In this class, students will learn how to transfer their images to a UV- sensitive Solarplate using the power of the sun. We will begin by preparing an image for exposure onto a Solarplate. Techniques for exposing the plate, preparing paper for printing, inking the plate, and running small editions on an etching press will then be
covered. This versatile process is suitable for almost any kind of image, including words and text. While learning the exposure process, students will be free to experiment with creating a variety of images, from simple to more complex. Any written words or text can be transferred to a plate and then printed out in the correct (readable) orientation. Writing and imagery can be combined. Students can draw or paint or collage their work
or use their photographs to print from. We will work with non-toxic, water-based inks to ensure safety for the environment and the participants. The intent of this class is to teach the very accessible technical aspects of the process in an atmosphere of fun and guided experimentation. Students will end the weekend with
small editions of their images and an increased understanding of the world of printmaking.
This class is open to all levels. No printmaking experience is necessary.
$10 Material Fee for materials provided by instructor. Students will pay additional price per solarplate, this will vary depending on use. More information will be sent to students upon registration, in addition to what each student should bring to class.
CUTOFF DATE FOR SIGNUP: Tuesday, October 22.
My Beloved West is a collection of Solarprints and books with semi-abstract images and text reflecting Grunewald’s love of the wild places in the American West where she has always made her home. Louise Grunewald teaches calligraphy and design workshops nationally and maintains her studio, Western Hands, in Durango, Colorado. Her artistic passions include lettering, drawing, solarplate printmaking, watermedia painting,and the book arts. Louise’s studio work is largely inspired by time spent outdoors, traveling to new environments, and often taken from
her sketchbook impressions of the world around her. Her work can be seen in numerous private and public collections around the United States and internationally.