In this intensive, two-day lithography workshop students will print a maximum of two images from prepared stones which will be provided. Students will draw black-and-white images with lithographic crayons and pencils, and learn the fascinating process of etching the stones and printing editions from them.
Lithography has a long tradition in Woodstock. Beginning about 100 years ago, Woodstock became a center of activity for American lithography. Throughout the 20th century, artists like Rosella Hartman, Emil Ganso, John McClellan and many others created some of the finest lithographs produced anywhere. (At the Woodstock School of Art we print on the same Fuchs & Lang press that was used by many of these artists.)
One of the Woodstock arts colony’s founders, Bolton Brown, was a major figure in the revival of fine art lithography in America. Brown printed the lithographs of another Woodstock resident, George Bellows, and taught dozens of artists the technique of lithography at his Woodstock studio. Margaret Lowengrund, Adolf Dehn and Grant Arnold, all major figures in lithography, also lived in Woodstock.
Invented in Germany by Alois Senefelder in 1798, lithograpy involves drawing on a polished limestone and printing from the flat surface rendered printable through simple chemistry. In the 19th century, the medium was explored by artists like Eugéne Delacroix, Theodore Géricault, Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Europe. Early in the 1800s American artists like Thomas Cole employed the medium.
Most 19th-century American lithographs were printed commercially in large quantities by companies like Currier and Ives, but early in the 20th century artists like Bolton Brown and George Bellows revived interest in medium as a vehicle for fine artists. Woodstock played a major role in that revival and the tradition continues at the Woodstock School of Art.
Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary! Ages 15+
August 3-4, 2021; Tuesday and Wednesday 9 AM–4 PM
$280 ($250 tuition + $30 lab fee)
To address COVID concerns and ensure the safety of all the WSA Board of Directors request all students, instructors and staff be fully vaccinated before coming to the school campus. All studio classes and workshops will have reduced number of students and maintain social distancing. Additionally, air purification systems will be installed in all of the studios, office and gallery.
*In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the painting studios. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scents of any kind. Learn more.
*Those with special needs and/or requests may email the registrar.
Please note that for workshops lasting all day there is a one-hour break from twelve noon to one PM. Students are invited to bring lunch and eat at the school or may go to any of the local dining establishments. The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Ronald Netsky is Professor of Art at Nazareth College in Rochester NY, where he teaches printmaking. He also teaches printmaking at the Woodstock School of Art. He received his BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1973 and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1975. His prints are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz and other collections.
He curated Woodstock Rocks: A Lithographic Legacy; Woodstock Prints: Past and Present, and was co-curator of Leaving for the Country: George Bellows at Woodstock, an exhibition that originated at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester and traveled to the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago and other museums. He has also curated exhibitions on lithographers Bolton Brown, John Menihan and others.
He has exhibited at Mark Gruber Gallery, New York State Museum, Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Yates County Arts Center, Main Street Arts, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Memorial Art Gallery, Oxford Gallery, The Ink Shop, Memorial Art Gallery, and others.