Early Summer Winter Printmaking Classes Begin June 3


1. THE LAYERED PRINT (Live in the Layers, not in the litter-inspired by a Stanley Kunitz poem!)

Join Annie as she demonstrates methods for creating richly layered prints using intricate palettes of textures and colors. Several relief printmaking techniques will be taught, along with the uses of stencils and masks, chine colle', and polyester plate lithography or pronto plates. This is truly a MIXED MEDIA printmaking experience. Students can try various techniques or focus on one or two.

6 MONDAY EVENINGS: June 3,10,17,24, July 8,15

TIME: 6-9:30 PM

Cost:$300.00 plus $30.00 materials fee

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

Improvisational woodcut: The most ancient printmaking technique honors the hand, the mark and the constructive/destruction of wood transformed into printmaking matrices when it's surface is carved, scratched or abraded. Each carved block becomes a layer of information that can be combined with other blocks, stencils and masks to yield unique, contemporary results.Tool maintenance and sharpening, ink application and modification, image transfer and other techniques will be addressed. Improvisational woodcut can have the immediacy of collage, yet with the possibility of work in a series, for which printmaking is ideal.

A. 6 Thursday mornings : June 6,13,20,27,July 11,18

B.6 Friday mornings: June 7,14,21,28,July 12, July 19

TIME: 9:30-1

Cost: $300.00 (plus wood fee. Students will need carving tools)

    Artists Book Intensive: Like Book Boot camp, but Fun!

Participants will learn a variety of book forms that can be made into projects with already existing imagery as prints,photos, and collage. Sewn and folded forms will be taught. Annie will bring a range of books and book forms to the first session and based on the interests in the group will teach the forms that are most intriguing and useful. A range of book forms as : Chinese Atlas, Japanese screen, Long Stitch, Dos a Dos,Long Stitch or coptic Binding are all possibilities.

   1 week: 5 sessions: July 22-26


Cost: $300.00 plus $30 materials fee

Registration: To secure a spot an email of intent and a $50.00 check to save a place should be sent to :

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

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

Annie Silverman is an experienced teacher and print maker 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. In  May 2017 she taught master classes in polyester plate lithography in Denmark and 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.