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Join artist Susan Callan and other fellow artists who have traveled, kept journals en route, and didn’t leave the urge-to-art at home. Perhaps the art was an annotated menu, an adorned map, a hurried sketch of a stranger on a train, or a full-page of paint to capture a unique scene. Art stirs the traveler’s memory to re-live that moment, and the trip. Years later, it draws readers in, providing a time capsule – in art and words.
A travel journal can start with either bought or handcrafted books; it can be slim and sparse of content or bursting with your experiences. They are all priceless treasures.
Bring your favorite ‘artified’ travel journal to the Conversation. Bring questions, or tips you’ve picked up along the way. We’ll all be enriched by each other’s efforts.
The challenge between the 1st & 2nd session? Just for an afternoon, be a tourist in your own neighborhood. Create one or two bits of art. Bring them to life with a few well-chosen words. Build on your past AND the Conversation’s first session. We’ll show & share results in the 2nd session...and, wish everyone a Bon Voyage d’ART on their next trip.
These sessions promise to be lively - with comments, Q&As, creativity and laughter. Don't miss it!
The first session will be a presentation of recent work by the guest artist. The second session will be a group sharing of participants' work inspired by the presentation.
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These events will be held each month on the first and second Friday of the month. The subject will change each month.
Are you looking to delve into selling your work, or bolster a business that may have slowed over the last year? This class is designed to support artisans and others who are looking to hone their business skills particularly in the area of product packaging, pricing & promotion. Experienced business consultant Stuart Walton will share information and guidance on how to create a practical one-page business plan in a changing marketplace. He’ll touch on business licensing and legal structure as well as other steps you can take to become an even more organized business owner. After a presentation there will be time to ask questions and get individualized advice. We hope this workshop will help you take your business to the next level!
This class is taught by long-time Bainbridge Island business owner Stuart Walton. Stuart has taught entrepreneurial training classes for over 12 years and is recognized as a business specialist who lectured at many local and state events and given lectures local universities. He has presented nationally and internationally including at the White House Counsel for Building Small Businesses. and the Asset Building Coalition for the State of Washington. Stuart was a Bainbridge Island Historical Society board member, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Winslow Way Property Owners Association, Chairperson of the Business Development Committee on the Winslow Tomorrow project, Boy Scout Leader, and with his wife owned Paper Products on Winslow Way for 12 years.
This exciting new follow-up/next level class is designed for those students who have completed the Beginner Workshop. This intermediate workshop is for students interested in advancing to the next level and continuing to make prints at home without access to a printing press. In your own space you will learn how to make multiple color/multi-layered prints using direct printing techniques first presented in the beginning course.
We will cover designing and creating a print that is built up in layers, printed more than once, using monotype, relief printing and drypoint methods. We will also cover the use of registration systems and tips on using color as a means of personal expression, choosing a pallet, mixing inks and paints and a bit of history about pigments. Emphasis will be placed upon personal artistic development. Students will choose their own subject matter and work in whatever size/scale fits their needs.
All classes will be live via Zoom to include technical demonstrations and group discussions. Everyone will be provided with a supply kit prior to the first session containing a variety of water-based inks and materials. Please verify your mailing address when registering. Registration will close Monday, 5/10.
Suggested materials to have on hand:
Curt Labitzke is an associate professor of printmaking at the University of Washington. His work is represented at the Island Gallery on Bainbridge Island and La Bottega dell Acquaforte Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. Curt's work was included in the group of Seattle Regional Printmakers shows at Roby King Gallery in 2013 and 2014. He has shown in galleries internationally in Italy, France, Chile and Mexico.
In this 90-minute class you will get hands-on practice in capturing video of your home studio practice on your cell-phone. We have found sharing images improves the online class experience for everyone when class attendees can find and use these functions of their smart-phones. For teachers to be able to really coach your technique in online classes, they must be able to see your practice. Learn easy ways to transfer a photo or video to a laptop or desk top computer (Apple or PC) for sharing in the Zoom classroom. How-to work this digital magic will be demonstrated and practiced in this class.
Must own a Smartphone with a camera app and have a laptop or desk top computer.
We are also offering Practicing with Zoom Screen Share (Online) on Thursday, May 27th. To read more and register, please click here.
Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. Earning a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her work has been exhibited both national and internationally since the 1980’s. She authored the book, “Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009 and her most recent publication, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, received a national AM&P Excel Award in 2018.
This 90-min. class will focus on Basic Zoom Screen Share skills. Links to tutorials and step-by-step on using this option will be demonstrated and practiced multiple times by class attendees. For teachers to be able to really coach your technique, they must be able to see your practice. Having good control of these skills will enrich your class experience.
This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
Join Ellie Mathews at her studio in Port Townsend via Zoom to step through the basics of letterpress printing: Type. Paper. Ink. Go!
She will also discuss some of the techniques involved in her own work, giving background on choices made—and why. Ellie, along with her husband, Carl Youngmann, are partners in The North Press. They have printed together off and on for forty years. Carl worked as a printer’s devil when in high school. Their primary focus in recent years has been the production of poetry broadsides. Together, they have taught a variety of letterpress classes at BARN.
In what she hopes will be a relaxed, interactive conversation—as if you’re right there with her looking around in her modest shop—Ellie will try to take the fear out of what might seem daunting at first: all those tiny bits and pieces of type; that half-ton press and its precision adjustments, for example. If anything, Ellie is a letterpress ambassador, encouraging people to give the process a try, because she finds a variety of approaches that don’t involve going blind with six-point letters—or even having to learn the organization of type cases to begin with. In her opinion, whatever one’s approach, the results are worth the effort: crisp impressions sinking into cotton-y paper in any color you’re willing to mix. All that and the freedom to say whatever you want once you take control of the process.
For the second part of this two-week event, Ellie will invite you to come up with a proposal for a simple print—on the order of 6 x 9 inches—using a short quote or piece of advice that you could imagine as a letterpress project. These will be shared and discussed in an open forum with consideration of methods and practicalities.
About the Presenter:
Ellie Mathews has worked in cartography, design, and software development. She has enhanced dozens of letterpress broadsides with graphic elements that began life as full-color photographs.
Image Upper right: "All 26" by Ellie Mathews
*This class is for youth ages 10-14*
Spend a week creating art in one of BARN's outdoor classrooms this summer! We will spend this session exploring several kinds of printing and image transfer techniques including mono-printing, relief printing, stamping and solar printing. After making a portfolio of prints, we will assemble them into a small book complete with text. Our subject will be trees, but no worries about drawing, as our projects will be geared for fun and experimentation.
Students should wear clothing suitable for working with paint and inks.
Lynn Agnew is a working book artist and retired educator. In addition to working as a teacher and school administrator, she worked for Microsoft and created curriculum for the WA State Arts Commission. Her artistic focus is currently on making books and fabric pieces. Her work can be found in university and private collections around the country.
Consider five small shallow boxes, each folded from a single sheet of heavy stock. Imagine binding these drawer-like boxes into something reminiscent of a book block, complete with its own cabinet-like case. Inside each of these boxes you construct something mechanical from paper that can be used many ways. You have just built a Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities—a 4D Whitman’s sampler of movable delicacies, made entirely with paper.
This workshop removes the restraint of FLAT from the codex page. The first box explores movable paper engineering fundamentals. By adding a sculptural component, the second amplifies a model from the first box. The third is a tiny automata. The fourth contains a classic crankie. The fifth box employs a shutter structure to mysteriously bring an object into view. You will make this movable mechanical magic out of little more than card stock, glue, and simple hand tools.
Both paper engineering beginners and advanced practitioners will be accommodated and challenged by this material.
The first session will have a one hour break at noon and resume again at 1:00pm.
Supplies to have on hand:
Shawn Sheehy is an artist with a love of ecology who enjoys exploring such themes as interconnectedness, adaptability, and evolution. Passionate about pop-up books, he works sculpturally with the book format and has presented numerous workshops on pop-up engineering across the country.
Welcome back to Print & Book Arts Open Studios. We are starting with a limited Open Studio schedule but will be adding dates as Studio Monitors are trained. If you are interested in becoming a Studio Monitor please contact Amy Goldthwaite, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to register for the Open Studio, as we have a set number of artisans that can be in the work space at one time. Open studios are for BARN Members only at this time.
The Print & Book Arts Studio will be practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Everyone using the studio will be required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, keep a physical distance of six feet from others and stay home if they are sick. Please review our safety protocols before registering. You will find the links in the "Important Details" section below.
You are welcome to attend the Print & Book Arts Open Studios, regardless of the type of book or printing project you have in mind. Each session will have a monitor on hand to answer questions. All studio equipment is available but participants must be certified on any press they plan to use. Time is limited to three hours per session; the last half hour being devoted to cleanup. We will expand the hours as Covid 19 restrictions allow.
Monitor: Janet Sanders
Monitor: Peggy Graving