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Printmaking Workshop: Discover Your Collograph with Yasuyo Tanaka


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Printmaking Workshop: Discover Your Collograph with Yasuyo Tanaka

Join visiting artist Yasuyo Tanaka for a special printmaking workshop in Boulder. Oct 20-21, 10:30am - 3pm, $180 including some materials.

Class description: 

Collagraph is an additive plate making process that has more in common with sculpture than intaglio. It has a creative freedom not found in any other printmaking media. If you are a mixed media artist looking for a new approach to your work, this is the process for you. 

It is free from acids and grounds, instead relying on acrylic mediums, fabrics, and found objects to create rich surfaces on the plates. The plates are printed on an etching press with dampened paper, allowing for dramatic embossment. Collagraph can combine other print techniques. The ghost prints are used for various layers of printing. Collagraph plates can be transferred the etching plates. 

This workshop will involve diverse experimental trials to discover your own printmaking methods. Don't be afraid to change your common sense of printmaking. Let's train flexible thinking. Basic printmaking experience or some other art background is helpful. 

Please bring your work to introduce yourself to the participants.

Yasuyo Tanaka is a social practice artist and an educator who is a Japanese immigrant living in New York City. She has been expanding the field of expression based on her main artistic medium such as printmaking, photography, and bookmaking. Since holding a solo exhibition in Lithuania in 2008, she has been holding her solo exhibitions every year different countries such as in the Netherlands, Lebanon, and Japan. Starting 2015, her prints have been permanently exhibited at the Language Institution Hills Learning in New York City. Her prints were selected nationally and internationally juried exhibitions. In addition to teaching at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NYC, she has been working on socially engaged workshops based on communities as her project.

Materials list: please bring any collograph plates you have already created, as well as found objects that you may want to incorporate into a new plate.