Anderson Ranch Arts Center will be closed from September 24th – October 2nd.


Code: R1211-21

    • II

      Level II

      Students have a basic understanding of press operation, tools common to printmaking, paper preparation and basic principles of registration.

    • III

      Level III

      Students have some formal training in digital fabrication, experience with a variety of materials and fabrication processes, and know how to use CNC, 3-­D printers, or laser cutters competently and safely. Students have a portfolio of their work.

Investigational Monoprint: laser-engraved plexiglass plates

Aug 23 - 27, 2021



This multi-layered workshop combines the immediacy of traditional monoprint processes with digital technology through laser-cut and laser-engraved plexiglass plates. Students create a dynamic series of multi-layered prints that explore a range of image, color, format and texture. Monoprint plates are transformed using equipment in Anderson Ranch Art Center’s Digital Fabrication Lab (“FabLab”) and are then printed and added to in the Patton Print Shop. This exciting combination of techniques allows students to experiment with elements ranging from the painterly brush stroke of monotype to photographic halftones, shaped plates, digital drawings, precise pattern and text.


Laser cutters incise into plexiglass plates, plates are inked and printed with monoprint techniques. Basic Photoshop skills are necessary.

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Susan Belau

Susan Belau uses representation and abstraction to connect the processes of drawing and printmaking to landscape, memory and place. She is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and trained as a printer at Paulson Press in Berkeley, CA.

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Susan Belau, California Buckwheat - detail

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Discover the exciting possibilities of this historically rooted medium. Our Printmaking program fosters a supportive studio atmosphere where artists of all levels have the freedom to experiment and learn new techniques. Summer printmaking workshops, taught by accomplished artists and educators, offer a fresh take on the medium, mixing traditional processes with experimental attitudes.

Anderson Ranch’s Patton Printmaking Studio is clean, spacious, and outfitted with a variety of presses and equipment to accommodate screen printing, relief, intaglio, monoprinting, bookmaking, mokuhanga and lithography. Students have access to individual work tables, wall space, palettes, rags, hand tools, power tools, computers with Adobe software, wi-fi, printing, scanning, and projection capabilities.

At Anderson Ranch, the process of printmaking honors tradition, innovation, community and collaboration. We invite you to explore, experiment and expand your visual expression in this captivating environment.

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount* in summer one- or two-week adult workshops for SGC International members. Please register online and then email with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register. *Please note that the SGC discount cannot be combined with any other discount, scholarship or special offer. 

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Workshop Details

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Many of the items you'll need are available in the ArtWorks Store. Please click "View Full Supply List" to see a comprehensive list of items you'll need for this workshop.



White eraser


Masking tape


2H pencil


B pencil


2B pencil


Fine black sharpie


Extra-fine black sharpie


Utility knife with snap off blades, like an Olfa*


X-Acto knife with a #11 blade and extra blades


10 sheets (minimum) of printmaking paper. Paper for proofing and printing. Suggested paper: Rives BFK, 22 x 30” 250 gsm


Japanese papers for printing, such as: Kozo, Kitikata, Gampi.


Colored pencils


Lodging & Meals

Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations. There is no housing or meals available for Fall Studio Sessions Studio Practice programs.

We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.

The Ranch Café meal plan that is included with Room and Board fees strives to provide healthy, creative meals that will nourish your artistic creativity. The meal plan includes 5 days of continental breakfasts that will include a hot offering, 5 lunches with a selection of offerings, and 5 dinners.


Health & Safety

Beginning February 2023, Anderson Ranch will no longer require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for studio and artistic program participants. For your own safety as well as the safety of our community, we highly encourage all program participants to be up to date with their vaccinations for COVID-19 as well as the flu vaccine. We also encourage you to carry health and traveler’s insurance.

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Scholarships, College Credit & Discounts

Making Art Accessible

Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, either through endowed funds or special gifts.

Many colleges and universities offer college credit for workshops taken at Anderson Ranch. Discounts are available for students and teachers.

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