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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : email@example.com More information? 617-519-8970 or 617-625-1615