Printmaking for the Family: A Series

instructor: Various Myrtle Press Members

category: Printmaking, Myrtle Press

for: Kids 10 & up, Adults

price: FULL SERIES $100 / PER CLASS $40


The members of Myrtle Press have put together a fun printmaking series fit for the whole family! Sign up for the whole series or pick the classes that work best for you. All classes will take place in Myrtle Press inside Verge Center for the Arts. Please note: due to the limited capacity within Myrtle Press, spots are limited and registration fees will only cover 1 adult, and 1 child (aged 10 and up).

Verge Members can email Hannah at for a class discount.

Lego Printmaking – August 3, 10-12 pm

Introducing our innovative LEGO printmaking workshop of art! Perfect for kids and families, it’s a fun-filled activity everyone will love with step-by-step guidance from our teacher.

Make an image on a LEGO baseplate using flat LEGO tiles. Then, ink the tiles using water based ink and a brayer, and print the image on paper. Each person will make their own print.

This class will be a lot of fun!

Instructor: Dixie Laws

Relief Printmaking by Hand with Speedy Carve – August 10, 10-12 pm

Have fun trying out relief printmaking! Make an image on Speedball Speedy Carve, a printing plate similar to a pink eraser. Use U and V shaped tools to carve your image, then print it on paper by hand.

You can make several prints and take home the finished prints. Each person will make their own print.

Experience the happy accidents that happen with printmaking!

Instructor: Dixie Laws & Melanie Slade

Printmaking without a Press – August 17, 12-2 pm

In this fun workshop, you’ll learn how to set up a printing station and work with the Gelli plate, acrylic paints and stencils, to produce amazing monoprints. Bring an apron or just wear an old T shirt…it will get messy!

Instructor: Franca van Allen

About the Instructors

Dixie Laws is a seasoned artist with a diverse background in painting and printmaking. Her experience extends beyond creating art; she has also shared her expertise through teaching both art and elementary grades. As a member of Myrtle Press, located within the Verge Center for the Arts, Dixie Laws contributes to the vibrant community of printmakers in Sacramento. Her involvement in artist-run groups such as Axis Gallery and the California Society of Printmakers underscores her commitment to the local arts scene. Through these affiliations, Dixie Laws actively participates in shaping and promoting the artistic community in Sacramento.

Melanie Slade is a full time reading specialist and part time printmaker.  She learned printmaking at Sierra College 20 years ago and relished her time in the art classes she took, especially printmaking. Melanie likes to work in monotype, etching, and woodcut. She also enjoys watercolor and collage. Melanie explores themes of spirituality, trees and earth, place of home,  relationships, and the plight of women. She loves the layering and versatility that printmaking offers. Melanie helps run the lab sessions at Myrtle Press which gives her a good place to work and a community of sharing with other printmakers; or people wanting to learn the process.  

Franca van Allen was born and raised in Italy, where her love of Art began. Her art focus is on creative compositions with mixed media. This is where she find an ideal space for self expression. She believes printmaking is key to this very fluid approach to art making that emphasizes top down creative processes and exploration in one’s art practice.

Community Standards

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.

Cancellation and Refunds 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% of the total class fee or may transfer to a class of equal or lesser value. Participants are only eligible for one transfer per registration and must get it approved by Verge staff. No refunds or transfers are given to withdrawals that occur 24 hours or less before the class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.