Fall 2020

Workshop Testimonials

I have always wanted to take a photoshop class and become a more avid user. I have missed it every time I needed to fix a photo, enhance the colors of one for printing, make a postcard, design a business card, create an invitation.. the list goes on and on. When I saw the class offered by Shepherd and Maudsleigh Studios, I jumped on it. I know Liz intended it to be used mostly for silk screening and printing. It became much more than that. The experience that Liz showed,  the knowledge she shared, the guidance she provided were all superb. Taking the class during our Covid quarantine was the best thing I have done for my mental challenge and creative enhancement. It was the perfect use of the zoom platform. Watching the demos online, while working on my computer was proven to be easy and useful at once. I have taken the class twice and intend to continue taking it. Liz is a wonderful teacher who is capable of pushing me beyond my limits. I definitely recommend it. -Zeina K.

I’m a member at Shepherd and Maudsleigh Studio. I want to let you know how much I enjoyed and learned in the Photoshop workshop given by Liz. She concentrated on techniques we as printmakers would most likely use. Each week we had an assignment and progressively built up our skills using different functions; I found by using them repeatedly I became more comfortable using the program. It’s easy for me to  be overwhelmed when there is so much information but  by using functions that I could immediately apply to my work was very helpful.Thanks Liz for your patience and help. – Sandy C.

This workshop teaches artists to navigate and use Photoshop, which opens up a world of creative exploration and technique for use in printmaking, painting, collage, drawing, or any medium. The combination of Liz’s approach, as an artist herself, with her extensive experience using the program is great. There’s a lot of hands-on teaching and practice and individual attention. In our workshop, Liz made Photoshop accessible even to those who started out with little or no digital skill. It’s an amazing set of tools for making art.” –Kitty G.

Danielle Pratt is incredibly gifted and knowledgeable about many areas of art instruction. Her patience and ability to take a concept or image that I bring and help me develop it into a complete and rewarding silkscreen print is amazing! Danielle’s knowledge of the techniques and process of silkscreening is endless and I cannot wait to work with her again. -S.H. Andover

Introduction to Silkscreen (In Person, Not Remote)
Monday, September 28th & Monday October 5th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 Instructor: Danielle Pratt
Cost: $250 

Silkscreen is a great way to make beautiful, colorful, multi-layered prints fast. This workshop will introduce you to silkscreen materials and methods from image preparation, coating and exposing the screen, to printing on a variety of surfaces. You will have experience making registered, multicolored images with an emphasis on mixing transparent colors and layering them. 

Purchase of screens and other equipment is not necessary, you will be using ours during class. Newsprint is included. If you wish to bring your own nice paper, Arches 88 or Rives BFK are appropriate. 

Covid-19 note: For the safety of our instructor and class participants, This class is limited to 2 attendees. A Covid questionnaire will be sent prior to the first class. Free parking is provided.

Photoshop for Printmakers (and mixed media, painters, etc.) Class Closed, Registration Full
Class meets twice a week via Zoom for 4 weeks (8 sessions) Tuesdays and Fridays from September 15 – October 16

Choose either morning or evening.
1. Morning Session 10am to 10:45am
2. Evening Session 7:30pm to 8:15pm

This is the perfect class for people who are totally new to Photoshop. Photoshop is a rich, deep and wide program but you likely need only a core group of commands to execute what you require for your art practice.  Online tutorials generally cover more material than you really need and are too fast paced for beginners. You don’t have to be very computer savvy to use Photoshop in a limited way that suits most artists’ needs. You do need to make some time for practice between classes.

This is not a class for graphic designers, web designers or photographers. However, if you want to prepare your images for collage, silkscreen, photo etching, transfers, etc. this class is a good choice.  The pace will be slow, with lots of review and homework so that you can practice using your new skills.  The instructor will be available for virtual “office hours” between classes for questions and problem solving.

We will cover how to:
Size, crop, flip, invert and rotate images
Change images from color to black and white
Adjust contrast
Manage layers and “history”
Prepare images to print
Paste and collage images

Participants will need to download Photoshop, which is available by monthly subscription or by the year. Photoshop “Elements” is not recommended for this class. Buy online from Adobe.  Please contact the instructor with questions.

About the instructor
Liz Shepherd has been teaching printmaking and Photoshop skills for the last 15 years and has learned how to simplify the content of the class so that students learn only what they really need to prepare images for printmaking and mixed media.

Liz produces small print editions as well as large-scale sculptural installations.

Recent solo shows have also been at Georgetown College, Georgetown KY, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, the Scuola Di Graphica in Venice, Italy and at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts among others.

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

See lizshepherd.com for more information and shepherdmaudsleighstudio.com

REMOTE Practical Color Theory Exercises for Printmakers
Class Full, Registration Closed
An on-line class via Zoom

4 Wednesdays, September 16 to October 7th
10am to 11:00am
Instructor: Liz Shepherd
Cost: $200

At some point or another, most people have trouble mixing colors. You might know what color you want to end up with, but you aren’t sure how to get there. So, you start adding one color to another, mix it up and…oops, not what you hoped for. So, you try something else and before you know it, you have a vast supply of a disappointing color.

Sometimes you start a project with a color you like but you want to add a secondary color layer. But what will “look good”? There are a number of factors at play that make each subsequent color choice do its job to support the first.

This is an online class inspired by the work of Josef Albers and Johannes Itten, that is short on computer time and long on homework. You will be introduced to a series of color mixing exercises that will take you through some surprising discoveries. The Zoom call time will be used to share our results and for discussion.

You will need either acrylic or gauche paints (or watercolors, in a pinch), inexpensive drawing paper, and a small brush.