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.
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
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
Writing artist statements and bios can be frustrating or daunting at times. It may be difficult to write about your own work in a clear and concise way. In addition, you need to know your audience!
Whether this is your first time writing your artist statement and bio, or you need to update an old one, this workshop is designed to help you understand your audience and effectively describe your work and process. We will also discuss the ins and outs of developing a strong artist bio and how to set it apart from your artist statement.
This is an interactive workshop for artist professional development, so be prepared to talk about yourself and provide feedback to others!
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 summer, Frontline Arts is partnering with BIG INK to bring the art of large-scale woodcuts to New Jersey! Throughout the weekend of July 14th and 15th, BIG INK will be at our studios printing from large woodcuts carved months ahead of time by artists who've registered to participate at our location in this national touring program. Any artist can register! They state, "Painters, sculptors, photographers and any other ambitious souls are welcome to apply. You don’t have to be an expert printmaker. We’ve coached accepted participants of all career levels, from emerging to established, through the process."
It's free to submit your proposal, and accepted artists pay $295 to participate. The fee covers everything, including paper, ink, cleaning supplies, and professional photography. It does not cover the purchase of your woodblock. For more information and to apply, click here.
We're extremely excited to host a BIG INK event this summer at our studios!
DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 7th, 2018
There are less than 20 spots for participation, so if you're interested, we encourage you to register soon!
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.
This two-day workshop on the Vandercook press will explore the use of pressure printing and layering to create imagery for a broadside or simple book structures. Discussion and demos will focus on the effects of various materials and textures on this alternative letterpress printing process, as well as page layout and color theory.
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.
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.
This class is FULL! You can sign up for the waitlist
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!
We are pleased to announce our 44th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition! 27 Artist Members are represented in this year's show, selected through a blind jury process by juror, Ahni Kruger. Read more on our Current Exhibitions page.
Exhibition runs from December 8, 2017 through January 6, 2018.
Opening Reception December 9, 2017 from 2:00-5:00pm.
RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/545988649068039/
Image Credit: Leokadia Stanik
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.
Learn the beauty of basic intaglio with the ease of soap and water cleanup! We will be using the best oil formulated, non-toxic inks from Caligo and Charbonnel. Whether you have created many drypoints or are learning for the very first time- this class is for you!
Before the era of Twitter, Facebook, blogging and photocopying, getting your message out was not such a straightforward business. In the golden, but low-tech age of 1960s protest, with options for independent broadcasting or publishing limited, silkscreen printing was the street campaigner's weapon of choice.
This five hour woodblock relief printing class will explore the wonders of non-toxic printing using Caligo Safe Wash relief ink. This class is open to beginners and experienced artists alike, and will focus on working with safe materials.
December 9, 2017 - January 6, 2018
This year's theme: NO THEME!
DEADLINE to Submit: November 13, 2017 at Midnight
While PCNJ/Frontline Arts is working toward strengthening and expanding our programs to better serve artists, rest assured, your Annual Members’ Exhibition is at the top of our list!
JUROR: Ahni Kruger
Combat Paper NJ and Warrior Writers Exhibition and Spoken Word Performance at Torpedo Factory Art Center
Art made during a multi-day workshop at the USO Ft. Belvoir, will be hung on display in a one night exhibition and spoken word performance at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, in Alexandria, VA. There will be an opening reception, where participants will read poetry and talk about their experiences in the performance starting at 7pm.
Combat Paper NJ will be conducting a multi-day papermaking workshop at USO Belvoir where veterans and service members will connect and learn how to make paper from military uniforms. Participants will also be able to share their experiences with in closed-door workshop sessions, learn how to make paper from uniforms, and print unique images on the newly formed paper to create a finished work of art.
The week kicks off on Wednesday, August 7th and runs through August 10th. The artwork made will then displayed in an art exhibition on Friday August 11th at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. There will be an opening reception at 7:00pm.
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