SPRING.... Printmaking Classes at Abrazos Press

BEGINNERS and Artists at all levels welcome


1.THE LAYERED PRINT..(Live in the layers, not in the litter..Stanley Kunitz)

Join Annie as she demonstrates  her methods for creating richly layered prints using rich palettes of textures and colors. Several relief printmaking techniques  will be taught, along with the uses of stencils and masks, chine colle', plate carving, and polyester plate lithography. This is truly a MIXED MEDIA printmaking experience. Students can mix techniques, or concentrate on just one.

6  MONDAY EVENINGS starting May 14 : May 14,21,(no class on Memorial Day)June 4,11,18,25

Time: 6-9:30

Cost: $300.00 plus a wood fee (students will also need carving tools)


2. IMPROVISATIONAL WOODCUT...like Jazz but with sharp tools and ink

1. Improvisational Woodcut :  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.

Due to popular demand there will be 2 daytime woodcut classes:

A...7  Wednesday mornings: May 9,16,23,30,June 6,13,20

B...7  Thursday mornings:    May 10,17,24,31,7,14,21

Time: 9:30-1

Cost: $350.00     (plus wood fee.Students will also need carving tools)


Registration: A $50.00 deposit will secure a place for you in the class of your choice.  Classes are small (5 max.) and fill  quickly.An email of intent is welcomed and desired. A materials list will be sent following receipt of your deposit.

 Questions? 617-519-8970, silverman.annie@gmail.com

Deposits : Annie Silverman , Abrazos Press 11 Miller St., Somerville, MA. 02143

checks to be made out to: ANNIE SILVERMAN


Annie Silverman is an experienced teacher and printmaker who is the proprietor of Abrazos Press in Somerville. Her books and prints have been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Her work is in the the collection of the Boston Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library and the De Cordova Museum.  She was a part-time lecturer in Artists’ Books  and Printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for over 15 years. This past May she taught master classes in polyester plate lithography in Denmark. In 2017 she had solo shows at Andover Academy and Bentley University.

Her soon to be updated website is: www.anniesilverman.com.

There is ample parking at the Miller St. Studio building where ABRAZOS PRESS is located. The studio is also a 10 minute walk from the Porter Sq. T station on the Red Line.