Intro to Gel Printmaking
instructor: Franca Van Allen
category: Printmaking, Myrtle Press
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Join us for a three session introductory workshop into the world of printmaking, where students will learn how to use gel plates and acrylic paint to create colorful, multi-media monoprints! In the first session, you will cut out stencils and masks to create multiple layers, and learn one “resist” technique to transfer your shapes and designs to the gel plate. The second class will focus on the printmaking techniques and the history of collage and Pochoir (stencils) through the Matisse experience, followed by a new mark making technique. In the last session, you will learn how to use watercolor and water soluble media for print transfers. Students will be able to experiment with Yupo paper, mineral paper, and polystyrene. When dry, these prints will be embellished with pencils, pens and other media.
Creative and fun, this workshop is for seasoned 2D artists and beginners alike.
WHEN: Sundays October 23, 30 and November 6
TIME: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
INSTRUCTOR: Franca Van Allen
About the Teaching Artist
Born and raised in Italy, Franca’s formal training is in psychology and philosophy. She is a “mostly self-taught” artist, although she has attended classes in painting and more traditional forms of printmaking. It is through the printmaking process that she developed her most creative work. The exploratory mode of this process, and the focus on self-teaching has a very positive effect on her creativity and supports her in her practice.
In order to create a safe and encouraging environment for creativity, we ask that all attendees comply with Verge’s non-discrimination policy which prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment based on race, color, gender, gender identity/expression, age, physical or mental disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by the state or local laws. We also ask that everyone contribute positively to a safe and comfortable environment for all attendees. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not abide by our community standards stated above.
Cancellations and Refund Policy
Verge Center for the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes, to change instructors, and to make other changes that may become necessary to ensure a quality experience for participants. In the event that a class is canceled, we will contact all registrants and offer the option of transferring to another available session, or receiving a full refund.
If a participant wishes to withdraw from a class, they must do so in writing at least seven days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals occurring within seven days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of 50 percent of the total class fee. No refunds are given to withdrawals that occur 24 hours before the class begins. Transfers are not accepted after a class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.