Lear the skills to confidently print your own designs with gelatin plates.
By the time you finish this workshop you will be equipped with the skills to confidently print your own designs with gelatin plates. Your tutors will demonstrate step-by-step and teach a range of approaches that you can take to this exciting creative process … you will be able to take those learnings and adapt and develop your own style and approach, creating your own gel plate prints. Join us for this journey around creativity with an emphasis on personal aesthetic, pattern and colour.
The course will commence with a focus on finding our own design style using a brief overview of art and design, followed by warm up creative exercises. Half an hour will be spent on whakawhanaungatanga – getting to know each other with an emphasis on our own artistic point of view or creativity goals. This is partly so that the tutor can get to know your aesthetic leaning and ensure your enjoyment of the class.
We will learn and have a go with the following techniques:
and be proud of to take home as a keepsake of what we have learned.
This two-day programme extends these learnings and we will also make our own gel-plates at the end of day one, so that they can set overnight and we can use them on day two. This gives participants confidence in creating their own plates at home later and provides an opportunity to create a large or unusual-shaped plate for use.
This course will be enjoyed by individuals with a confident eye for colour art and design, as well as complete beginners for whom exploring creativity is a new interest. A positive uplifting and encouraging atmosphere is fostered in this class.
Bring your lunch each day. Most materials are provided for the course but we would like students to bring black and white photocopies of special photographs (ones that you are interested in honouring). These could be very old photographs of your tupuna/ancestors or an important place to you, or a church, marae or building that is important to you. It could also be a photograph of yourself from your childhood. Or, a photo of your pet! If you can't easily print your images, please email them to the office and we will arrange this (email@example.com). Please do not bring the originals on the day because we will not be able to utilise originals for our project.
Also bring some magazines, wrapping paper, wallpaper or any other printed material that you might be able to work with or be willing to share with others. You can bring foliage, flowers or leaves you’d like to work with if that is exciting to you. There will also be some supplied on the day.
In preparation: please have a think about a maunga/mountain that you will use as inspiration for the layering technique. We will have a go at making an image of a mountain range – it can be fictional but a mountain that means something to you would be great!
Ursula: Gelatin plate printing is a wonderful way to play with printmaking at home with relative ease. The softness of the gelatin plates allows you to capture and print great detail and the results are impressive. With a background in design and an obsession with colour, gel plate printing allows me to play with these elements!
Ashley Ruth: Ashley Ruth lives and breathes art, taking her travel-size watercolour and mixed media supplies with her everywhere she goes - no exaggeration! She has developed her own unique style of watercolour and illustration and creates art every day, primarily through visual journaling. A gifted teacher, she will guide you through the creative process in an enabling and encouraging manner so therapeutic you won't want class to end.