Join printmaking expert Sarah Matthews for a fun hands-on learning experience in block printing, diving into the fundamentals of carving and printing techniques to create captivating repeating patterns for holiday decorations and gifts.

Nov 30, 2024 - Nov 30, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $185
Workshop Duration: 4 hours over 1 afternoon session (Saturday, 2-6pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets on Saturday, Nov 30 from 2-6pm ET.

Block printing patterns 3 - by Sarah Matthews
Block print by Sarah Matthews.

Unleash your creativity in our “Repeating Pattern Block Printing” course designed with holiday decorations and gifts in mind. This hands-on class is for individuals eager to explore the fundamentals of carving and printing to create mesmerizing and festive repeating patterns. We will dive into carving basics with how to use your tools, how to plan your design, and the importance of test prints. The focus will be on the 4-quarter repeat printing technique, pattern layout, alignment, and spacing. Uncover the artistry of repeating patterns in this concise, hands-on course. Perfect for beginners and those seeking to refine their block printing skills just in time for the holidays.

Block printing patterns 2 - by Sarah Matthews

Block printing patterns - by Sarah Matthews

Supplies needed:

Block printing patterns 4 - by Sarah Matthews

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Instructor: Sarah Matthews

Sarah Matthews' work reflects her commitment to exploring the complex issues of race, equality, and gender while shining a light on social injustice. She documents the struggles of breaking through barriers in our society through her layered prints and artist books. As an African-American, Mrs. Matthews has experienced firsthand the impact of negative media images that portray her community as inferior. Through her art, she aims to challenge these stereotypes and empower her audience to see all individuals' beauty, intelligence, and importance, regardless of race.

Sarah Matthews is a highly skilled printmaker and book artist with a background in art and business. She holds an MA in Art & the Book from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University, an MBA with a Marketing Concentration, and a BS in Sociology from Bowie State University. Her works have been exhibited internationally and are part of prestigious collections at institutions such as the National Museum of African American History & Culture Library, Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. Mrs. Matthews is also a dedicated educator, teaching Artist Books at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and bookbinding and printmaking classes at various art centers and platforms.