In this half-day introductory class, participants will learn the basics of relief printing, one of the earliest forms of printmaking. The class will begin at the Project Puffin Visitor Center (located at 311 Main Street in downtown Rockland), where participants will observe and sketch seabirds via the Center's webcams. The group will discuss image ideas and design approaches by looking at examples of relief prints, including those on view in exhibition at the visitor center by artist and instructor, Sherrie York.
From the Project Puffin Visitor Center, the group will walk to the Farnsworth Art Museum's Gamble Education Center, where participants will discover the basics of the linocut process by designing, carving, and printing a small single-color edition. Participants will learn about:
Colorado artist and class instructor Sherrie York credits her interest in nature to a college field trip in which she and her classmates were challenged to sketch strutting, squabbling chickens in a Nebraska backyard. “It was exciting, challenging, and infuriating,” she laughs.
Although she didn’t realize it at the time, that afternoon sparked an interest in drawing from life that would lead her to work as a painter and printmaker of natural history subjects, as well as a designer and illustrator of nature-focused educational materials. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions, as well as several books and museum collections.
The workshop is open to 8 participants and costs $50 (includes materials). To register, please call the Project Puffin Visitor Center at 207- 596-5566.