THORNTOWN PRESS PRINT CLASSES
Short Introductory Demonstrations
When: Last Saturday of the month/ 2-4 pm (except January, February & July)
Thorntown Press @ Sugar Creek Art Center
137 South Pearl Street
Thorntown is twenty minutes northwest of Zionsville at the intersection of Interstate 65 & SR 47, half way between Indianapolis & Lafayette, Indiana.
Content: Linocut Block & Intaglio Printing
Adult Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Printmaking Classes (age 17 up)
When: Arranged two, three & four hour sessions
Where: Thorntown Press @ Sugar Creek Art Center
Content: Participants may create multiple images (i.e. editions of cards) or monoprints using carving and/or etching techniques. Standard use of carving tools, ferric chloride etching bath, methods of image registration and proper use of both manual and automated presses will be covered.
Cost: $20 per hour including all tools & materials except paper, copper plate, lino block, and support board which can be purchased during enrollment.
Please contact James Hubbard through this website if you are interested in arranging a class date and time.
Relief block printing originated in the Chinese imperial court around 300 AD. For centuries the technique was used to replicate Buddhist text and print elaborate textiles for the Chinese Emperor. Later in the 1700s, the Japanese borrowed and perfected block printing (ukiyo-e) for wide dissemination of domestic scenes, landscape and illustration on hand made paper. Woodcut and intaglio printmaking on steel and copper sheet developed in Europe starting with Albrecht Durer in the 1500s followed by Rembrandt in the 1600s. America’s Print Renaissance started in the early 1900s with Gustave Baumann and Wesley Dow and continues through today. Print popularity was spread through Roosevelt's WPA arts programs. Major American universities established professional fine art printmaking programs after WWII. Contemporary printmaking includes relief block printing, intaglio printing, serigraphy (silkscreen), lithography and hybrid digital photo techniques. Currently there is a large group of print artists practicing throughout Indiana.