Sunday, May 27, 2012

Get Some Relief (Prininting) at Oil and Cotton

Wood Cut Weekender with Brian Scott
June 8, Friday, 6:30-8:30pm - June 9, Saturday, 11-3pm (open studio 3-6pm)

A relief print is an image created by inking a raised surface (recessed areas are ink free) and bringing it in firm contact with paper. A printing-press is not required, as the back of the paper can be rubbed or pressed by hand with a simple tool such as a brayer or roller.

The printing surface or matrix in relief printing is classically created by starting with a flat original surface (wood block, linoleum, rubber, stone, metal) and then removing (e.g., by carving) away areas intended to print white. The remaining areas of the original surface receive the ink. The relief family of techniques includes woodcut, metalcut, wood engraving, relief etching, and linocut.

Explore the art of relief printing with artist Brian Scott during Oil and Cotton's Woodcut Weekender June 8-9.  Learn to conceive, carve, and print an image on on a Linoleum block. Participate in a satisfying and direct art-making process and learn how to powerfully communicate graphically using a “primitive” medium.

Class Objectives
  • choosing suitable themes and designing a strong graphic image
  • block and image preparation
  • discussion of use and care of carving tools
  • cutting a single linoleum block, establishing registration and execution of printing
  • choosing inks and color combinations, edition protocols, and related topics
Each artist will come a away with a finished image and the ability to run an edition (at least 3impressions will be made during class).

Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Demonstration of cutting techniques and discuss and design images. Also we will transfer our images to the blocks and begin cutting.

Saturday, 11-3pm (open studio 3-6pm)
Work Day! We will have a proofing and printing demonstration. Also finish cutting our linoleum block and proof image. We will print our blocks. Have a demonstration of how to expand the image to a multiple color print. Review and discuss our prints.
*On Saturday, students are welcome to stay until 6pm for open studio to continue printing.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thank You Gabbe Grodin!!!

Yesterday, we said farewell to our spectacular spring intern, though we know she will not be a stranger. Thank you for sharing your energy, love of art, and neon pink heart with our students and teachers. You will be MISSED! We look forward to hearing about your next adventure. Above are several of her studies, full of color just like Gabbe.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Screen Printing at Oil and Cotton

Screen printing, also known as silkscreen printing or serigraphy is a most simply put, a stenciling process. An image is transferred onto a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance, and ink is forced into the mesh openings of the mesh by the fill blade and onto the printing surface. Screen printing first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD). The silk meshed used during that time has now been replace by synthetic materials. Screen printing is one most versatile and accessible of all printing processes, and can be used to print on just about anything.

Join us for our five week DIY Screen Printing Class, June 2 - 30, 3-6pm. This workshop will provide an in depth understanding of the screen printing process. Students will build a press and learn everything they need to know to silkscreen within their own home/studio. During class, students will complete at least two silkscreen projects. Each student will receive an 18 page workbook filled with information and tips for continued printing after class! This is the last week for registration. Visit our website to sign up today. We are also offering a five week Saturday Screen Printing Camp for Kids June 2-30, 1-2:30.

The above screen print, titled Three Deer, was originally printed by American Indian artist Woody Crumbo in the 1950's. To learn more about his work visit the National Museum of the American Indian.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Calligraphy this FRIDAY!!!

Friday, May 25, 6:30-9pm
Instructor Andrea Estrada

Are you ready to delve a little further into calligraphy? In this workshop students will learn Foundational Hand using pen and ink, as well as how to make an accordion style booklet with a handwritten note inside. Take-home practice materials will be provided, and all materials included. Materials include: metal nibs, nib holder, ink, paper, blank stationery, cardboard (for booklet backing), and paper strips (for booklet insides). Beginners are welcome. Register today!!!

Students that have taken Andrea's previous calligraphy classes receive 10% off of this class by entering the code: INK