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For photographers and artists wishing to take their photographic images into new creative realms, this course will open doors into the inky world of printmaking and polymer photogravure etching plates.  Over the course of a week, you  will take a journey into intaglio and monoprint printmaking. You will learn to turn your images into photopolymer plates and artfully layer them with monoprinting, tonings and stencils to build a portfolio of prints that combine your imagery with the art of printmaking.  Artists with or without printmaking experience will enjoy making work at their own level.  I teach the double exposure technique of plate making. This alternative to the DTP (direct to plate) method allows for exposing plates in the sun or under a portable exposure unit.


This course is meant for artists, photographers and printmakers who want to learn a photo-based approach to printmaking that will produce unique, one-of-a-kind images, standard editions, and varied editions of their images that each have a unique appearance.  In printmaking and monoprinting, each image is handmade with great care, attention to detail with evidence of the hand at work.  Images from the intaglio plates can be printed alone or on top of monoprints which give a painterly feel to the photographic images and allow the artist to work creatively with an assortment of ink colors as well as stencils to block or apply color to specific areas.  


Processes to be learned include:

  • Envisioning layers
  • Digital preparation and printing of positive transparencies of their images
  • Preparing and testing for double exposure plate making with aquatint screen
  • Exposing and developing intaglio photopolymer gravure plates
  • Inking and printing plates
  • Envisioning, inking and printing monoprints
  • Pairing intaglio plates with monoprinting approaches
  • Making and uses of stenciling as an accompaniment to monoprinting



Students will be asked to bring a variety of images in high resolution digital form that can be used for these processes.  A thumb drive, a laptop and Photoshop are also helpful, but not required. Computers and programs are available.  Non-Photoshop users can take the workshop and we will help you prepare your images, but basic computer and Photoshop skills are desired. Feel free to take any of Maine Media’s online design courses in preparation for this week intensive.

Included in your tuition are these and many other supplies: 8×10 Pictorico transparency film, 4×5 and 8×10 Plates, Inks, printmaking accessories, brayers, Arches 88 paper. Extra plates can be purchased from the instructor.

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Instructor: Jari Poulin

Jari Poulin is an artist who uses photography and printmaking based in Ithaca, NY.  She holds her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston). Her work is portrait based and explores ideas of the ephemeral, memory, and identity. As a former dancer/choreographer her work often features movement and dance or the implied sense of physicality and energetics.