ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
In this intensive, three-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. A smoothly grained limestone provides a wonderful surface to draw on and print from, yielding a wide range of tones and lush blacks.
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 16+
August 11–13, 2020; Tuesday–Thursday, 9 AM–4 PM
$360 ($330 tuition + $30 lab fee)
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.
Woodstock School of Art Instructors Show, Mark Gruber Gallery; New Paltz, NY; March, 2019
Lithography display, The Historic Woodstock Art Colony, New York State Museum, Albany. 2018
Dreamscapes, one-person show, Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Olean, 2017
Almost Black & White, Yates County Arts Center, Penn Yan, NY, 2017
Upstate New York Printmaking Invitational, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY, 2016
Places: Contemporary Intaglio Prints, Davis Gallery, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, 2016
Regional Faculty Invitational, Gallery R, Rochester Summer, 2013
Art Reflected, 1913-2013, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY 2013
Palimpsest, Oxford Gallery, May, 2012
Process and Purpose/Innovative and Expressive Printmaking, The Ink Shop, Ithaca, 2012
Cardigraph in Works On Paper By Rochester Printmakers, Memorial Art Gallery, 2011
Points of View: Landscapes From the Collection, Davis Gallery, Hobart/William Smith Colleges, 2011
Etching in Great Impressions: The Print Club of Rochester Turns 80, Memorial Art Gallery, 2011
Two-person Exhibition, Arts Center Gallery, Nazareth College, 2010
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.