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BARN has the great fortune to offer a workshop with Shawn Sheehy, an internationally known pop-up book artist.
This is a rare and fabulous opportunity in this 3 session class to learn paper engineering from a master. Shawn's teaching style accommodates beginners and advanced alike, and you will leave the class with a completed popup book and a good understanding of the basics of popup engineering.
Nearly all pop-ups are built from just two simple, fundamental structures. Learning how and when to use those two structures—and to see the broad range of what they can do—can open the door to a lifetime of exploration. In this three-day workshop, you will explore the fundamentals of paper engineering, learn about the tools and materials of the craft, and finally execute a binding specially designed for pop-ups.
Beginners are welcome; participants with previous experience in fiber arts and/or paper craft will have a leg-up.
There will be an additional $10 supply fee, payable at the beginning of class. Please bring a check or cash.
About the Instructor:
Shawn Sheehy is an artist with a love of ecology who enjoys exploring such themes as interconnectedness, adaptability, and evolution. Passionate about pop-up books, he works sculpturally with the book format and has presented numerous workshops on pop-up engineering across the country.
(MJ's comments: Shawn's basic class was a pivotal experience in my popup career...I truly understood popups after his class!)
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Monotype is a versatile form of printmaking where you apply ink on Plexiglas plates using brushes, rollers and rags, and then run the plate through an etching press to make one-of-a-kind images. Become familiar with the technical aspects of monotype as you discover and explore what fascinates you.
Instructor: Trained as a painter, Wendy Orville has been focused on making monotypes for the past twentyfive years. In 1996, she moved from New Mexico to the Pacific Northwest and found inspiration in the lush, veiled atmosphere of the region.
Wendy Orville was born in New York and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She received a BA in Fine Arts from Yale University and an MFA in Painting from American University. Recently her monotypes have been exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art, and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. She is represented by Davidson Galleries Seattle, Washington.
Wendy has taught at Pratt Fine Arts, The Henry Art Gallery, University of Indiana and numerous other venues. Currently, she teaches monotype workshops for beginning and experienced artists out of her studio, inkgarden, on Bainbridge Island.
Learn the language, tools, and materials of letterpress. Learn the rhythm; learn the type. This is a method of printing that predates our grandparents time. The results can be stunning. The kiss of antique type onto fine paper makes a lasting impression. This class introduces you to the basics of letterpress printing, setting type and printing a monogrammed note card. The meditative process of constructing words out of pieces of lead is very satisfying, and the resulting product is beautiful.
Carl Youngmann began setting type, letter by letter, in 1960; Ellie Mathews combines her experience as a designer with her willingness to explore the techniques of relief printing. Together, they will guide you through the basics and share with you their passion for the craft.
This basic class is the first step in gaining fob access to the letterpress and type cases.
This class will introduce the student to a monoprinting technique using leaves, weeds, grasses, and other plant material.
Participants will leave the studio with a variety of beautiful prints on several different types of paper, as well as having learned how to use the press, proper ink management, paper preparation, and BARN print studio etiquette.
About the InstructorDuring the last ten years, Jan Branham retired to Bainbridge Island after a 35-year career as a public high school art teacher in California. She has since become a full-time printmaker, which she finds very satisfying and artistically nourishing. Jan primarily works using collage and other printmaking techniques such as etching, linocut, woodblock, and collagraph, as well as the mixing of media to satisfy her image curiosity.
Jan currently works with several groups of printmakers as well as being an active member of BARN’s Print Studio. She has been included in a number of local and national shows, from Port Townsend to Brooklyn. See more of Jan’s work at the Island Gallery here on Bainbridge Island.
In this introductory class, we will explore the essential materials and equipment that help you make books that are attractive and well crafted. Paper grain, glue choices, papers and boards, and equipment will be investigated, and various techniques, including scoring, folding, and cutting. Students will learn craftsmanship techniques, tricks and habits which will set them on the road to becoming skilled bookbinders. We’ll cover book binding terms and resources as well as book arts communities and events. You will walk away with a basic skills toolkit for successful book making.
Materials fee: $15 payable in class
Instructor: Mary Jeanne (MJ) Linford has been a professional book artist for over 20 years, under the press name Bad Girl Press. She also works with three other women under the press name Full Plate Press. Her books are in selected museums, libraries and collections nationwide, and can be seen in the book arts room at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Vashon Island artist Ilse Reimnitz along with her fellow artist and assistant, Brian Fisher, will share their monotype printmaking expertise in this two day workshop.
The workshop will cover a variety of techniques employed in the creation of a monotype print. It will include direct printing, printing with stencils, and multiple layering with textures. The combination of these simple techniques result in unique and rich creations.
-Materials fee: A materials fee of $15 is payable in class. Additional paper will be available to purchase at $5 a sheet.
-This class is suitable for both beginning and experienced students.
About the ArtistA talented artist with an interesting past, Ilse has spent the last 30 years in her Vashon Island studio devoting her time to her art practice as well as leading watercolor and monotype printmaking workshops. Born and educated in Germany, Ilse emigrated to Alaska in 1963 where she raised a family and where she went commercial salmon fishing with her husband.
Ilse’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and regionally, including the Fry Art Museum and Bellevue Art Museum. Ilse has received numerous awards and is a signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and the Women Painters of Washington (WPW). She recently received the “Excellence in Figurative Art “ award from the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) in New York City.
"My work is primarily in watercolor and monotype printmaking, sometimes a unique combination of the two mediums.
My approach in each of these mediums relies upon the subtle building of texture and imagery through the layering of pigment. My experience as a watercolor painter makes me appreciate the process of monotype for its immediacy and flexibility.
This layered approach has also led me to a deeper view of my creative vision. I want to convey a sense of wholeness and unity in my work. I hope that my imagery crosses cultural divides, might even span time, and unites the human spirit with the natural environment."
Challenge yourself out of your comfort zone. Move into new creative territory. This workshop will focus on design as a general concept. Assignments and exercises will help students apply these ideas to their own artistic practices.
The exercises will involve paper, metal, wood, fiber and found objects. Each student will bring samples of their work to share with the class and one piece that they are willing to exchange with another student. There will be one-on-one guidance from the instructor.
The instructor wants each student to bring a piece from their discipline that they will give to another student. If it is wood, and is given to a fiber person, they incorporate into a design.
Additional Material Fee: $3 Please bring to the beginning of class as cash or check.
Instructor: Micki Lippe - Micki's jewelry has been exhibited throughout the US. She served as founder of the Seattle Metal's Guild, on the board of Pratt Fine Arts Center and as president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Micki's work was included in Adorn and the "500 Earrings" book, among others. Locally, she teaches at Pratt Fine Arts Center and Danaca.
In this 4-hour workshop, Jerry Davis will demonstrate how to capture the perfect image of your art with what you have. iPhone, iPad, 35mm, etc. bring what you are comfortable with. He will explain lighting, lighting angles, highlights, avoiding flare, creating simple backgrounds, reflection, contrast, color and white balance, tools and equipment, and special effects.
He will share examples of his photos and demo some of his techniques. Specifically, he will teach you how to use your digital camera or smartphone with what you have at home. You will use your camera or smartphone to take photos of your print, glass fiber, jewelry, etc. Time will be set aside for sharing, comment, and questions.
Bring one or two pieces that you want to photograph, your smartphone or camera, a notebook and the manual that goes with your camera if available.
No experience necessary!
Studio fee: $5
Instructor: Jerry Davis has been a photographer for more than 40 years. Part of that time he was a craftsman as well. After photographing his own work, he started shooting pictures for other artists. Much of their work was in glass or silver. Yes, he started with the hard stuff! He often traveled to the artists' locations so they could have full access to their creations. He constructed many small photo studios in the artists' workshops. Jerry works with available light, natural light, continuous lights, and strobes.
BARN member: $170
Saturday & Sunday, October 28th & 29th from 10 am to 4 pm each day
Materials fee: $15
In this two-day workshop we will work with monotypes and collage. There will be several demonstrations and experimentations are highly encouraged.
Be prepared to work hard, share ideas and have fun. All levels welcome.
"My work has always been inspired by nature: organic forms, cycles, seasons, land, water, sky, order, rhythm, repetition, growth, life, regeneration. The thin papers, which I print on, draw on, cut up, mix, are layered endlessly on the canvas. My work is about color, line, material, form, and space and about art as a process that always changes and grows."