Monotype and Inspiration

Workshop with Dan Welden

Monotype and Inspiration

June 24-28, 2024

Limited to 8 – 5 seats left

Leaving expectations behind, you will experience creativity without pre-conceived thoughts. Dan’s approach is one of discoveries, leaving room for the unexpected while learning from the process. Plan on simple techniques and surprises that will excite you with amazing marks and color.

One morning we will meet early to caravan to an inspirational landscapes like Ghost Ranch, Apache Canyon, Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe or elsewhere, stoping for a Southwest breakfast (and coffee) along the way. The desert’s rock fissures, canyons, arroyos and the early morning will inspire images in preparation for afternoon studio work. A bonus moment is the optional 18X24” Solarplate you may choose to use as a separate work of art, or combine with a monotype plate of the same size. The Solarplate is not included in your fee but the learning opportunity has proven an extremely popular option in past workshops.

Studio practices will include monoprinting combined with drawing; the Solarplate “walkabout”;  painting on plexi; subtractive and additive monotype. Caran d’Ache aqarelle crayons, colored pencils, ink, markers…bring it on!

What’s Included

The studio of MakingArtSafely is well equipped with presses, inks, and all the typical materials and tools. In addition there are plastic plates for painting and drawing on, and all that is needed for Dan to teach. There is also a good selection of mark making pencils, old brushes, and markers appropriate to monotype.

What to Bring

You could arrive with none of the following items, just the clothes on your back, and be fine.  But you will want to consider the following list.  However, if packing all these things for air travel is overwhelming, there are excellent art supply stores in Santa Fe for anything not already available in the studio, except, of course, those items personal to you.

Note your General Studio Fee is used to provide an extensive array of relevant shop needs, including ink, ink knives, modifiers, a reasonable amount of paper which will cover your learning needs, cleaning supplies, paper towels and rags, tarlatan, newsprint, mat knives, aprons, some drawing acetates, India ink, and a thorough list of other communal creative printshop needs. What is not covered by your fees are non-communal printing supplies such as Solarplates if desired.

  • Source materials such as sketches and drawings, even photographs.
  • Old manual plastic toothbrush
  • Scratching tools, anything not too sharp (pack in bag you are checking, remember airport security!)
  • Watercolor and or bristle brushes
  • Good hand pencil sharpener for soft leads (electric provided in studio)
  • Laptop is optional. but maybe a flash drive with images that you want to work with while you are here.
  • Large enough luggage to pack small and medium prints, with stiff protector (cardboard or mat 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 morning begins with students arriving at the studio between 9:30-10 AM.
  • Morning starts will depend if there is a field trip. Daily instruction can end at 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 Wednesday, when we will go Dutch together to Cafe Fina.

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