Elevate your polymer photogravure printmaking skills with Jeanne Wells, learning how to create captivating prints using a variety of new and advanced techniques.
Sep 23, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024
Workshop Fee: $1595
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 8
In this intermediate/advanced direct-to-plate polymer photogravure class, we’ll continue to hone your plate creation and hand-wiping skills and put them to use with larger plates, an assortment of papers, and a variety of new techniques. Expect to think about and experiment with both contemporary and historical tonal ranges, the addition of color via ink or paper, and working with multi-plate images and multiple plates in a single print.
Techniques taught will be a variety of chine-collé methods, a la poupée inking, oil rollovers, duotones, and multi-plate printing. This can be tailored to whatever students are most interested in, both as a group and individually.
We’ll spend more time on the perfection of the final print than was able to be addressed in the introductory workshop (where we concentrate on inking and hand-wiping — the image itself rather than the whole print) and will work on finer points like perfect image placement on the paper, pristine plate edges, deckled edges, watermarks, and duplicating a “look” from print to print.
Troubleshooting and problem-solving are always a part of these workshops, and we’ll use them to stretch ourselves a bit, learn some new things, and have a good time.
This workshop is recommended for those who have worked with Jeanne in the past: either privately, or in the Introduction to Polymer Photogravure workshop. Feel free to contact Jeanne if you have previous experience and want to know if this workshop is right for you.
Instructor: Jeanne Wells
Jeanne Wells is familiar with and uses many alternative photographic processes, but for the past 12 years has worked mainly with an intaglio press. She first learned the polymer photogravure process from artist Josephine Sacabo and her assistant, Meg Turner at Josephine's studio in New Orleans. She has also studied with Clay Harmon at North Light Photographic Workshops, master printer Paul Taylor at Renaissance Press, and direct-to-plate pioneer Silvi Glattauer of Baldessin Press in Melbourne, Australia.
Through daily practice and combining the best of her mentors’ methods, Jeanne has found a unique way of working and teaching which relies upon the craftsman’s way of working with the hands and the artist’s way of seeing and thinking, and less upon the technological exactitude of digital workflow. The result is a way of working that is intuitive, tactile, and nuanced in a way that is nearly impossible to accomplish unless working by hand.