This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.
The imagination runs wild with the endless possibilities the gel-plate offers to create prints.
Spend time dedicated to exploring and experimenting with some of these techniques. Acrylic paint is rolled onto a gel-plate with a brayer. Various found objects are pressed into the paint to create implied texture. A variety of papers are used to pull the prints. The resulting prints are spontaneous and unpredictable. One print begets another “ghost print”. Residue builds up on the plate and in turn creates unexpected texture. Commercial and hand-made stencils can be used to alter prints. Image transfer techniques and botanical printing will also be explored.
The mixed-media projects possible with the resulting prints is also infinite! In the afternoons, explore collage techniques to create an explosion book, a slide- frame book and a sewn-binding book, out of the morning’s print collection.
Based on the 1950’s technology of the hecto-graph, the medium of gel-plate printing is quite different from other print-making techniques; it requires no previous skill or knowledge, and the prints are produced very quickly, and are not easily replicated. At the same time, it inspires the incorporation of so many other disciplines. Artists continually come up with new ways of using it and even inventing products to be used for creating the work.
There is flexibility in the workshop structure for participants to work at their own pace and explore one area of interest in more depth. There is also the option to incorporate their own art practices.
** There is ONE SPOT left in this workshop! Register today to confirm your spot.**
This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.
Before becoming an “artist in the community” 7 years ago, Heather Martens Rempel taught junior high and high school art for over 18 years. While enjoying creating and teaching in many mediums, Heather has found the gel-plate to be the most accessible medium for students of all ages and abilities. She has been able to spread the joy of mono-printing with a gel-plate in schools and community art centers throughout Manitoba.Click here to read more about HEATHER MARTENS REMPEL