Hand Monoprinting Techniques for Book Arts

$ 180.00

August 18th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Ann Miller
  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: August 18th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 18th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

This one-day hand monoprinting class presents an essential and versatile component of mixed-media art making. Rich textures and color blends are part of the exciting revelation of this experimental process. Compositional fluidity and layering provide the important element of discovery. 

With the recent development of “open acrylics” the monoprint has become very user friendly, especially for artists who don’t use oil-based media.  

Open acrylics are water soluble, with an extended drying time. They allow an image to be developed and captured as a transfer with very little loss of detail. We will explore how to use the materials, and combine a printed image with other marks, drawing, or calligraphy for expressive impact. A series of guided exercises and methods will cover a number of different ways of making the print, from direct drawing into the paint, to pressure through the paper, to overlapping layers and combination with letters and words. 

Bring fresh paper but also raid your stash of unfinished artwork “to be solved someday”! Bring pages with words on them, sketches, drawings and marks of any kind. It’s the counterpoint that is interesting in this additive—and addictive—process. A simple printed shape can often solve a design, and change the way you think about your art.  Experience the moment of creation in this active class. Get it moving!

Materials to Bring: 10-12 sheets of favorite papers; 9x12 minimum size, assorted (white sketch paper, watercolor, deeper toned paper); a few brushes of various sizes to use with Golden Open Acrylics (round or flat, nylon bristles); Sumi ink; some broad edge pens, any sizes; charcoal or carbon pencil (optional); bring a tube or two of acrylic gouache if you have it on hand (some open acrylic paint will be supplied, but if you have Golden Open Acrylic Paint or Chroma Atelier Interactive Paint already, bring your favorite colors); plastic bag slightly larger than your paper; small palette; water container; a selection of diverse mark-making & writing tools (pens, brushes, balsa wood, ruling pen or cola pen, twigs, palm-leaf stem, bamboo whisk – anything you can dip in ink!) 

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: pencil, utility blade, ruler, rags, self-healing cutting mat, water container.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $180.00

Date & Time: Friday, August 18, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Ann Miller

Ann Miller, AB, AM Stanford University, studied painting and lithography with artists Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira and has taught art and art history classes at Stanford, University of Santa Clara, San Mateo Community College district, and in local guilds and arts venues. In 1979 she founded M2 Design for calligraphy and design. In 2002 she authored two courses in calligraphy and letterform at Academy of Art University and is currently writing a new course covering logo, font, and lettering for illustrators. 

Her calligraphy has been published in Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered, and Alphabet, and her book titles for Protean Press can be found in the Harrison Collection at San Francisco Main Library. Her art is in public and private collections and has been widely exhibited. She created of a series of large calligraphy murals for the City of Belmont's new public library and a 12-foot long family tree scroll for actress Brooke Shields for the NBC television series “Who do you think you are?” Visit Ann at http://www.pennib.com(link is external).


Past Student Reviews:

 “I very much like Ann Miller's approach to calligraphy and art. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill and is an excellent teacher.

“I appreciated her humor, and overall mastery of her art.”

“Ann is a very generous and accomplished teacher. Attentive to individual needs and well equipped for helping with creative and technical decision making. Provided lots of tools and shared her supplies.”

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