Chrysalis offers dynamic, reasonably priced printmaking classes for experienced printmakers as well as people who don’t think of themselves as artists — until they start producing gorgeous prints. Chrysalis Print Studio is located in SOMArts, the South of Market Cultural Center, at 934 Brannan (between 8th & 9th), right next to the Trader Joe’s building. Chrysalis is generously supported by SOMArts’ Affordable Space Program.
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Chrysalis Print Studio Classes
Linocut transforms the simplest of images into graphic form, producing bold, dramatic prints. You’ll learn to plan an image, cut a lino plate, and create positive and negative lines. You will print with two or three-color viscosity as well as rainbow rolls, and you’ll learn to register multiple “drops.” Linocuts make gorgeous prints; they can be used to create notecards and to print on fabric as well as paper. Come loosen up, play, and experiment. Beginners welcome, as well as those with experience in the medium; each student will receive individual attention at his or her level. All supplies included, except for paper and linocut plates. Classes are intimate: limited to five students.
CLASS FULL November/December 2019 Linocut: Six MONDAYS: Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16 (no class Nov 11) 6 to 9:30 pm $365
CLASS FULL January/February 2020 Linocut: Six MONDAYS: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10 6 to 9:30 pm $365
February/March 2020 Linocut: Six MONDAYS: Feb 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23. 6 to 9:30 pm $365
Monotypes are often called “painterly prints”: their creation is spontaneous, serendipitous, and immediate. In this class you’ll learn to produce vibrant one-of-a-kind prints combining the simplicity of stencils, the gorgeous detail of leaf and blossom prints, and a rich variety of textures. We’ll explore painting on monotype plates, layering images with multiple “drops,” and chine colle´. Monotypes can be printed on fabric as well as paper. The majority of class time will be devoted to hands-on experimentation and creation. Beginners welcome, as well as those with experience in the medium; each student will receive individual attention at his or her level. All supplies included, except for paper.
CLASS FULL January/February 2020 Monotype: Six Wednesdays: January 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19 6 to 9:30 pm $365
February/March/April 2020 Monotype: Six Wednesdays: February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 6 to 9:30 pm $365
Invite your creativity to come out and play for an afternoon as you immerse yourself in printmaking. Begin with a simple image you love, and leave with an edition of twelve prints made by your hands. You’ll learn all the basics: transferring an image, envisioning it in positive/negative space, carving, inking, and printing on a Griffin etching press. You’ll also learn two versatile printing techniques: rainbow rolls and double drops, each a simple path to dazzling multicolor prints. If you like, bring a t-shirt or tea-towel and print your image (permanent, washable!) on that as well. You’ll go home armed with the skills to continue printing at home with a simple wooden spoon. All materials for this class are included included (for experienced printmakers, up to two full sheets of Stonehenge paper). No experience necessary and no drawing skills required. Limited to five students so you’ll receive individualized attention.
February 2020 Linocut Immersion: Sunday, February 23, 11 to 4 $175 (includes all materials)
Leave perfectionism and control at the door, and invite your creativity to play for an afternoon as you immerse yourself in printmaking. The most serendipitous and experimental of printmaking techniques, monotype is an ideal medium for exploring your creativity. It’s quick and easy to learn, and all about play: you’ll spend the afternoon engaging with color, texture, and the gorgeous detail of leaves and blossoms — and you’ll go home with twelve completely unique prints. All materials for the class are included included (for experienced printmakers, up to two full sheets of Stonehenge paper). No experience necessary and no drawing skills required. Classes are limited to five students so you’ll receive individualized attention.
March 2020 Monotype Immersion: Sunday, March 22, 11 to 4 $175 (includes all materials)
Drawing for the Artistically Shy, Creatively Challenged, & Dexterously Doubtful
If you’ve always wanted to draw but cringed at your most earnest attempts, allow this class to pull back the veil on your creative capacity. Utilizing the insights of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, we’ll do a variety of exercises enabling you to gain access to the visual, perceptual mode of the brain, and then develop such skills as contour drawing, proportion, and perspective. This approach to drawing is truly transformative. All supplies are included, including drawing pad, drawing implements, and learning tools. In order to receive the full benefit of this class, please expect to do at least one and a half hours of homework each work. Classes are limited to five students.
Please check back for next dates (feel free to email me to let me know you're interested!). Drawing: Six Wednesdays, 6 to 9 pm, $375 (includes $25 materials fee)
Introduction to Color Mixing
By popular demand! This one-evening hands-on workshop provides a basic introduction to mixing colors for linocut and monotype printmaking. We will cover: creating a wide range of colors from cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK); using opaque and transparent white; utilizing the color wheel when questions arise; and thinning colors to the proper consistency for rollering. This is an intuitive, rather than theory-based, approach to color-mixing. We'll work with traditional oil-based inks.
CLASS FULL July 2019 Color Mixing: Tuesday, July 16, 6 to 9 pm $55
Delve deep into monotype over the course of two sustained days of printing. You’ll learn to produce vibrant one-of-a-kind prints combining the simplicity of stencils, the gorgeous detail of leaf and blossom prints, and a rich variety of textures. We’ll explore painting on monotype plates, layering images with multiple “drops,” and chine colle´. Monotypes can be printed on fabric as well as paper. The majority of class time will be devoted to hands-on experimentation and creation. Beginners welcome, as well as those with experience in the medium; each student will receive individual attention at his or her level. All supplies included, except for paper. (Please bring a bag lunch or plan to visit Trader Joe’s next door).
CLASS FULL: Saturday August 3, 11-4 and Sunday August 4, 11-3 $250
Introduction to Matcutting
Because professional matting and framing include a huge price mark-up, cutting mats is an essential skill for anyone who creates art on paper. Happily, matcutting is relatively easy, even for those (like me) who find venturing into the world of fractions alarming. You’ll learn the basics of matcutting on a Logan 450 Matcutter, and each participant will mat at least three pieces during the class. The Logan 450 retails for about $175, quickly pays for itself, and the basic function of most matcutters is similar. Cost of class includes acid-free matboard in white or black for mats 16 by 20 or smaller. (For other colors and larger pieces, students should provide own matboard). Participants should bring artwork to be matted and know the size of the frame in which it will reside. Class limited to five students.
Please check back for next mat cutting class: Two Mondays 6 to 9 pm $125
Private Printmaking Parties
I’m happy to put together an afternoon of printmaking for you and your friends. I’ve held printmaking parties for birthdays, baby showers, graduation parties, and just as a way for friends to spend time together. The prints created in the class hold wonderful memories of the afternoon in the studio together. The print studio comfortably holds five printmakers, so classes are limited to that size. All materials are included. Please email me for more information or to set dates.
At Your Convenience, Weekdays or Weekends, 11 to 4
$160 per person for five people (all materials included)
Or make it two glorious days, 11 to 4 and 11 to 3
$250 per person for five people (materials included)
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