Printmaking is the process of creating an image from a design and printing it onto a variety of surfaces. In this course, we’ll use many techniques where participants will learn how collage, sunlight, paint, stamps and watercolor can all be used to make a wide variety of images! Participants will leave with eight unique art projects, as well as the knowledge to continue experimenting!

Each session will begin with a warm up and will end with a closing activity.  Our eight weeks together will conclude with a celebration party and plans for how we’d like to show off all of the work we’ve made. We’ll have plenty of time to socialize, share and have a good time at each session!

FAQ’s

Q: Who can attend this workshops series?
A: This course is supported by a Creative Aging grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, and as such this course is only available to participants 60+. We have room for 15 participants!

Q: What is the cost of this workshop series? 
A: This workshops series is completely free! Participants must register (click on the button below) to attend. In the event a participant can’t make a particular session date, we just ask that they reach out to the instructor for notification.

Q: What materials or preparation is required? 
A: Almost none! The instructor will notifiy participants if there’s anything they should plan or prep for prior to each class. However, all materials will be available, and participants will have planning time at the beginning of each session.

Q: Where will the workshops take place? 
A: This workshop series will take place at the Cheyenne Creativity Center, located at 1620 Thomes Ave. 

Q: How long will each course take? 
A: Each class will take roughly 2 hours from start to end. There may be an occasion where we go over by no more than 30 minitues to ensure everyone has time to complete their projects.

Q: Who is the instructor? 
A: This course will be taught by local artist Desirée Brothe. Desirée has been a practicing visual artist for over 20 years, and specializes in painting, drawing, and printmaking. You can see some of Desiree’s work at her instagram account.

Course Descriptions

Week 1: Collagraphs

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 2-4 pm

Description

In our kick-off session, we’ll learn how to use cardboard, string, and other materials to make a simple type of print called a ‘collagraph.’ We’ll begin the class with a warm up so we can get to know one another, then we’ll look at some collagraph examples. We’ll have time to make our own versions, print them, and to reflect on how the collagraph process.

Week 2: Cyanotypes

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 2-4 pm

Description

For our second session, we’ll learn how to make very simple printed images using a wide variety of materials and UV light! We’ll start out with a warm up and then learn a little about how cyanotypes came to be. We’ll end with a show and tell of our works!

Week 3: Gel Plate Printing

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024 2-4 pm

Description

Gel Plate printing has taken over the internet in the last two years, and it’s easy to see why! This fun printing technique uses a gel-like ‘plate’ where paint and images are layered to create a final print. This one is so fun, we’ll make sure to do it over and over again! As usual, each session will start with a warm up and end with a reflection.

Week 4: Roller Stamp Collage

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 2-4 pm

Description

We will use over 40 different rubber stamp rollers to create fun textures and images, then cut them out to collage them together for a completely new image! We’ll study different collage techniques and share how our ideas came together.

Week 5: Kitchen Litho

Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 2-4 pm

Description

A fun and simple way to create a ‘lithography’ print is called “Kitchen Litho,” which uses household items like a wax crayon and coca-cola to create a print! We’ll learn all about how this process works, and take a look at how artists have created lithographs for centuries! We’ll take time to create an image and share how the process worked for everyone.

Week 6: Watercolor Monoprints

Date: Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 2-4 pm

Description

For Watercolor Monoprints, we’ll learn a fun and simple way to use watercolor to create a unique image that we’ll print using a roller press. We’ll take some time to plan what we want to make, create a print, then look at them all together.

Week 7: Styrofoam Printing

Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2024 2-4 pm

Description

Perhaps the most popular form of printmaking, we’ll learn a technique using styrofoam for how to make simple ‘carved’ prints–almost like a stamp! We’ll create simple designs inspired by pattern books, create our ‘block,’ then print! Then we’ll look at what everyone made and discuss our pattern choices.

Week 8: Screenprinting

Date: Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

Description

Our last class together might be the most fun of all! We’ll have a party to celebrate the work we’ve done while we learn all about screenprinting. This type of printing is how t-shirts and tote bags are often made, and participants will have a chance to take home one of each! We’ll also enjoy some snacks and talk about the work we’ve done together, and even take time to plan a special art show for all of the work we made!