VisArts welcomes you for a complimentary workshop to learn about these two art mediums, which are newcomers to our series classes’ line-up in the last two years. It can give you a taste of what your class would be like. We’ll have demos at the following times, when you will get to try out the tools and see how it is done. Each medium will be repeated so you can come to all or part of the event. We will have copies of the best student work from prior classes for you to see, as well.
1:35: Relief Printmaking with the “Soft-Kut”
2:05: Papercutting Craft with the X-Acto knife
2:35: Gelliplate Printmaking
3:05: Papercutting Craft with Scissors
The “Soft-Kut” material block is much easier to work with than the standard linoleum block you might be familiar with from high school. It cuts just like butter with the right linocut tools. What you cut away is what will appear white on your artwork (or the color of the paper you use). This medium is fun, and it is easy to achieve great results for multiple copies for cards, flyers or posters if you are looking for a textural, handcrafted “look.”
“Gelliprints” are absolutely amazing and fun to try. What sets them apart from traditional etching and lithography printmaking techniques is the spontaneous, experimental, fast-paced method of working. It is as perfect for a beginner as it is for the experienced printmaker. You’ll be using non-toxic, water-soluble ink. The plate itself has the consistency of Jell-O (hence the name). Your prints will showcase unique color overlays and textures.