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Relief, Letterpress & Etching

Chip Carving


with Daniel Clay

Calendar Jul 16, 2018 at 10 am

In this one-day class students will recieve comprehensive instruction in the fundamentals of chip carving, a decorative technique in which faceted "chips" are removed from a wooden surface to produce geometric patterns, stylized images, lettering and ornamentation. Through demonstrations and guided practice students will leave class with knowledge, experience and confidence to pursue chip carving on their own. One of the most attractive aspects of chip carving (especially for beginning woodcarvers) is that it can be accomplished at a high level wth minimal tools and materials; all you need to become a great chip caver is a sharp knife, soem suitable wood and a little practice.

Daniel Clay is a woodworker, deisgner and artist based in Knoxville, TN. He is an alumni of The Carpenter's Boatshop apprenticeship program ('06) where he studied wooden boatbuilding, Shaker oval boxes, Appalachian ladder-back chairs and spoon and bowl carving. This was followed by a two-year stint as an apprentice timber framer under Hope For Architecture's Clay Chapman. In 2016 Daniel started Saturday Box Company, a home decor business dedicated to producing his own functional and decorative designs, custom woodworking and exploring contemporary expressions of traditional forms and woodworking techniques. 



with Ashley Hawkins

Calendar Jun 20, 2018 at 6 pm

Come get inky and play with sharp objects! We will use etching tools to make drawings directly into lightweight metal plates, ink our plates up, and print our images using an etching press. Experienced printers and newbies encouraged!

ASHLEY HAWKINS is the co-founder and Executive Director of Studio Two Three (S23), Richmond, Virginia's workspace for art. S23 provides artists the tools, space, and resources to build successful careers. Ashley views S23 as her ultimate creative expression; a balance of her passions for organization building, dreaming big, and art making. Ashley holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and a Masters’ of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her partner, four-year-old son Max, one-year-old daughter Zoey, dog named Arlo and a cat named Olive. She makes prints, cardboard sculptures for Max, and a line of housewares with her fiancée under the guise of Hers (& His) Press.



with Sophie Treppendahl

Calendar Aug 11, 2018 at 10 am

Explore the painterly process of monotype to create one-of-a-kind prints. This class will delve into techniques of mark making, painting, stencils, and ghost images using various water-based mediums. During the class each student will learn techniques to create two large-scale monotype prints.

SOPHIE TREPPENDAHL is from Saint Francisville, Louisiana. She received her BA in painting and printmaking from College of Charleston in South Carolina. Sophie currently lives and works in Richmond where her work is inspired by the landscape and people that surround her. Her paintings investigate nostalgia and enchantment in the ordinary.



with Jamie Mahoney

Calendar Aug 8, 2018 at 6 pm

Design and print your own greeting cards on a hand-operated letterpress using wood type and antique relief-block illustrations from the Valentine Museum. The tactile quality of ink pressed into paper results in your own handmade cards. This workshop combines an overview of letterpress and history with printmaking.

JAMIE MAHONEY is Assistant Professor and Director of the Bowe House Press, a letterpress studio at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. As an educator, she teaches Printmaking and Book Arts. As an artist, Jamie experiments with both traditional and 21st-century printing technologies. Metal and wood materials of letterpress are combined with new technologies like laser cutters and 3D printing.



with Cosima Storz

Calendar Jun 27, 2018 at 6 pm

In this class we will learn the basics of carving a linoleum block to create a relief print. We will go over inking techniques and multi-color printing.

COSIMA STORZ is a Richmond based artist working in printmaking, photography and performance art. Architecture and astronomy are both significant influences for her work. She received her B.F.A. in painting & printmaking and master’s in art education from Virginia Commonwealth University.



with Leigh Bartenstein

Calendar Jul 25, 2018 at 6 pm

Learn the fun, fast, magical secrets of photo lithography using black and white images (can be line drawings, photos or a combination). Expose your images on a photo-sensitive plate and learn how to ink and print your plates on an etching press so you leave with a collection of prints.

LEIGH BARTENSTEIN is from Richmond. She studied painting and printmaking at The College of William and Mary and found her favorite medium in lithography – which she loves because of how close it can come to traditional drawing. She is delighted to be back in Richmond making lithographs and screenprints at Studio Two Three.  



with Ricardo Ruiz

Calendar Aug 2, 2018 at 6 pm

The process of multiple block woodblock printing creates the opportunity to produce nuanced images only limited by the pragmatics of materials available. Within the course you will acquire a basic understanding of press setup, paper absorption, image registration, ink curing time, color layering dynamics, reverse image making, and with all printmaking an appreciation for process and drawing. Whether you are interested in learning a simple method to expand past a singular color woodcut or would like to learn how to juggle multiple blocks registered to produce a consistent complex image rich in color and depth you will have fun.

Rooted in drawing, RICARDO RUIZ works in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, writing, sculpture, ceramic, printmaking, and sound. Ricardo’s work has been included in over 100 exhibitions and has had recent solo exhibitions at Big Medium Gallery, Austin, TX and 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA. Ricardo is the recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for a body of work detailing the migratory history of the Cherokee Indian, his ancestral heritage.  




with Sophie Treppendahl

Calendar Jun 23, 2018 at 1 pm

Explore the exciting intersection between printmaking and painting through new techniques in oil-based monoprinting. This class will explore ink viscosity, positive and negative stencils, multi-layer registration, and ghost printing. Students will be asked to bring sketches, photos, or ideas for prints to class that we will work from using gestural marks, graphic elements, and the material of ink.

SOPHIE TREPPENDAHL is from Saint Francisville, LA. She received her BA in Painting and Printmaking from College of Charleston in South Carolina. Sophie is a painter and a printmaker, working out of her studio here at Studio Two Three. Her work is inspired by the landscape and people that surround her. Her paintings investigate nostalgia and enchantment in the ordinary.



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