Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Want to apply for a residency?

paulThe goal of the Artist in Residence Program is to encourage creativity and growth of our arts community. We provide a beautiful live/work space for you to create, you provide the art!

Artist residencies are available for anywhere from a weekend to a month. Artists interested in a residency submit a proposal of how you would use the time here, a work sample and resume. You may attach images to your email or send us links to your website.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • 10 Images (or videos or audio where applicable) of current work
  • Artist statement
  • CV or resume
  • Dates of stay (a first and second preference please)

Please clearly outline ways in which you will engage the artistic community. Examples may include but are not limited to:

  • Artist talk
  • Workshop
  • Collaboration with Paducah artists
  • Community involvement or exhibition type to be offered during your stay

Each artist accepted into the program must sign a sublease and indemnification before their stay. Stipends are reserved for
selected guests and will be received only after a conclusion statement and images are submitted at the end of the artist’s stay.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

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Monotype with Master Printer Ron Pokrasso
Meets Sunday July 18th, 9am-4pm
In This Issue
Pamper & Production
Assistance & Education
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We are so pleased to have artist Ron Pokrasso return to Fallbrook to teach this specialty workshop. If you are serious about print making you should not miss this special program. Ron has been an exhibiting artist and printmaker for more than 25 years. He received his MFA degree from Pratt Institute in 1975 and has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 150 group shows. His work is in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and abroad and is represented by numerous galleries nationwide as well as being featured in several books. Spaces will book fast so register today to guarantee your spot.
Pamper & Production

Nicknamed "Pamper and Production," this very special 1-day assisted session of monotype printing is geared to give you the greatest amount of personal attention and production output. This full day session is 7 hours of work time plus a lunch break.
Included are all Akua inks, monotype plates, set up and clean up services, use of tools such as brayers, ink knives, etc. The only supplies you might consider bringing are any personal tools as well as brushes and collage material.

Assistance & Education
As a Master printer and instructor Ron can offer assistance and education at whatever level is required by the participant. It will be a total production session with some combination of learning techniques and creating finished works.
DATE: Sunday July 18th, 2010
TIME: 9am-4pm
COST: $250 plus Arches 88 paper @ $3.50 per sheet
Or call 760-728-6383 to register over the phone
Visit http://www.ronpokrasso.com to learn more about Ron and his work.
Artist Statement

Ron Pokrasso

My artistic development spirals around a need to express, making new discoveries, and continually returning to familiar themes. I have always relied upon things that are close to me, things that speak about the passions in my life and are often derived from day to day experiences. The recent purchase and renovation of a new house and larger studio helped to create a kind of re-invention I had been looking for. With a refreshed energy and a synthesis of old ideas I find myself gravitating again to the figure, landscape, and various icons but with a desire to convey a level of anticipation and mystery.

I work by diving in- the passion of creating is vital. Usually there's a vague general direction, but rarely do I have a clear idea of what will happen. "If I knew where I was going, I'd be lost." Seldom do I try to portray a literal visual meaning. It is more important to allow content to come through me in the working out of a successful composition. This relationship with my art falls somewhere between taking full control and just letting things happen. The result is an exploration of balance between frenzied paint scribbling and the tight rendering of a figure; between the regularity of black and white lettering and a multi-colored paint palette. I like to juxtapose seemingly unrelated or competing elements to create visual and technical contrast. I have a conversation with the piece as it unfolds. As the work takes on its own personality, it lets me know where it needs to go and I attempt to get it there.
The work is complete when it stops asking for more.
Ron Pokrasso, December, 2008

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Akua Inks


Akua Intaglio Inks
Discount Ink Sets

Platemaking Supplies
Discount Carborundum Set

Summer Workshops
with Akua Inks

with Beth Fine
New Mexico
with various artists
North Carolina
with Joseph Loccisano
with Henrik Boegh
and Paco Mora
with Keith Howard

The PinPress
ended June 1.

The winner
will notified
June 4th.

The name of the winner will be announced in our next newsletter.

May Printmaking Newsletter
June 2, 2010
(oops, a little bit late)

Carborundum Collagraph

A collagraph is a platemaking process in which simple materials such as acrylic mediums, textured papers, fabrics, etc. are used to build up the surface of the plate. Silk Aquatint, Carborundumand PhotoCarborundum are considered Collagraphs. These low tech and inexpensive methods will produce rich and highly developed images with out the use of dangerous chemicals or acids.

Carborundum Collagraph Monoprint
Catherine Kernan prints a carborundum collagraph monoprint with viscosity rolls using Akua Intaglio inks.
Catherine Kernan printing a carborundum monoprint.

PLAY VIDEO 3:21 minutes

This video demo shows Catherine Kernan printing multi-registered plates on an etching press. Video demos showing Making a Carborundum Plate and Inking the Plates will be coming soon.

to using Aluminum Oxide
instead of Silicon Carbide
for Carborundum Printmaking

Carborundum is the trade name for Silicon Carbide (bluish black grit). Aluminum Oxide (brownish black grit) is recommended as an alternative. LEARN MORE

  1. Silicon Carbide is harder but it will fracture and break down quicker than Aluminum Oxide.

  2. Aluminum Oxide is rounder in grain while Silicon Carbide is sharper in grain. When wiping the ink off the surface of the plate, the jagged grain of the Silicon Carbide may tear the tarlatan leaving behind small pieces of lint on the surface of the plate. Aluminum Oxide's rounded grain offers a smoother wiping process and decreases the problem of shredded tarlatan.

  3. Aluminum Oxide is more economical. They are both available in the same grades ranging from fine to medium and coarse grits. Print results look the same.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Monotype video from Akua INKS

To see video click on the site below.
go to the video section in the site.

Molly Bangs theory

Google first and download,

English 428 Molly Bang's Principles
From Picture This: How pictures works

Let me know if you need a hard copy because of downloading problems.