Under Jim Nickelson's guidance, enhance both your printing skills and artistic vision in this hands-on advanced digital printing course.

Sep 30, 2024 - Oct 4, 2024

Levels: Advanced, Master,
Workshop Fee: $1495
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 8

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Building upon The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print, students in this course will learn to take their inkjet printing to the next level by exploring different print media, fine-tuning settings, and making subtle adjustments to enhance the final print and to make it consistent with their artistic vision. We will also discuss printing on non-traditional substrates such as rice papers, learning the settings and other changes necessary to succeed with these unique and lovely papers.

In this course, we will make prints, learn to evaluate and assess how to improve them, and then demonstrate how to do so using digital darkroom techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will also learn how to develop their print statement for a body of work to help create a harmonious and successful printed portfolio.

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Students will learn additional ways to enhance the completed print, such as by creating deckled edges, applying protective sprays, and presenting their work in different types of portfolios. 

Making prints for bookmaking is increasing in popularity as a way of presenting work and as a unique art form in itself, and students will learn about considerations for making prints for this purpose, such as handling paper grain, printing on both sides of the paper, and choosing an appropriate paper for a book project.

Students will work with Epson printers and will be printing primarily with Canson, Hahnemuhle papers, and Awagami papers. Additional papers may be purchased from the Digital Service Department on campus or students may bring their own favorites.

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Completion of The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print or instructor permission. Students should be comfortable printing on different papers, should be experienced editors in the digital darkroom, and should be familiar with color management. Email [email protected] for more information.

Course Requirements

This course requires that students use the school (Mac) computers. Students should bring files on a portable hard drive.

All images copyright Jim Nickelson.

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Instructor: Jim Nickelson

Based in Camden, Maine, Jim works as a fine art photographer, custom digital printer (as Nickelson Editions), bookmaker, and teacher. Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate attorney (with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Univ. of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School).

Jim has received numerous awards, including being honored as Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park, Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, the Baer Art Center in Iceland, and the book arts studio at Maine Media Workshops + College. Jim has exhibited widely, and his work resides in museum, corporate, university, public, and private collections across the United States and Canada.