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Course Description

Join us and learn printmaking methods that you can use on your own at home- easily and with no expensive materials or tools. These techniques prove to be a great tool for your artistic tool box, as well as providing opportunities for very family-friendly art experiences!

Part One:
The Playful Brayer

The technique of printing fresh botanicals utilizes a common printmaking tool, a brayer, usually employed to spread or apply ink for printing. In this case, we will use the brayer as a press of sorts, which results in a very painterly approach in comparison to most printmaking methods. It’s a great way to produce multiple prints, each one completely different from the last and it is a beginner-friendly process, easy for children and adults alike. We will spend time learning the basics of one-color printing, mixing custom colors and will use multiple color images for more dramatic effect. This is a great way to make cards and items such as notebooks and stationery. It is very effective for collage work but also strong enough to stand alone in a frame.

Part Two:
Gelli Plate Explorations

Gelatin plates, first developed in the 1800’s, have been used by printmakers for years but were cumbersome, having to be made by the artist and so not readily available if the mood struck. Enter two female artists, who offered the first commercially synthetic version of a gel plate in 2011 and founded GelliArts. The idea was sheer genius, combining soft-edged results with the ease and convenience of the modern world. There are so many options with a Gelli Plate-it could take a full week of classes to cover them! We will explore the basics, starting with stencils, masks and dried- pressed botanicals. You will experiment and explore what you can and cannot do with these monotype plates. At the end of the day, we will discuss what you can do with all of the prints you create during class, including but not limited to: framing, cardmaking, collaging, incorporating the work in your book binding efforts, and more!

Part Three:
Color Extraction Printing

Commercial fabrics are often overdyed, meaning more than one dye bath is employed to reach a one-color result. Using color extraction methods, we can reveal the underlying colors to create depth and layers to the surface of the fabric or paper. We will work primarily with fresh botanicals and found objects to create interesting surface design patterns, primarily on fabric and some paper. We will use masks and stencils to create explore patterning the surface of fabric and paper to take the plain and simple color to the next level. If you are a seamstress you could actually plan your final garment and use this technique to create a unique and amazingly beautiful piece of wearable art. Or you can use your work in many other ways.

For questions or assistance please contact Elizabeth Buccino, Director of Education

Cancellation Policy

AAN depends upon student tuition to continue to offer classes and workshops. Due to our commitment to small class sizes and the hands-on nature of art education, we are greatly impacted by cancellations. Nevertheless, we do understand that plans change. If you need to cancel your reservation for a class or workshop, please note our cancellation/refund policy here and let us know as soon as possible.


All materials included in tuition.

Printmaking: Exploring Three Monotype Methods, 18+

Bee Shay

Bee Shay has been an art instructor since 1976 and a full-time island resident since 2006. She studied art in high school and college and hasn’t stopped learning since. In 2010, she authored the book, **Collage Lab** (Quarry Books), which has been published in 5 languages, remains in print today, and was adopted by several public-school systems to be used by their art departments. Bee has been a print maker since the early 1990's and has been a longstanding member, instructor, and board member of the Nature Printing Society; an international non-profit group whose mission is to teach the love and respect of the natural world through art, with outreach programs into public and private schools and groups all over the world. Bee is a nationally recognized instructor, who decided to stop traveling to focus on her island community. She has taught for AAN and the Nantucket Atheneum, and has worked with the faculty of the Nantucket Lighthouse School developing art-based educational projects for the classroom for over 15 years.
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