This engaging printmaking workshop focuses on monoprint and woodcut methods, with an emphasis on layering color to produce luminous results. Students begin with observational studies from the natural world and explore trace, stencil, painterly and multiple plate monotype methods. Woodcut techniques are then added to layer transparent and opaque color, creating a radiant sense of space. Editioned and unique prints are created, alternating between structure and improvisation. This back-and-forth serves as the format for the course as printing using a woodcut matrix with a variety of monoprint methods are combined.
Students learn trace, stencil, additive and reductive monotype and carving, transferring images, color ink mixing, relief and monoprint processes from wood blocks and Plexiglas with oil-based inks using a press and by hand, pochoir techniques using gouache, a variety of registration techniques and chine collé.
Students work from drawings, collages and/or photographic sources to create many editioned and unique prints. There are daily demonstrations with time for individual exploration and series development. We engage in group and individual critiques.
Jean Gumpper is a faculty member and artist-in-residence at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She has been an artist in residence at Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Goldwell Museum, Ucross Foundation, Grand Canyon National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. She has taught print workshops in Sweden and the United States. Jean’s prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally.