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Solar Printmaking Workshop

  • Broad Bay Dunedin (map)



Printmaking with the sun will introduce and advance participants in using solar or photopolymer plate printing. Both emboss and double exposure intaglio processes will be explored. Solar plate printing is relatively low toxicity and the techniques learnt on this course can be continued in the home environment.

This one day intensive workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced printmakers and may also appeal to artists working in other media who are interested in extending their current art practice through the graphic surprise of printmaking. While the process of printmaking allows the production of multiples or a series, people attending this workshop will be focusing on process, exploring possibilities and producing a range of results. There will be oil based and AKUA (soy based) inks available for you to try.

While the essentials will be provided it is recommended that along with your enthusiasm you bring:

Cost: $120.00 ($100.00 for Caselberg Trust members)
*Plus materials cost, see below*
(bring own lunch – morning and afternoon tea provided)

MOST IMPORTANT: bring some images, drawings, photos, text etc already printed out on transparent film or mylar. This can be done on the computer or a photocopier. Have different ‘things’ copied ready so you can select what to expose onto the solar plate on the day. Amongst the variety have something that is a tonal image (like a photograph) and something that is graphic (like text). The graphic image below is also shown in inverse – if you want to create a stamp like plate print out both the positive and inverse – it gives you more options. (This only works for graphic images, don’t bother inverting your tonal images) The size of our plates is small A7 105 x 74 mm so think about working within that proportion. You could scale your imagery to slightly smaller than this size to allow a clean plate edge or you could work edge to edge like I do!• a ‘failed’ plate – this may be a solar plate or a metal or cardboard one, or if you have nothing just bring along a piece of flat cardboard. Any size.

• any papers you would like to experiment printing on – such as flax paper

• a couple of bits of solid cardboard (about A4 size to take your prints away in)

• visual diary for jotting down notes. Optional – a camera is a handy way to record too.

• gloves (I like using the doctor and nurses ones from the supermarket)

• apron

• pencil case/scissors, any of your favourite printmaking tools etc

• extra solar plate if you have some that you want to work with

*Materials kit – $20 (payable on the day to Lynn to cover materials costs)

Mull Photopolymer (solar) plate 2 x A7 size each person (105 x 74 mm)

Paper for printing on

If you are unsure of anything please send me an email query to Lynn Taylor

Lynn Taylor approaches her art practice with a printmaker’s sensibility working across print, digital, textile, paint and written mediums. She is interested in mastering specifics within these traditions and then pushing the boundaries of these to create objects and surfaces that invite viewers to touch. Graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Education she focused her early career on specialist art teaching. In 1998 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dunedin School of Art) followed by a Master of Fine Arts (distinction). To date these two streams blend in continued teaching at the School of Art and through art residencies. Taylor has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Japan and the United States with her work held in numerous collections and receiving a number of awards.

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