Walking and Making
“My first work made by walking, in 1967, was a straight line in a grass field, which was also my own path, going ‘nowhere’. In the subsequent early map works, recording very simple but precise walks on Exmoor and Dartmoor, my intention was to make a new art which was also a new way of walking: walking as art.” –Richard Long
“For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go.”
― Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
This class begins with a walk: a walk for inspiration, a walk to gather materials, to explore, to discover, to clear your mind. Upon returning to the gallery we will discuss our discoveries and other artists who make work by or about walking. The walk and discussion will guide the work we create, using a variety of materials including cyanotype paper, ink, graphite, fabric and thread, and more.
Nina Earley is an artist who grew up in Switzerland and arrived in Boston by way of Maine, Canada, and Germany. She has been combining a variety of interests into her artwork for years and has found that one of the connecting threads is a focus on the importance of place. She has taught German to University students in Canada, English to adults in Germany, art to summer camp kids in Maine, digital photography to adults and University students and alternative process photography to a variety of students in Massachusetts. She enjoys breaking boundaries of materials and exploring new places with her all of her students.
Class date: Thursday evening, November 1, 2018
Class time: 5 PM - 8 PM
Class fee: $60 + tax
Instructor: Nina Earley
Comic Creators' Workshop
Comic Creators' Workshop
Five Thursday evenings, beginning August 2, 2018
*This class is ongoing, but new people are welcome to join! Contact us for a prorated fee!
This long-form workshop is for anyone who is working on a comic – from graphic novels to comic strips. We will cover essentials such as narrative structure, character development and environmental design, as well as learn how to use the unique aspects of comics as a visual and storytelling medium to give life to your story. Participants will share and critique work in a supportive, rigorous environment. All skill levels are welcome.
Have a comic that you're trying to get off the ground? This workshop can help. Join Harvey Award-nominated comic artist Michael Ellis for this series of workshops where we will critique, edit, share and support one another in completing that comic story. This workshop is an excellent way to get ongoing feedback for your projects. You don't have to have a comic in the works already - we can help you get started as well.
Class date: Thursday evenings, August 2, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 8, 2018
Class time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Class fee: $250 + tax
Instructor: Michael Ellis
Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4
Learn the technique of relief printmaking in this two-day weekend workshop with instructor Mike Kimball.
All aspects of non-toxic linocut relief printmaking are covered: from tools, techniques, and printing to final presentation. In this class students from beginner to advanced will
complete a small edition of prints made from their own carved linoleum block.
In relief printing, the surface of linoleum creates the image, rather than the areas below the surface (as is the case with etching). The artist carves out their image using gouges and proceeds to roll ink onto the uncarved surface. Paper is laid over the block and the image is transferred using the pressure of a press or hand printed with a barin.
Relief was used as early as 500BC in Egypt to print patterns on fabric. Printing on paper did not come to Europe until the production of paper, around 1390. Basic relief printing was the basis for the Guttenberg press.
Class dates: November 3 & 4
Class time: 10 AM - 5 PM, includes lunch break
Class fee: $240 + tax, includes most printing materials
Instructor: Mike Kimball
Saturday & Sunday, November 10-11, 2018
Two Day Workshop
The process of adding melted beeswax and resin to photographs produces a rich alchemy of color and texture to create something new and often unexpected. Learn the basics of photo mounting on wood, wax application, pigments, collage, textures and more to three small panels per day. This course will cover studio basics, paper choices, encaustic pouring and painting, and other methods such as glazing, scraping, and photocopy transfer. Proper tools, studio methods and safety procedures will be discussed. All levels welcome.
Class dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 10-11, 2018
Class time: 10 AM – 5 PM, includes lunch break
Class fee: $ 240 + tax, all paper and materials will be supplied
Instructor: Carol Mell, Photographer
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Saturday December 15th
This class will be an introduction to Japanese Mokuhanga printing. This type of printing involves relief printing, stencil printing, and wood grain printing.
The paper used is washi and rice paper-thin Asian paper known for unique texture.
Japanese Mokuhanga printing is one of the oldest types of printmaking combing relief, stencils and wood grain. Images are transferred from the carved block to both sides of uniquely textured Asian washi paper using a hand-held tool called a baren. The earliest types of prints in China using this method were Buddhist prints; Mokuhanga printing was used to substitute laborious copying of texts and images.
Class date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Class time: 10 AM- 5 PM (lunch break included)
Class fee: $120 + tax, all materials will be supplied
Instructor: Dan Noyes
New Grounds was one of the first completely non-toxic professional print workshops in the world. In business for more than 20 years, it is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to providing artists with press access, classes, exhibition opportunities and other printmaking related services.
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