Bending the Rules: Unorthodox Woodcut Monotype and Monoprint

Workshop with Catherine Kernan

Bending the Rules

July 24-28, 2017

Limited to 10

Disrupt traditional processes and broaden your expectations by exploring the limits of relief printmaking using Akua Intaglio inks. The long drying time of soy-based inks allows unorthodox moves from block to plate, or block to block, and back before any ink hits the paper.

While exploiting opportunities for “controlled accidents” and “calculated spontaneity”, choices multiply. Learn to mix and modify inks for viscosity, rolling techniques, additive and reductive layers, overprinting, off-set transfers, trace monotype, ghost images, and chine collé. The transparency, color intensity, soap and water clean-up, and lack of toxic fumes make using Akua Intaglio Inks a liberating experience.

Emphasis is on identifying and enhancing the synergy between individual ways of making art and the processes of printmaking. Demonstrations, one-on-one consultation, critiques, and print viewing encourage individual directions and the pursuit of projects in depth. We will ask what, and how, and why, as well as who you are as an artist.

This workshop welcomes artists new to printmaking and Akua Inks, as well as experienced printmakers.
Catherine Kernan is a painter and printmaker. She is co-founder and partner of Mixit Print Studio and is represented by Soprafina Gallery in Boston and Jason McCoy Gallery in New York. She has taught workshops at Anderson Ranch, Art New England, Peregrine Press, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Institute, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, and MakingArtSafely. Her course teaching includes the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Wellesley College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Pine Manor College. Residencies include the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland; Anderson Ranch; MacDowell Colony; and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work is in the collections of, among others, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, Boston Public Library, Grunewald Collection, New York Public Library, Detroit Institute of Art, and the Harvard Art Museums.

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Workshop Itinerary

  • Monday morning begins with students arriving at the studio between 9:30-10 AM.
  • Daily instruction is 10 AM to 4 PM with the studio open to students between 9:30 AM and 7 PM. Exception is Friday when the workshop ends at 4 PM.
  • Bring a lunch everyday except Tuesday when we go out Dutch for a late lunch
  • Thursday night we host a dinner in our courtyard. Companion welcome.