Monotype Printmaking Workshop

Preston Jackson Gallery


Apr 22 - 23 2023
April 22 – 23
9:00am – 4:30pm
Instructor: Sarah Smelser
3rd floor classroom
CAC Member: $130, Non-Member: $150

In this weekend workshop, students will use a press to stencil print, counterproof, and ghost print to augment their images and add passages of color. The workshop will emphasis the trace monotype technique, a method of transferring ink/color from one surface to a piece of paper by direct pressure. Trace monotype allows an artist to work with the specific vocabulary of drawing while making one-of-a-kind prints. One can use trace monotype to make finished works or as the beginnings of collages, mixed media works or installation. Trace monotype is portable, low-tech, and safe.

The workshop is held on the 3rd floor of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 9:00am-4:30pm each day with a ½ break for lunch 12:30-1:00. Students may bring a sack lunch. A refrigerator is available. Please let us know beforehand if you cannot do stairs, as alternative access is available.

Student Material List: source material like drawings or photographs, newsprint pad, vegetable oil, Simple Green or an all purpose cleaner, a roll of paper towels, self-healing mat, scissors, x-acto knife, various drawing and mark making tools like wooden spoons, graphite sticks or pencils of varying hardness, kitchen gloves or disposable gloves, apron if desired. All other materials are included.

About the instructor:
Sarah Smelser received her BA from University of California at Santa Cruz, her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. She has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center; Franz Masereel Center, Artica Bilbao, Kala Art Institute, Jentel Artist Residency, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Anchor Graphics, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Tamarind Institute, and Remarque Print Workshop. Her work is in such collections as Readers’ Digest Association, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Hallmark Corporate Collection, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

Smelser is the Harold Boyd Endowed Professor, associate director of the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University, and a co-founder of Manneken Press with Master Printer Jonathan Higgins. Manneken Press is a fine art print publishing venture, currently thriving in Bloomington, IL, publishing the work of artists from around the United States and Colombia.

For more information about each class, contact: William Butler or Darlene Jones, 309.674.6822 or contact us.