The Agony and the Ecstasy: Linocut Printing for Beginners

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Linocut Printing for Beginners


Thursdays, March 21, 6:30-9pm & March 28, 6:30-8pm

Registration Deadline: March 14

Adults 18+

This course aims to familiarize new printers with the basics of relief printing process and materials that are easy to work with, use at home, and get great results.  This course will take participants through the process of designing a print block, using transfers (as needed for images and/or text), carving, printing, and ways to add color.  Students in the first class will work on design, carving, and end with a run of 8 prints completed in class or with instructions to finish at home (using 2 different kinds of paper).  Class two, the following week, will allow students an opportunity to explore different kinds of finishing (exploring ways to add color with watercolor, ink, and/or colored pencil), learn how to edition their final prints, as well as explore other ways to utilize their print blocks (demonstrating how to print on fabric and use wheat paste adhering to alternative surfaces). Note: all students will be provided with their own ink.

Prerequisite/skill level: Beginner-Intermediate

Instructor: Jenny Gringer is a self-taught printer. She’s spent the past 4.5 years studying and honing her skills in relief printing and experimenting in alternative ways to add color to finished prints.  Her work has been featured in several publications, marketing, shown in galleries in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois, as well as a solo show at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids in August 2017. Art has been her passion since the age of 4 when she picked up a marker, drew an army of snowmen (accidentally) in a library book, and had to confess her crime to the children's librarian.  She plans to bring this level of lawlessness, unorthodoxy, and enthusiasm to class.


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