Intro to Printmaking September 30th 2-5 pm

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Intro to Printmaking September 30th 2-5 pm

75.00

**Please read complete description thoroughly**

Always wanted to learn how to make beautiful hand-made stationary or prints? The Intro to Printmaking Workshop is perfect for beginners who want to try printmaking for the first time! Join us, and other beginners in a supportive/empowering environment and explore a new skill. This class is held at the E14 Gallery in the heart of Old Oakland, and provides an inspiring backdrop for an afternoon of creativity.

More about this class:

  • All materials are provided; everything you need to make a beautiful project and resources on the best places to get printing supplies for future projects will be available in class

  • You’ll learn important aspects of printmaking including: carving techniques, how to properly ink a block, print registration systems, burnishing techniques, and much more

  • Students complete a set of 6 fold-over stationary cards, or an edition of 6 art prints on professional grade printing paper

  • Along with your finished project, you’ll leave with your hand-carved block, which you can use again and again to create more projects

  • In order to sustain and welcome our community, we offer low-cost scholarship spots in each of our classes. To apply, please see the bottom of this page for application guidelines and send your scholarship statement to christina@manoconojo.com

  • This class will also touch on the history of art/printmaking in political and cultural movements

  • Spots are limited, so you’ll be able to learn and interact in a small class setting

  • Instruction begins promptly at 2 PM to ensure that all students have time to complete their projects

  • Ages 16 +

  • No experience necessary, beginners welcome!

    It’s helpful if students come to class with a 4 x 6 inch image for inspiration. Simple images containing only clear positive and negative space (flowers, trees, symbols, geometric shapes, bold abstract designs, etc) are perfect for your first project. Images that are very complicated (family reunion group shot), rely on multiple colors (a picture of a sunset), or lack contrast (a shady forest scene) do not translate well to carving and should be avoided. Think in terms of silhouettes, and you’ll come up with some great ideas!

    *If you find you need to cancel your attendance, we ask that you do so with at least two days ahead of the class date in order to get a full refund.

    A portion of workshop sales goes to support E14 Gallery, which supports local artists, and provides a vital space to the Oakland arts community.

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How to apply for scholarship seats:

One of our goals in creating these workshops is to offer high quality, low cost art classes/creative experiences for individuals who have not had access to these resources, or have not felt welcome in traditional spaces in the past. This lack of access can take many forms - budget cuts to arts programs in schools within economically depressed areas, cultural exclusion/intolerance, gender identity exclusion/intolerance, and geographic/transportation limitations. Our classes are designed to give everyone a seat at the table and we hope to foster creative empowerment among everyone who attends. All are welcome!

Half the seats in each workshop are earmarked for $25 scholarship seats. We want to welcome individuals who have been priced out of art classes/experiences or who have not felt safe/welcome in more traditional art spaces by offering these spots to those who apply and are accepted through the scholarship application process. To apply, send a statement about why you would be a good fit for our scholarship program to christina@manoconojo.com. Reviewing statements is our way of making sure these seats get to the people who need them. We'd love to hear more about you, what interests you in printmaking, and what factors prevented you from accessing art education or public art experiences before. If you plan on using the skills you learn at our workshops to better your community, that would also be a great addition to your scholarship statement.

If you are someone who has not faced any of the barriers described in the paragraphs above, please consider purchasing a general registration seat instead. The income from full price seats is what allows us to offer the scholarship seats, so your purchase is vital part in our mission to provide art to everyone in the community.