Japanese Side-bound Books
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Japanese Side-bound Books

Instructor: Nikki Thomspon
Price: $75 (materials included)

The Japanese sidestitch, or stab binding, became popular in the 14th century. We will bind three Japanese-style books in a basic stab binding pattern, a tortoise shell binding pattern, and a hemp pattern. We will learn to pierce sewing stations and bind or sew the book. The final products make beautiful gifts or journals.

About the Instructor:

Nikki Thompson is a book artist (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press) and poet. With an MFA from the California College of the Arts, her art explores architecture, feminism, and the politics of work through the mixed media of bookmaking, printmaking, and photography. Her work has been awarded First Prize at Gallerie Renee Marie and a Purchase Prize at 23 Sandy Gallery, as well as a nomination for a Pushcart Prize and recipient of the College Book Arts Association Project Assistance Grant. Her work can be seen at deconstructedartichokepress.com

Twitter/Insta: d_artichoke
Facebook: DeconstructedArtichokePress



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Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing into the Print with Drypoint

When: Saturday:  Nov. 2nd AND Saturday Nov.9th , 2019, 10 am – 4 pm
Instructor: Katherine Venturelli
Cost:  $100 (10 students max.)
Material Fee $35 paid to instructor (additional fee for larger plate selection)

Learn the basics of this simple non-toxic printmaking technique developed in the 15th century.  It is the most direct of all intaglio techniques and only requires scratching into a metal or plastic plate with a sharp needle. Drypoint technique is valued for its fresh and expressive lines which create a deep richness to an image. In a hands-on experience, workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of plate-making, use of simple drypoint tools, inking, press printing techniques, and explore the possibilities of adding monoprint and chine collé/collaging to the image. Drawing may be completed at home during the interval. In the second session, we spend the day experimenting with printing.  All levels welcomed!

Material List and instructional handouts will be provided. Please bring a lunch if you desire.

About the instructor:

Katherine is noted and awarded for her mixed media prints and artists books which are created in her print studio located in Amador County. Her artworks are held in numerous private and special collections including the Palace Legion of Honor, S.F., and the Crocker Art Museum. As an art instructor and lecturer for the past 40 years, she has been able to share her passion for the printmaking medium.  

katherineventurelli.com

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Screen Printing & DIY Portable Print Studio
Aug
17
1:30 PM13:30

Screen Printing & DIY Portable Print Studio

Instructor: Chris Dacre
Price: $85 (materials included)

Screen Printing can be done almost anywhere as long as you have a few key components. This class will walk you through the basics of screen printing; from printing and registration technique to taking out the mystery of getting an image onto the screen. You will learn how to create your own portable home studio for very little cost and how to print multi-colored prints. This class will provide you with the know-how and confidence you need to print t-shirts, posters and anything else you can think of on your own with just a little bit of practice and patience.

About the instructor:

Chris Dacre has been teaching printmaking techniques over the past 15 years in universities and workshops around the country. He currently works out of his home studio in Nevada City, CA.

IG handle @chrisdacre



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Pochoir Monotype
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Pochoir Monotype

Instructor: Ruth Santee
Price: $95

Pochoir Monotype is a variation of monotype using stencils to build layered images. Monotype printmaking can be daunting. By adding Pochoir Stencil Art to Monotype, artists can easily produce prints with layered color and amazing unpredictable patterns. Pochoir Monotype begins with the designing and cutting of stencils. Stencil forms can be simple or complex. Students may also use found stencil shapes; such as leaves and other organic material. Stencils are inked and layered face up on the inky mono plate. The first print is graphic and straightforward. Flipping, layering and re-inking the stencils and plate create the exciting second and subsequent prints. Pochoir Monotype is perfect for creating a series of prints or body of work because of the prints relational quality. Students are asked to bring ideas for stencil/shapes, and organic materials such as leaves. All tools and materials for this workshop are provided; including BFK paper, mono plate, ink, brayers, modifiers and materials for making stencils. Instructor will have student examples to share. All levels are welcome. Please bring a lunch.

About the instructor:

Ruth Santee is a California based artist whose work has been exhibited in museum, non-profit and gallery venues. She received a BFA from the College of Santa Fe, NM and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Santee is a recipient of the Cadogan Fellowship Award from the San Francisco Foundation and a recipient of a commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Santee’s work is in the permanent collection of the University of Oregon and the David Brower Center, Berkeley CA. In addition to her studio practice and exhibition record, Santee is the director and co/owner of Transmission Gallery in Oakland, CA. Transmission Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the heart of the Oakland art scene that exhibits work by local and regional artists. Transmission Gallery is a member of the Oakland Art Murmur and SF Art Dealers Association. Santee has also been influential in Fine Art Education. She has taught at the California College of Art Extended Ed Program, UC Davis, Saint Mary’s College, and Bakersfield College. Currently she is a tenured professor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton CA. where she teaches printmaking, 2D Design and Color Theory.

www.ruthsantee.com

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Pinhole Camera & Photography Workshop
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Pinhole Camera & Photography Workshop

Instructor: Muzi Li Rowe
Price: $10

Exploring the magic of photography through its most fundamental form: camera obscura, aka the pinhole image. Camera obscura is a a naturally occurring optical phenomenon that has inspired and has been implemented by artists and scientists over many centuries. In this one day intensive workshop, you will first learn how to build a functional camera with everyday materials, and create your very own black and white photograph in the darkroom! You don’t have to know a lot about photography to make a pinhole image, not knowing the result makes the process full of excitement, surprises and lots of fun!

About the Instructor:

Muzi Li Rowe is best known for her optical assemblages of obsolete technology and photographs made using them. She works with the physical elements of camera, observing photography through its own medium. Often working with various historical and alternative photographic processes, she reflects the significance of practicing the analog medium in the current age. Rowe’s work is influenced by the works from the New Topographics and The Picture Generations, as well as folk art and DIY culture.

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Rowe has lived in between Beijing, Sydney, Hawaii and California since the age of 17. She received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from University of Sydney, Australia and a Master of Fine Arts from University of California Davis. Rowe has exhibited in the US, China and Australia, at venues including Slosumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, TN; Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, CA; Coffs Harbor Regional Gallery, Australia; Carriage Works, Sydney, Australia; and Bronze Ware Museum, Ordos, China. Rowe currently works as a freelance photographer, specializing in artwork documentation and product photography under the name Eighteen Percent Labs. Rowe lives and works in Sacramento, California.

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Polyester Plate Lithography
May
29
to May 30

Polyester Plate Lithography

WHEN: Wednesday May 29th & Thursday May 30th
TIME: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
PRICE:  $110 (Materials are included in this fee)
WHERE: Myrtle Press
WHO: Adults (Registration is limited to 10 participants)

Instructor: Summer Ventis

Polyester plate lithography is a fun and easy introduction to lithographic processes, which rely on the resistance between oil and water. In this workshop, you will create a two-layer image using a combination of digital and hand-drawn techniques, printed in black and white and color. This class is taught in partnership with Myrtle Press.

About the Instructor:

Summer Ventis’s work uses the printed surface to address internal and external landscapes and their intersections; the imprints we leave on each other and our surroundings and the imprints that our surroundings leave on us. She received a BA in Art from Grinnell College and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work has appeared in national and international group exhibitions, including “The Contemporary Print 2017” at Flatbed Press in Austin, TX, and “Global Print 2017” in Douro, Portugal; and is held by collections including those of the Denver Art Museum and Proyecto ’ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Recent solo exhibitions include “Emigrant Lake[s]” at the Oregon Governor’s Office and “I looked up at the sky and saw what I had put into the ground” at the University of Iowa. She is Assistant Professor of Printmaking at California State University Sacramento.

summerventis.com
Instagram: @summerventis
Facebook: Summer Ventis

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Print Day in May
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Print Day in May

Be part of Print Day in May, an international celebration of printmaking! Print Day in May began in 2007 at the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Monterey, CA. Print Day in May is one day each year when printmakers all over the world come together through printmaking, and then share about it on the Official Print Day In May Blog: www.printdayinmay.com

All are invited! Bring your own plate to print, or make one at Myrtle Press, we will have monoprint printmaking available. Drop by to work on your own prints, see what is happening, meet printmakers, find out about Myrtle Press, and see prints being made.

11 - 12  Work on prints  
12 - 1     Pot luck lunch - Bring a salad to share
1 - 2      Vandercook Press demo with Barb Hennelly, Bassackward Press.
2 - 4      Make a test print on the Vandercook Press

Print for $5, otherwise this is a free event

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