Matrix and Layers

Workshop with Ron Pokrasso

Matrix and Layers

September 25-29, 2017

Who is this course for? Photographers, printmakers, painters, collage artists, just about anyone who wants to get beyond media purism will benefit from Matrix and Layers

You have all this STUFF like photos, drawings, history, scraps. What do you do with it? Make mixed media prints of course. Matrix refers to repeatable information on a printing plate like an etching, lithograph, linocut and so forth. Most prints are limited to just their matrix, but this class looks at expanding beyond the matrix to get something more. The notion of the “artist as an inventor” is stressed as mixed media techniques open the door to limitless opportunities. The approach is energetic and flexible; each participant’s individual needs help to dictate the direction of the workshop.

For photographers, a fine photographic print is not the goal. Instead photographic images are starting points providing marks to be used for their cumulative graphic potential and to combine to complete new expanded compositions. While you have a couple of photographic images in progress you may decide to incorporate a monotype background plate and perhaps a collage element. By having numerous surfaces to work from, your options will become endless. The mixing and matching of imagery has the potential to move you into very exciting new directions.

For artists who are familiar with monotype as a primary mark making technique, this workshop focuses on the use of multiple plates, collage elements and the incorporation of photo-based imagery to create richly layered compositions. Rather than trying to compose on just one surface, you will learn how to think in layers where many options become available in one or more impressions

Instruction includes the preparation of digital imagery for photopolymer plate making as well as in depth demonstrations of monotype, chine collé/collage and various inking, printing and registration techniques. Experienced artists are encouraged to bring previously prepared matrices for integration into this open-ended workshop process 

This workshop is suitable to all levels of experience and runs 10-4 each day with a one hour lunch break. Additional open studio work time is included after instruction Monday through Thursday.

What’s Included

The studio includes printing presses, printing inks, plate material and all the other common materials for making monotypes will be at your disposal during whatever hours the host studio sets. It is a long list. Also included per participant are 5 sheets of 22x30” Arches 88 paper plus 2 12x16″ photopolymer plates. Arches 88 does brilliantly and is how Ron works on his own prints. For most people it is more than enough paper to complete the workshop. For those who need lots of paper during the workshop it is for sale at highly competitive pricing.

What to Bring

Note that a portion of your registration fee is used to provide an extensive array of relevant shop needs, including: ink, ink knives, modifiers, cleaning supplies, paper towels and rags, tarlatan, newsprint, mat knives, aprons, some drawing acetates, india ink, and a thorough list of other communal creative print shop needs. What is not covered by your fees is additional printing papers and other non-communal printing supplies such as specialized plates.  As described below paper and other items you might want for your own are available at excellent prices and are listed at Shop Supplies. Additional, items are constantly being added.

  • Water base brushes – a variety of sizes to suit your working style
  • Collage materials – rice papers, old prints/drawings, photos, photocopied material, found materials – this is totally open to each participant; (local art stores have loads of exotic papers)
  • Sharpie Marker (not pen) Fine Point – you know the most common one.
  • Drawing and other materials- a small selection of personal mark making stuff is good to have along; masking tape, sharpie marker, clips, cutting tools (remember airport security!), pieces of sandpaper, etc. in a small tool kit or pencil case is sufficient; (colored Stabilo pencils and China markers are great to draw over dry ink)
  • Previously etched or exposed plate(s)- This is optional and only to work in conjunction with the processes discussed in the workshop
  • Brayers – odd sizes or personal favorites specific to your needs (workshop provides a large assortment of standard brayers)
  • Good hand pencil sharpener for soft leads (electric provided in studio)
  • Recommended reading: Monotype- Mediums and Methods For Painterly Printmaking by Julia Ayres, 1991 Watson Guptill publisher.
  • Large enough luggage to pack small and medium prints, with stiff protector (cardboard or matt board). Large prints can be shipped to you at the listed fee or you can roll them in a shipping tube at your discretion.

That’s it! Any questions about supplies, please feel free to contact us.

Workshop Itinerary

  • Monday begins with students arriving at studio between 9:30 and 10 AM
  • Studio is open to students from 9:30 AM – 7 PM. Exception is Friday, workshop ends at 4 PM