We’ve been inundated with emails and more about all the spring printmaking classes now being offered. Has this weather got your creativity blooming? We’ve got organizations offering print and paper classes in your area:
Pyramid Atlantic–of course we’ll start off with our favorite art center right down stairs! Check out classes in letterpress, silkscreen, papermaking and more!
Lower East Side Print Shop-Are you in the New York area? Check out the printmaking courses being offered this spring/summer by the Lower East Side Print Shop!
Santa Cruz Art League–if you’re looking for a painting or drawing course on the west coast, check out their course catalog for anything from figure drawing to landscape pastels.
Chicago Printmaking Collaborative–Congratulations to this group for expanding their course offerings-including a new course on lithography that’s been reinstated after years of absence. We hope they continue to grow!
Cat Tail Run Bookbinding-This Winchester, VA group has two marbling classes coming up in June that look pretty fun!
Check out the work by Pyramid Atlantic Member artists as well as WPG member artists! Opening Reception today 2-4 pm. We suggest parking in the (free!) municipal parking garage one block south of us on Silver Spring Avenue–it’s going to be a busy day! Enjoy the pictures and see you this afternoon!
“Changing Tides” by Pauline Jakobsberg-print on handmade paper
We’re just crazy about some videos this week! Check out this one on paper collaboration. You want to know something cool–sculptural paper making, letterpress, and artist collaborations are all happening downstairs at Pyramid Atlantic! You can even take some papermaking and letterpress courses down there. Check out their spring offerings, here.
It’s time to sign up for Pyramid Atlantic’s “Paper, Print, and Book,” an international arts adventure and study art making in the tradition of the Italians. This two-week course (June 18-July 3) lead by artist Lynn Sures focuses on:
- Studying Papermaking, including line and chiaroscuro watermarks, with master papermaker Luigi Mecella in the Museum of Paper and Watermark papermill;
- Learning traditional Italian Bookbinding in the museum’s bindery with master bookbinder Giuseppe Baldinelli;
- Mastering printmaking techniques offered by Roberto Stelluti, celebrated local etcher represented in the collection of the Uffizi in Florence, in his own exceptional studio.
There is limited space on this trip, and the deadline for signing up is April 1. Cost is $3,000, which includes tuition and most materials, hotel with full breakfast in the historic center, transportation on most field trips. (It does not include roundtrip transportation from the US to Fabriano or Rome, or travel insurance.) Interested in going or need more information? Contact Jose at jdominguez (at) pyramid-atlantic (dot) org.
For all you artists out there applying to shows, here’s our suggestions:
Pyramid Atlantic Juried Show-This deadline has been extended to March 1. There is no cost to submit for current members. Not a member? No problem $40 gets you a year of membership and the opportunity to submit. All prints, works on paper, and book arts considered. Details are here.
Public Arts-DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities seeks an artist or artist team with significant 3-dimensional experience to design, fabricate and install a permanent public artwork for the new Unity-Parkside Community Health Center, in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood. Based on the submitted qualifications, 3-5 artists or artist teams will be shortlisted and awarded an honorarium of $1,000.00 to create a site-specific proposal that outlines their artistic design and vision. Shortlisted artists will be invited to visit the site and engage with the community for additional insight. You can read more about the project, and submit your qualifications, here. Hurry, entries are due March 4.
2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest–Finally, for the young (K-12) artists in DC Public and Charter Schools, DCCAH is holding their annual contest. Students are invited to create and submit an artwork that will inspire others to respect and celebrate the Cherry Trees. This deadline is February 25, so get your student’s work in today! Email info(at)dccollaborative(dot)org for an entry form.
The world possibly ending in a few days may have you reflecting on what really matters in life. Are you sick of your soul-crushing job and need to get in touch with your inner artist? Well, if we make it to the new year, may we suggest the wide selection of art classes around the area, at places like The Art League (Torpedo Factory’s school), Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, OpenStudioDC, and our very own Pyramid Atlantic. A few recommendations for January PA classes are below and you can see more classes from all of these fine institutions at the links above:
Using Photopolymer for Letterpress: January 12, 10-4 pm: This class will teach you how to use digitally created designs on a Vandercook press.
Make Your Own Valentines: January 13 (Papermaking) and February 3 (Letterpress): Get super crafty and make your Valentines Day cards totally from scratch! On the first Sunday you make your paper, on the second Sunday, you print your design on the pre-created paper cards! Is that too much to try in one go? No problem, you can just sign up for one or the other activities.
Exploration of Kozo: January 12 10-3 pm: Kozo paper is very strong, even when tissue thin. In this course, you will learn how to cook and prepare the fiber, and learn different hand beating techniques. If you like the paper you make here, you might consider the April 27 course that mixes Kozo and Abaca to make LARGE (3×4 feet!) sheets of paper.
Pyramid Atlantic has some super fun fall/winter workshops lined up for the next few months! Our favorites are:
DIY Press Class–Learn how to make your own relief print press! The class will build one press together, and then run off a few woodblock or linoleum prints. Participants will leave the class with blueprints and the knowledge to build their own! This class takes place on Saturday, October 20, 10-4 pm
Make Your Own Holiday Cards–Oh yes, it’s that time of year again-time to start planning for the holiday cards! This is a two-part class where you make your own paper on November 10 and then print your own letterpress card on December 8 (both Saturdays). Just want to make the paper or print the card? No problem–you can just take one or the other.
Poster Workshops–The text-poster aesthetic is very in right now. You can create your own using wood type on October 20 or basic letterpress on December 15.
All these classes (and much more!) are listed at Pyramid Atlantic’s class website.
In just over a week, on Saturday, October 13, Pyramid Atlantic will be hosting an up-scale yard sale. They are still accepting donations in the categories of:
- Antiques – Furniture, mechanical devices in working condition
- Books – Old and rare only. No modern hardbacks
- China/ceramics/porcelain – Higher-end sets preferred
- Collectibles – Almost anything in the world of collectibles
- Curiosities – Anything odd or unusual
- Glass – Fenton, Brilliant cut, decorative, Depression, etched
- Historical memorabilia – Autographs, photos,
- Home Décor – If it look good in someone else’s home, bring it
- Household items – basic stuff everyone needs
- Hollywood – Autographs, photos, memorabilia
- Jewelry – From the very best to costume jewelry
- Lamps – Tiffany-style, banquet lamps, floor or desk lamps
- Militaria – Civil War stuff is very hot
- Pottery – Hardest thing to value – be ready to tell us about it
- Records – Old and in excellent condition. Nothing after 1970
- Native American – Anything authentic
- Silver – Sterling silver souvenir spoons, and flatware
- Sports memorabilia – autographs & cards (pre-1970 only)
- Tools – Power and non-power tools
- Vintage toys – From the 80s, 70s, 60s and earlier
- Used furniture – Chest of drawers, coffee tables, end tables, repurposed/refinished pieces, dining sets, book shelves, chairs
- Western – Anything western
Last year they raised $3,000–with your help donating quality items, and, even better, buying new-to-you treasures–they are looking to raise $4,000!
If you can’t make it by during that time, you can still support the arts by donating to our Go Get Funding Project raising money for next year’s Excellence in Printmaking exhibition. We’re already at 10% of our goal. You can help us reach it with donations as little as $1.
“Field of Vision” a collaborative book print project by Martha Oatway and Tracy Hill.
It’s official! We received word that WPG will have a booth at Pyramid Atlantic’s 2012 Book Arts Fair! We’ll have books from WPG artist Martha Oatway, Rosemary Cooley, Andy Farkas, and more!
This contemporary art celebration, presented in partnership with Montgomery County Public Libraries, showcases the evolution of the book as art and the latest innovations and interpretations of this versatile form bringing together artists and collectors from across the globe. This year’s Book Arts Fair includes a contemporary print component which will examine the print form as an independent medium as well as its relationship to the book.
The creative weekend features over 40 exhibitors and includes events such as special behind-the-scenes tours of D.C. print and book arts collections, contemporary print and book art exhibitors, specialty marketplace, curated exhibition, notable speakers, demonstrations, after-hours receptions, all in Silver Spring’s modern civic building. Make room on your calendars between Thursday, November 16 and Sunday, November 18 for a visit to the Book Arts Fair!
If you missed today’s Intro to Tabletop Letterpress, don’t worry! Pyramid has another one on August 11. In addition to these two classes, they also have a “Meet The Press” workshop: Vandercook on July 26 and Tabletop on August 23.
In addition to their letterpress classes, Pyramid is also offering some other interesting workshops. We’re fans of their Introduction to Screenprinting on Fabric, since everyone wants to know how to make their own T-shirts (or curtains or throw pillows or hand-towels!). This workshop is Saturday, August 25. The Introduction to Japanese Papermaking workshop on July 28 also looks interesting–so many of our printmakers use Japanese paper for its thin flexibility coupled with its strength.
This is just a sampling of the summer courses you can still sign up for. Pyramid’s workshop website has courses through December up now if you’re the plan-ahead type (handmade holiday cards? Yes, please!) Check it out and find a class for your creativity!