Papier Mâché Bowl

with Liz Shepherd
1 day: Wednesday
October 4, 2023
10 AM – 3 PM
Cost: $95 plus $25 materials fee

During this class students will create beautiful and useful bowls using papier mâché made from Japanese paper that has been handprinted with images inspired by nature. This class invites students to think about paper in new ways, and give them the skills to manipulate paper into 3-D forms.
This workshop is open to all makers, no art experience is required.

Liz Shepherd produces large-scale sculptural installations, which bring to mind ideas about the earthly and the divine. She uses printmaking to enhance objects made of wood or paper. She also produces small, hand pulled print editions.
In the past 15 years she has exhibited in the United States and internationally. Her most recent solo shows were at Georgetown College, Georgetown KY, Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, Scuola di Grafica, Venice, Italy, at Simmons College, Boston and at the Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Her work is the permanent collections at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Edinburgh College of Art, Syracuse University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Hanoi (Vietnam) Contemporary Art Center, Boston Public Library as well as numerous corporate and private collections.

Free Parking is provided.

Watercolor Monotype with Drypoint

With Sue Oehme
1 day: Tuesday,
October 31, 2023
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$250 plus $35 materials fee

In this workshop we will explore printing watercolors from various substrates such as frosted vellum or coated mat board. Sue will demonstrate the proper way to get the most out of each application of paint, as well as discuss various papers to use. We will use vellum to cut stencils and compose them on the backing sheets to print multiple layered images. Watercolors offer myriad ways to apply the paint including drawing with the tube, washes, and beautiful evaporated puddles.

Susan Hover Oehme received her BFA in printmaking and painting from the University of Michigan, School of Art in Ann Arbor. She owns and is the Master Printer of Oehme Graphics in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Before launching OG in 2010, she was the Director/ Master Printer at Riverhouse Editions from 1996 to 2009.  Prior to her move to Colorado, she lived and worked in New York City and printed at Tyler Graphics with such artists as Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell, and also free-lanced in many smaller print studios based in the city.

Her own work is represented in Denver at SPACE Gallery and at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York City. Recent works will be featured in January 2024 at the Arvada Center in Denver in a solo exhibition as well as a concurrent solo show at SPACE Gallery. Collections include the Art BAnk of the State Dept., Bank of America, Fidelity, and numerous private collections across the country.

All levels welcome.

This class is limited to 6 attendees. Free parking is provided.

Color Into Print

With Catarina Coelho
2 days: Saturdays
November 11th and 18th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $350 for the two-day session

This workshop is designed for artists and printmakers who wish to develop color strategies for multi-color plate printing and color variation. Departing from simple compositions, participants print using a combination of methods: monotype, simple collagraphy, stencils and pouchoir.
The two work sessions are dedicated to the practice, observation, and discussion of palette mixing, layering strategies and color interaction.

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Catarina Coelho is a mixed-media artist whose drawings and printmaking work explore the subject of landscape as a testimonial site of human interaction with a territory. Cartographic spaces, borders, and the problem of the division of the page recur in her work as forms that seek to point out broader historical narratives.

Recent collective exhibitions include Childs Gallery, Boston; Washington Art Association, CT; Danforth Art Museum, MA; Second International Print Biennale, Yerevan; Venice International Art Fair, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice, Italy; European Contemporary Print Triennial, Toulouse, France. Her work is in several collections including the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston.

Free parking is provided.

Problem Solving Woodblock

With Molly Paul
3 days: Mondays
October 23, 30, November 6
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Dive into the specifics of woodblock printing during this three day workshop. This class will cover topics of multi-block and reduction techniques to add depth to your prints through layering color and texture. We will build a registration board, explore carving and printing techniques, and investigate how the use of masks, stencils, reduction and additional blocks can push the boundaries of your images. This class is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and be able to work through the issues that come up when making multi-layer woodblock prints.

*There is no materials fee for this workshop, but participants will be sent a list of materials that they will need to bring.

Molly Paul is a painter and printmaker. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Museum School in Boston. She has been a member of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio for four years.

Free parking is provided.

Fabric Block Printing Weekend Intensive

With Susana McDonnell
2 days: Saturday and Sunday
December 2nd and 3rd
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $470 (All materials included in price)

Discover the joys of printing on fabric during this full weekend of block printing with Susana McDonnel of LinoCave. Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced block printer looking to refine your skills, Susana will allow you the opportunity to learn new techniques for each aspect of block printing and most importantly, have time to practice them. Susana will demonstrate her tried and true methods for pattern design, carving and different methods of inking. All materials and supplies will be included, but if students have specific fabric items they would like to print, they should bring them along, but please pre-wash them. Students will leave with an array of hand-printed textiles, their own rubber block, and the skills and knowledge to continue the process from home.

Susana McDonnell is the owner of LinoCave, a Boston-based home studio focused on geometric pattern design and block printing on fabric and paper. She holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and is a lifelong artist who has studied and taught many mediums including, but not limited to glassblowing, neon, wood, drawing and watercolor. Despite the fact that block printing is one of the few mediums she has not formally studied, the allure of it inspires her to teach and explore it further every day. She is the co-host of @printersolstice, a prompt-based printmaking campaign on Instagram that inspires printmakers around the world to create during the winter solstice and is also a Speedball Demo Artist.

What people are saying about our workshops

“This is an amazingly equipped and organized space.”

“The instructor did a great job describing things and expanding on ideas.”

“Detailed explanations, step by step, lots of time and attention spent on individuals’ projects/ideas.”

“Terrific, very thoughtful and responsive to each member of the group!”

“I loved how Liz explained but encouraged us to experiment and not to be too fussy.”

“What a set-up here in Newton for a printmaker!”