Book artist Maria Pisano joins us this spring for a four-day immersion in the realm of the collagraph: a collage printmaking process where you apply a variety of materials (fabric, paint, glue, textured mediums, paper, etc.) to a piece of cardboard or wood to form a low relief. The plate is inked and can be printed on an intaglio press. It’s an incredibly flexible technique, letting you layer texture and pattern together. Maria will talk about different methods of both making plates and printing a collagraph plate: both intaglio and relief will be explored. The use of inks, brayers, colors, papers, etc. will also be covered, along with the many variations of prints one plate can yield. By using printmaking and bookbinding techniques, the students will investigate how these methods can be used to enhance their own unique personal artistic expressions, by working with sequence, narrative and the exploration of the book as an evolving form.
The class runs for two Fridays, April 29th and May 6th, and one weekend, May 14 and 15, 10 am to 4pm each day-plenty of time to work on your plates and develop your imagery. You can register online here.
Maria Pisano is the director of MGP Studio Arts Gallery. She publishes her books under the Memory Press imprint, and you can see examples of her books, including her collagraph work, here.