Then you must check out Gretchen Schermerhorn's class this June up at Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. If you are unfamiliar with WSW, they are a 30 year old arts organization with an emphasis in printmaking, papermaking and book arts. Gretchen (Pyramid Atlantic's Director the Papermill, Artistic Collaboration and Outreach) did a residency there back in December and now wants everyone to share in the joy that is WSW.
This is your chance, if you've ever wanted to explore this medium. Gretchen's an internationally-known and sought-after artist, so you'll be learning from the best. Plus, she's very cool and lots of fun. Details below:
From Paper To Print with Gretchen Schermerhorn
Paper is to printmaking as banana skins are to bananas, the structure that contains and supports the delicious product. In this hybrid workshop we will focus on creating customized handmade papers for monoprint, relief and intaglio printmaking. We will begin with the basics of sheet formation, using cotton rag, flax, and abaca fibers, and the focus will be on variation of thick to thin and opaque to translucent sheets. Pigmentation and the use of additives will be covered. Then we will move on to stencil work, pulp printing and chine colle (collage)-all methods that will later register with printed matter. The second half of the class will be spent printing on our handmade papers. Polyester plate lithography, relief and screenprinting will be taught, with an emphasis on using the papers that were made in the first part of the class, to create richly layered prints.
July 19 - 23, 2010. To learn more, click here and scroll down to Gretchen's workshop