Winter Classes at ABRAZOS PRESS and UNION PRESS

Start off a Happy New with new classes at ABRAZOS PRESS:

1. Improvisational Woodcut : Like Jazz! But with sharp tools, wood , paper and ink. This most ancient printmaking technique honors the hand, the mark and the constructive/destruction of wood transformed by carving, scratching and abrading . Each carved block becomes a layer of information that can be combined with other blocks, stencils and masks to yield unique, contemporary results. The wood used is easy to cut and keeps fine detail. Tool maintenance and sharpening, ink modification , image transfer and printing techniques will be addressed. Improvisational woodcut can have the immediacy of collage, yet with the possibility of working in a series for which printmaking is ideal.

NO experience necessary

9:30 AM-1 PM Alternate Wednesday Mornings beginning January 22 (Jan. 22, Feb.5,19, March 5,19, April 2)

Cost: $300.00 ( class is limited to 5)

woodcut and letterpress artist book- Eli Epstein

woodcut and letterpress artist book -Eli Epstein

2. HOT OFF THE PRESS: Woodcut and Letterpress printed Artist Books and Postcard sets Union Press Prints and ABRAZOS PRESS are joining forces for this new experiment in the wonders of printmaking. Students will carve and print woodblock images on richly layered pages for their postcards and Japanese bound books at ABRAZOS PRESS,and then travel to UNION PRESS to add lines of text and words printed from wooden type on Vandercook Presses. No experience necessary.

Spirited art adventures with a mixture of humor and patience will be most welcome on our Maiden Voyage for this class. Eli Epstein and Annie Silverman have made books using this process to get ready for this class. They can be viewed on-line by request.

Dates: Monday Evenings beginning January 27, 2014, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3

Saturday day long letterpress session session: 9:30-3:30

FEBRUARY 22 Union Press

Evening times: 6-9:30

$400.00–Price for class including all materials except wood blocks (app. $20.00)

Class limit to 5 participants

FOR BOTH CLASSES: To secure a place, a deposit of $50.00 should be mailed to Annie Silverman at ABRAZOS PRESS, 11 MILLER ST. Somerville, MA 02143. Check to be made out to Annie Silverman. An email of intent is recommended. Materials list will be sent upon receipt of deposit.

Eli Epstein is the proprietor of Union Press , a letterpress printshop in Somerville specializing in hand set wood and metal type and hand cut imagery from wood and linoleum blocks. www.unionpressprints.com up@unionpressprints.com

Annie Silverman is a relief printmaker and the proprietor of Abrazos Press, a teaching and Professional Studio in Somerville. She teaches part-Time at Mass College of Art and Design and was September Artist of the Month for the Somerville, Arts. Council in 2013. She has a cape to prove it. Her prints and books have been exhibited nationally and internationally. www.anniesilverman.com www.abrazospress.com

The first 4 sessions will be held at ABRAZOS PRESS at 11 Miller St. in Somerville. There is ample parking and it is near to the Porter Sq. T stop. The remaining classes will be at Union Press Prints at 440 Somerville, MA in Union Sq. Somerville. Parking available at both locations. A $50.00 deposit is recommended to secure your place in this class, and can be sent to : Annie Silverman, Abrazos Press, 11 Miller St. Somerville, 02143/ Please send an email of intent to : silverman.annie@gmail.com More information? 617-519-8970 or 617-625-1615

NEW!!! HOT OFF THE PRESS…Woodcut and Letterpress collaborative class

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Woodcut and Letterpress printed Artist Books and Postcard sets

Union Press Prints and ABRAZOS PRESS are joining forces for this new experiment in the wonders of printmaking. Students will carve and print woodblock images on richly layered pages for their postcards and Japanese bound books at ABRAZOS PRESS,and then travel to UNION PRESS to add lines of text and words printed from wooden type on Vandercook Presses.

No experience necessary. Spirited art adventures with a mixture of humor and patience will be most welcome on our Maiden Voyage for this class. Eli Epstein and Annie Silverman have been designing and making their own books using the process for the class.

Dates:
Tuesday evenings:
October 8, 15,22, 29, November 5,12
Saturday session: 9:30-3:30
November 2

Evening times: 6-9:30

Price for class including all materials except wood blocks

$400.00

Class limit to 5 participants

Eli Epstein is the proprietor of Union Press , a letterpress printshop in Somerville specializing in hand set wood and metal type and hand cut imagery from wood and linoleum blocks.
www.unionpressprints.com
up@unionpressprints.com

layers of woodcut merge with words pritned from wood type

woodcut and letterpress printed pages for artist book for HOT OFF THE PRESS class

The first 4 sessions will be held at ABRAZOS PRESS at 11 Miller St. in Somerville. There is ample parking and it is near to the Porter Sq. T stop. The remaining classes will be at Union Press Prints at 440 Somerville, MA in Union Sq. Somerville. Parking available at both locations.

A $50.00 deposit is recommended to secure your place in this class, and can be sent to :
Annie Silverman, Abrazos Press, 11 Miller St. Somerville, 02143/

Please send an email of intent to : silverman.annie@gmail.com
More information?
617-519-8970 or 617-625-1615

FALL CLASSES at the PRESS ..beginning in October

…FALL CLASSES AT ABRAZOS PRESS

1. IMPROVISATIONAL WOODCUT
It’s like Jazz, but with sharp tools, wood, paper and ink!
This most ancient of printmaking techniques honors the hand, the mark, and the constructive destruction of wood transformed by carving, scratching and abrading. Each block is a layer of information that can be combined with stencils and masks to yield unique, contemporary results. Students will make a set of plates that can be used alone or in conjunction with one another. We use Shina plywood, a wonderful material that is easy to cut and keeps fine detail. Tool maintenance and sharpening, ink modification, transfer techniques, and printing techniques will be addressed. This is a unique way to work with woodblock that can have the immediacy of collage, yet with the possibility of multiples and work within a series for which printmaking is ideal.

For people who have been frightened of carving, or who have had bad past experiences with splintering wood and dull clunky tools, this workshop will add much to your printmaking repertoire! No experience necessary.

Alternate MONDAY evenings: 6-9:30 pm
October 7,21,November 4,18, December 2,16

2. MIXING IT UP: WOOD CUT AND PRONTO PLATE Printmaking
Many people who have experimented a bit with Pronto Plates (polyester plate lithography) have often found them tricky and disappointing. However, when understood and mastered they give a variety of marks, photographic imagery and possibilities with text that not often possible with woodblock or linocut. Come carve print, makes stencils, and pronto plates. Learn to “live in the layers”(Poet Stanley Kunitz) Returning students and beginners welcome. The classes are small and tailored to individual interests.

Alternate Thursday mornings: 9:30-1pm
October 10,24, November 7,21, December 5,19

Classes are limited to 5

Cost for 6 sessions: $300.00

To secure a spot a deposit of $50.00 should be mailed to: Annie Silverman ABRAZOS PRESS 11 Miller St. Somerville, 02143
A materials list will be emailed directly afterwards.
Please send an email of intent or questions to: silverman.annie@gmail.com
617-519-8970

atmospheric cutting enhanced by moody blue grey ink

Ellen Stutman’s expressionist landscape

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SUMMER Classes printmaking and books

SUMMER CLASSES at ABRAZOS

11 Miller St. Somerville, MA – near Porter Sq. T stop 617-519-8970

1. **NEW!! SEQUENCE AMPLIFICATION: Artist Book Boot Camp

Printmakers, photographers, and collage artists, paper cutters: Do you work in a series or sequence and have been curious about transforming your work into a panorama, screen or multi-paged book but don’t know where to begin?
THIS IS THE WORKSHOP FOR YOU!
The raw materials of your media will be transformed into simple but effective book forms that will enhance the kinetic, narrative or time based focus of your work. You will learn to cut, fold, sew and glue your way into new modes of expression
No book making experience necessary.
Basic materials list sent upon registration.

6 Tuesday evenings: June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16
Time: 6-9:30 PM
Cost: $300.00
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2.THE MIXED MEDIA PRINT: Relief and Pronto Plate Extravaganza

Using relief techniques of woodcut and stencils combined with polyester plate lithographic plates, which can be drawn on with markers and pens, painted on with floor wax and also put through photocopy or laser printers, participants will create multi-layered prints. There are options for JUST concentrating on relief printing or pronto plates. Beginners welcome

5 Wednesday evenings: June 12,19, 26,July 10, 17

Time: 6-9:30 PM
Cost: $250.00

3. IMPROVISATIONAL WOODCUT

It’s like Jazz, but with sharp tools, wood paper and ink! This most ancient of printmaking techniques honors the hand, the mark, and the constructive destruction of wood transformed by carving, scratching and abrading. Students will make a set of blocks that can be used alone or in conjunction with one another. Tool maintenance and sharpening, ink modification and printing techniques will be address. This is a unique way to work with printmaking that can have the immediacy of collage, yet incorporates the possibility of multiples and working in a series.

Beginning and continuing students welcome.

6 Tuesday mornings: June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16

Time: 9:30-1:30
Cost: $345.00
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REGISTRATION:
To secure a spot, a deposit of $50.00 should be sent to Annie Silverman, and mailed to ABRAZOS PRESS, 11 Miller ST. Somerville, MA 02143. An email of intent should be sent to silverman.annie@gmail.com.

www.abrazospress.com

Annie Silverman has been a printmaker for 25 years and has concentrated on woodblock printmaking for the past 11 years. She is the owner of ABRAZOS PRESS in Somerville, MA, a teaching and professional studio dedicated to relief printmaking. Annie has been affiliated for over 15 years at Mass Art in Boston where she teaches courses in Artist Books, and Relief Printmaking into Books. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the French Cultural Center in Boston, MA, at the Boston Public Library, and at Translations Gallery in Canton, Ohio.
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WINTER PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS 2013

2013. …WINTER CLASSES AT ABRAZOS PRESS WITH ANNIE SILVERMAN

1. IMPROVISATIONAL WOODCUT
It’s like Jazz, but with sharp tools, wood, paper and ink!
This most ancient of printmaking techniques honors the hand, the mark, and the constructive destruction of wood transformed by carving, scratching and abrading. Each block is a layer of information that can be combined with stencils and masks to yield unique, contemporary results. Students will make a set of plates that can be used alone or in conjunction with one another. We use Shina plywood, a wonderful material that is easy to cut and keeps fine detail. Tool maintenance and sharpening, ink modification, transfer techniques, and printing techniques will be addressed. This is a unique way to work with woodblock that can have the immediacy of collage, yet with the possibility of multiples and work within a series for which printmaking is ideal.

For people who have been frightened of carving, or who have had bad past experiences with splintering wood and dull clunky tools, this workshop will add much to your printmaking repertoire! No experience necessary.

1. Alternate TUESDAY evenings: 6-9:30 pm
January 22, February 5,19, March 5,19, April 2

2. MIXING IT UP: WOOD CUT AND PRONTO PLATE Printmaking
Many people who have experimented a bit with Pronto Plates (polyester plate lithography) have often found them tricky and disappointing. However, when understood and mastered they give a variety of marks, photographic imagery and possibilities with text that not often possible with woodblock or linocut. Come carve print, makes stencils, and pronto plates. Learn to “live in the layers”(Poet Stanley Kunitz) Returning students and beginners welcome. The classes are small and tailored to individual interests.

2. Alternate Wednesday mornings: 9:30-1pm
January 23, February 6,20, March 6,20, April 3

Classes are limited to 5

Cost for 6 sessions: $300.00

To secure a spot a deposit of $50.00 should be mailed to: Annie Silverman ABRAZOS PRESS 11 Miller St. Somerville, 02143
A materials list will be emailed directly afterwards.
Please send an email of intent or questions to: silverman.annie@gmail.com
617-519-8970 WWW.Abrazospress.com

Annie Silverman has been a printmaker for 25 years and has concentrated on woodblock printmaking for the past 11 years. She is the owner of ABRAZOS PRESS in Somerville, MA, a teaching and professional studio dedicated to relief printmaking. Annie has been affiliated for over 15 years at Mass Art in Boston where she teaches courses in Artist Books, and Relief Printmaking into Books. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the French Cultural Center in Boston, MA, and at the Boston Public Library.

Fall into Printmaking…. more one day workshops soon ….

1.IMPROVISATIONAL WOODCUT
It’s like Jazz, but with sharp tools, wood, paper and ink!
This most ancient of printmaking techniques honors the hand, the mark, and the constructive destruction of wood transformed by carving, scratching and abrading. Each block is a layer of information that can be combined with stencils and masks to yield unique, contemporary results. Students will make a set of plates that can be used alone or in conjunction with one another. We use Shina plywood, a wonderful material that is easy to cut and keeps fine detail. Tool maintenance and sharpening, ink modification, transfer techniques, and printing techniques will be addressed. This is a unique way to work with woodblock that can have the immediacy of collage, yet with the possibility of multiples and work within a series for which printmaking is ideal.

For people who have been frightened of carving, or who have had bad past experiences with splintering wood and dull clunky tools, this workshop will add much to your printmaking repertoire!  No experience necessary.

Alternate Monday evenings: 6-9:30 pm
October 1, 15, 29,November 12,26, December 10 (since Nov.12 is a holiday, we can reschedule
if needed

2.MIXING IT UP: RELIEF PRINTING AND PRONTO PLATES
Many people who have experimented a bit with Pronto Plates (polyester plate lithography) have often found them tricky and disappointing.  However, when understood and mastered they give a variety of marks, photographic imagery and possibilities with text that not often possible with woodblock or linocut. Come carve print, makes stencils, and pronto plates . Learn to  “live in the layers”(Poet Stanley Kunitz)

Since the classes are small and individualized, participants can concentrate on what is most useful to them in their work.

A. Group- Alternate Thursday mornings : 9:30-1pm
September 27, October 11,25, November 8,15, December 6
Classes are limited to 5

Cost for 6 sessions: $300.00

To secure a spot a deposit of $50.00 should be mailed to Annie.
A materials list will be emailed directly afterwards.
For  Annie’s mailing address,  class confirmations and information: anniesil@earthlink.net
617-519-8970

Summer class and workshops in our Air Conditioned Space!!!

Summer Classes and Workshops at ABRAZOS PRESS
11 Miller St…..Somerville..near Porter Sq… AIR CONDITIONED..!

1. Improvisational Woodcut:
It’s like Jazz, but with sharp tools, wood, paper and ink!
This most ancient of printmaking techniques honors the hand, the mark, and the constructive destruction of wood transformed by carving, scratching and abrading. Each block is a layer of information that can be combined with stencils and masks to yield unique, contemporary results. Students will make a set of plates that can be used alone or in conjunction with one another. We use Shina plywood, a wonderful material that is easy to cut and keeps fine detail. Tool maintenance and sharpening, ink modification, transfer techniques, and printing techniques will be addressed. This is a unique way to work with woodblock that can have the immediacy of collage, yet with the possibility of multiples and work within a series for which printmaking is ideal.

PRINTMAKING CLASSES LIMITED TO 5 participants
4 day intensive Improvisational woodcut workshop- July 8-11 (Sunday-Wednesday)
9:30-4:30
$340.00
B. Thursday Morning Class – Improvisational woodcut
5 sessions (June 14,21,28, July 12, 19) NO CLASSES 4th of July week
9:30-1:00
$250.00
2. Relief and Pronto Plate Extravaganza: The multi- layered print
Polyester plate lithography (pronto plates) are a wonderful addition to any printmaking skill set. The plates can be drawn on with BIC pens and Sharpie markers, painted on with Acrylic floor wax, and afford the integration of text and photographic imagery through their ability to be used with laser printers and copy machines. Add all this to the wonders of woodcut and relief printmaking and become giddy with the endless possibilities for creating truly unique prints. Pronto plates are also a wonderful means of creating text for artist books.
Monday evening class- Relief and Pronto plate Extravaganza
5 sessions: (June 18,25,July 9,16,23)
6:00-9:30 PM
$250.00
3 Day intensive workshop-Relief and Pronto Plate Extravaganza
June 22-24 (Friday-Sunday)
9:30-4:30
$250.00
Bookmaking Bootcamp : 3 day intensive
Books are physical containers for ideas and images. Learn basic sewn and folded book structures that can both organize and sequence other bodies of work. Based on interest and experience participants can expect to make forms as : The Chinese Atlas, Japanese folding screen, Coptic Bound book, Stab Bindings and others.
August 3-5 (Friday-Sunday)
9:30-4:30
$250.00

REGISTRATION: A $50.00 fee to hold a space in workshops should be sent to Annie Silverman.
A materials list will be emailed directly afterwards.
For Annie’s mailing address, confirmation and information: anniesil@earthlink.net, or silverman.annie@gmail.com

Annie Silverman has been a printmaker for 25 years and has concentrated on woodblock printmaking for the past 11 years. She is the owner of ABRAZOS PRESS in Somerville, MA, a teaching and professional studio dedicated to relief printmaking. Annie has been affiliated for over 18 years at Mass Art in Boston where she teaches courses in Artist Books, and Relief Printmaking into Books. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Kyoto, Japan as part of an artist book show created to coincide with the Mokuhanga Conference in June 2011. During the summer of 2010 Annie was an artist- in-residence and teacher at the Graphic Workshop in Næstved, Denmark, where she had a solo exhibition.She was also in residence and teaching  at Clo’ Ceardlann, in Donegal, Ireland. Part of her print installation, VANISHING POLLINATORS can be seen at the Boston Public Library in the Mixit 25th Anniversary exhibition until July 31, 2012

http://www.bpl.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/mixit/

Fall 2011 Workshops

New classes and workshops are offered seasonally.

All levels. Beginners are valued for bravely trying new things.

MIXING IT UP… WOODCUT AND PRONTO PLATE PRINTMAKING

7 Alternate Monday evenings beginning September 19 (Sept. 19, Oct. 3,17,31,Nov.14, 28, Dec.12)

6-9:30 PM

Fee: $350.00

Come learn the fundamentals of creating layered prints with both woodcut and polyester plate (pronto plate) lithographic techniques.  STENCILS, MASKS, AND TOOL SHARPENING WILL ALSO BE ADDRESSED.

THE SHAPE OF CONTENT- Texts + Images = Artists” Books

8 consecutive Wednesday evenings (Sept .14, 21, Oct. 5,12,19, 26, Nov. 2, 9) NO CLASS SEPT. 28th!

6-9:30

$400.00

Innovate! Integrate!

Use texts to create Imagery, and images to create Texts. Participants will combine mixed media techniques with word experiments (Found Texts, generative writing, etc.) to forge a new vocabulary and method to shape along with image transfer techniques A variety of forms as the Japanese Screen, Chinese Atlas, the Coptic Binding and other folded and sewn forms will be introduced and transformed.  The choice of book forms can be adapted to students’ experience levels and interests.

Improvisational Woodcut

6 alternate Thursday Mornings 9:30-1pm (Sept. 22, Oct.6, 20, Nov.3, 17,Dec.1)

$300.00

It’s like Jazz, but with sharp tools, wood, paper and ink!

This most ancient of printmaking techniques honors the hand, the mark, and the constructive destruction of wood transformed by carving, scratching and abrading. Each block is a layer of information that can be combined with stencils and masks to yield unique, contemporary results. We use Shina plywood, a wonderful material that is easy to cut and keeps fine detail. Tool maintenance and sharpening, ink modification, transfer techniques, and printing techniques will be addressed.

Annie Silverman is a printmaker and teacher who has been working experimentally with relief printmaking for 24 years. Her prints and unique books have been collected and exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Denmark, Japan and Cuba. She has been teaching at Mass College of Art for over 20 years and has taught at Penland, Bennington College, Pyramid Atlantic, and at Mixit Studios.  Last summer Annie had summer teaching and artist residencies in Ireland and Denmark.  She had a one-person exhibition at the Grafiks Galleri in Næstved, Denmark.  Her woodcut and Pronto plate artist book ASSOCIATIVE MISCELLANY, was exhibited in Kyoto, Japan as part of the Moku Hanga Conference in June 2011.

 

Contact:  617-519-8970

Anniesil@earthlink.net,www.anniesilverman.biz (under renovation) www.ABRAZOSPress.com Abrazosprintshop.wordpress.com