Creative ImagOn

Workshop with Neal Smith

ImagOn: Large Plate Creative Photopolymer

July 20-24, 2020

Limited to 4 students – We need the room to move large plates around! 2 spots left

Learn to make your own plates from ImagOn film, save a ton, and be free to go beyond the limitations of pre-made plates.

MakingArtSafely has had a long and storied history with ImagOn beginning with both developer proponents: Keith Howard and Mark Zaffron. When those guys past away, too young, ImagOn exited MAS’s schedule.

Now we are bringing it back!

This course is made for people who love to work large enough to experience their whole range of physical motion, work the image and plate together as interpretive, and choices less than process.

The master of that is Neal Smith.

You will learn plate preparation, laminating and over laminating ImagOn. Hand and digital transparency approaches, exposure, development, inking, re-inking , selective inking… and printing. “Let’s dive into real art making and break the rules.” It will be wild!

Neal Ambrose-Smith, descendent of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana, is a contemporary Native American painter, sculptor, printmaker, and Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has also developed an app Artist Ideas with 100 ideas for making art, available for Android and Apple. His work is included in the collections of many national and international museums and institutions, including the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Galerie municipale d’art contemporain in Chamalières, France, and Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. He received his BA from the University of Northern Colorado and MFA from the University of New Mexico. 

This is a process we know well, but with something new to say. Discounted from what will be $1399.00 after 2020 to give it a kick start!

What’s Included

Enough ImagOn and plate substrates to make 3 20×30″ plates

6 sheets of 30×40″ paper

Transparency material

Well stocked studio

See “What to Bring” for additional suggestions of materials.

What to Bring

The following is a list of additional items for carborundum collagraphs you may want to bring:

  • Digital images on a thumb drive, laptop, or smartphone
  • Ideas for source materials such as your drawings and photographs
  • Drawing tools (assorted pencils, erasers)
  • A notebook and pen
  • Brushes for a variety of material – a variety of sizes to suit your working style. Bring the good the bad and ugly brushes (note: the studio has some communal brushes)
  • Large enough luggage to prints and plates, and stiff protector such as cardboard or a mat board. You may end up choosing to ship work home.

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

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.