms into paper as a means for sharing stories, learning new the techniques of pulp printing and building community.
RESCHEDULING DUE TO SNOW!
You've made the artwork, but now you need a high-resolution photograph to submit for open calls, residencies, and grants. How can you ensure you will get the sharpest, highest quality image to capture your technique? Book a block of time with professional photographer, Christopher Ernst, to have your artwork professionally photographed! You can book as little as one time slot for just one piece of artwork, or up to as many pieces as you like.
This 2.5 hour workshop will dive into the moving parts of an artist's grant application from budding idea, to proposal development, partnerships, budget, outcomes, and reporting. I ask only that you bring an idea, a real-life project you've been pining to launch or a made-up creative endeavor you'll use to work through the layers of a successful grant application. There's no limit on which artistic media you choose for your project idea.
Participants will work with book artist Ben Iluzada and learn to create sturdy portfolios that will protect their papers, prints, and other kinds of artwork while in transit. Additionally, students will create decorative tool boxes with lids.
This class is FULL! You can sign up for the wait list
Experience the beautiful line qualities achieved with copper in this less-toxic etching class. We will be using a ferric chloride solution along with Andrew Baldwin’s BIG ground. Plus, we will be printing with Caligo and Charbonnel soap & water-washable inks. Drypoint and alternative mark-making techniques will also be covered.
This class is FULL! You can sign up for the wait list
for current members only:
Nerd-out on technical issues in printmaking with us! We are launching our very first ONLINE VIDEO Tech Talk: Etching from Photographic Inspiration with Rachel Heberling, October, 2018. Stay tuned for a YouTube video link, sent to your inbox!
Tech Talk is a benefit of membership.
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 you very own text and designs, you will print a suite of simple one-sided, folded holiday or stationery cards!
Warrior Writers NJ offers free writing workshops at Frontline Arts for veterans and family members on war and home front experiences.
Workshops are held from Noon to 4:00pm in the second floor main gallery.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Sunday, Nov. 4
Sunday, Dec. 2
For more information, contact: Jan Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a journey through the natural world with Artists Len Merlo and Rachel Heberling, and discover new ways of finding compositions for your work. Beginning with an exploration of the grounds surrounding Frontline Arts, participants will draw in their sketchbooks and collect interesting samples from nature. We’ll then explore dynamic compositions from multiple angles and return to the studio to create monotypes using non-toxic Akua inks.
THIS CLASS IS FULL!
NEXT Café CULTURE:
Thursday, September 20th from 6:00-7:30pm
COFFEE & CRITIQUE
@ Frontline Arts Studios
Bring a finished piece of your artwork or a work-in-progress to share with the group! Artist members in attendance along with professional artist staff will provide feedback to you on technique, content, and context. From emerging to professional artists, all current members of Frontline Arts are welcome!
Coffee of choice this evening will be Booskerdoo, a regional fair trade roastery in Monmouth County, NJ.
We'll also have homemade scones and a variety of teas if coffee isn't your thing!
Please RSVP to Manda@frontlinearts.org if you're planning to attend, or pop on over if it's spur of the moment! We hope to see you there!
Café Culture is a benefit of membership.
Image credit: Brooke Lark
exhibition runs: aug 28th - sept 29th
opening reception: thursday, september 6th from 6:00-8:00pm
Showcasing the 7 large scale woodcut relief prints made here on-site and outdoors with BIG INK during Community Art Day in July of 2018, alongside 8 remarkable BIG INK prints from their archives!
15 large scale woodcuts, on display in the Frontline Arts Gallery this September!
Please join us for the opening reception, Thursday, September 6th from 6-8 pm!
Deadline to Submit: September 30, 2018 at Midnight
Exhibition will be on display at Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
from November 10, 2018 thru January 18, 2019
ARMISTICE DAY, 2018
On November 11th, 2018, the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the day the guns fell silent on the Western Front and the fighting ended in the War to End All Wars.
This November, Puffin Cultural Forum and Frontline Arts will commemorate that date in all its bitter irony: the sorrow and pity of the War, the hundred bloody years it spawned, and the early hopes for world peace.
For the full prospectus, please click here.
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 class if FULL
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.
Exhibition runs from July 15th through August 18th
Please join us for an opening reception, Thursday, July 19th, 6-8 pm
This show exhibit works from artists across the nation to deepen the discourse of North American bird species and their struggles to exist, both on the individual level and also on the species level.
Image: Drowning I'iwi by Patrick Vincent
Community Art Day--BIG INK--Ribbon Cutting!
Please join us for a community day of celebrating participatory art! BIG INK will be here printing extremely large woodcuts with 6 selected artists, our new exhibition--"struggle to EXIST"--will open, we will have a wide array of participatory artmaking activities for the whole family, and we are thrilled to have a county-recognized RIBBON CUTTING for the organization as a final capstone to our transition this year!
We hope you and your family will join us!
-BIG INK large scale woodcut relief printing
-Ribbon Cutting with Somerset County @ 1:00pm
-Participatory artmaking: papermaking from military uniforms, natural fibers papermaking, relief printing for adults and kids, temporary screen printed tattoos, kids' games, sidewalk art sales, demos, music, pizza and refreshments!
-Opening of avian awareness exhibition, "Struggle to Exist" in our second floor gallery
Rain or Shine!
Come get your art groove on!
THURSDAY, JULY 12
Frontline Arts' Gallery, Second Floor
As a valued member of Frontline Arts, we hope you'll be able to join us at our Annual Members' Meeting on July 12th. This year, we are developing a new three-year strategic plan and are looking to our membership to provide us with valuable feedback on our facilities, programs, and services to artists and communities.
We're ready to hear all of your comments regarding the transition we've just completed in the last year and how we can make improvements moving forward. We will also have paper forms if you prefer to submit feedback and recommendations anonymously.
The meeting will take place Thursday, July 12th in our second floor gallery from 6:30-7:30pm. Refreshments and snacks will be served.
Please RSVP if you know you'll be attending, or just pop on over if you're free!
RSVP to: email@example.com
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.
Deadline to sign up is June 26, 2018 @ 5pm
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
Frontline Paper and Warrior Writers at The Art League
In partnership with Frontline Arts and Warrior Writers, local Service Members in the DC area participate in a week long workshop at the USO warrior and Family Centers. During the workshop, participants are guided by veteran artists through the process of transforming military uniforms into handmade paper. Through writing and art workshops, participants narrate their individual military experiences through original works of art and writing, using these modalities to bridge the gap between the military and civilian communities.
For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the Frontline Arts’ Annual Benefit,
INK & PULP
An Evening to Recognize our Roots
Honoring & Recognizing
Founder, Peter Chapin | Former Director, Patricia Franchino |
Frontline Paper Supporter, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of
Johnson & Johnson | Dedicated Volunteer, Len Merlo
Saturday, June 9th 2018 | 6:00-9:00pm
Sit-down Dinner, Dessert & Donation Bar
Silent Auction & Wine Pull
Handmade Paper Rosette Station
Spoken Word Performances from our Veteran Community
Private Viewing of Hunterdon Art Museum Galleries
Live Classical Music
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.
On view May 31 through June 17 at the Barron Arts Center, a Frontline Paper exhibition.
Please join us at the Opening Reception, May 31, from 7-9pm.
582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
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.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED: FRIDAY, APRIL 6
Come nerd out about all ways of registration with our own, Rachel Heberling. Whether it's T-and-bar, intaglio, letterpress, relief or screen- eyeballing or hole punching/pin registration, we will talk all about it. No actual printing will be done, just showing examples.
Open to members only
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.
This class is FULL! you can sign up for the waitlist:
Dragonfly Music & Coffee Cafe
14 E Main St, Somerville, NJ 08876
Open to members
Come grab a coffee or tea and pastry, and chat with other artists!
Every two months, we will base our discussion around a specific topic. You can bring information about that topic to contribute or purely come to listen, learn, and engage!
Our February topic is Exhibiting: Where and How Do I Get My Work Shown?
Please note, there's no simple answer to this question! This has been a requested topic from several members, so we are looking forward to opening up the discussion between artists and administrators at our first small Cafe Culture get-together.