Instructor: Joyce Zavorskas
Day: Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th – Two Day Workshop
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost: $250 plus $30 optional materials feel
Monotypes are paintings on smooth acrylic plates transferred to paper once only using a manual press. Monoprints are paintings on textured plates transferred to paper once only with the press. Textures and linear marks in the plate create repetitive elements that appear with each print. Students generate a spontaneous flow of related ideas in one printing session, to be explored later in paintings or in additional monoprints. Viscosity (means flowability of a liquid) inks are modified with oil or driers to be oily or stiff, so that one color repels another, with amazing results. Students are encouraged to make each print different, not to make an edition of exact replicas. An evocative, personal theme emerges with each print session. Plates may be plexiglass with incised lines, cardboard plates with organic matter sealed with gel medium, previously etched metal plates, or carved woodblocks, or make new plates in class. Note: Clean-up will be with vegetable oil or Gamsol.
(available at Conwell Lumber Yard, Provincetown, or Cape Cod Photo and Art, Orleans, or online at, Utrechts, Dick Blick or Renaissance Graphics)
Clean-up will be non-toxic vegetable oil or Simple Green orGamsol.
Students will make textured monoprint plates using 8-ply matboard and organic and found materials , then seal with gloss gel medium both sides 2 coats and dry overnight, or bring old etched plates or Plexiglas plates
1/8” Plexiglas or 8-ply matboard cut to several sizes for your images ( ex. 9”x12”, 12”x12”, 18”x24”, etc. ) best to bring 2 -3 of the same size plates so you can transfer imagery) I have extras
brayers or rollers you may have already
2B or #1 pencil to sign the prints
Viva Ultra paper towels, or soft clean rags (old t-shirts)
18”x24” newsprint pad or portfolio to carry home new prints each day
printmaking paper if you have any, for ex. Rives BFK
Winsor-Newton Oil Bars or R&F oil sticks (wonderful for direct painting, I have some old ones)
Study sketches and photos for reference
small sketchbook to take notes and sketch ideas and memories
Studio Supplies, included in lab fee:
large rollers 12-24” wide for viscosity roll-ups
assorted pieces of 8-ply mat board and things to create a textured monoprint plate
Liquitex Glass Medium for sealing the plates and making them water-proof
ceramic or glass ink palettes for mixing ink, and palette razor scrapers
oil base etching inks and transparent base
miracle gel and #00 burnt plate oil and #3 oil
white blotters to flatten prints, newsprint to keep press blankets clean, towels for blotting paper
large water tray
Black china markers, for drawing on the back of the Plexiglas plates
Prismacolor pencils (for curating the prints and for planning color layers)
BFK 22×30” white, tan, or gray Rives paper, buy as needed ($6.00/ea.) (3 pieces included in fee)
Continuing a lifelong connection to earth and ocean, Joyce Zavorskas has exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Philadelphia, California, as well as Boston, Cape Cod and the Islands. Her recent paintings and monotypes document the constantly changing coastal environment. She paints in oil from direct observation in nature, hiking cliffs and waterways with backpack and easel. Zavorskas creates oil-base monotypes in her Orleans printmaking studio, and offers monotype, etching and encaustic workshops.
Monotypes are paintings transferred to paper once only using a manual press. Artists ranging from Pablo Picasso, Ross Moffet, and more recently, Joan Snyder and Michael Mazur explored new directions in their work with the medium of monotype. Mazur defined monotype as a combination of painting, drawing and printmaking techniques, and therefore on the same level as painting and sculpture.
Joyce Zavorskas independently experimented with painterly monotypes in the mid 80’s, inspired by the French countryside monotypes of Edgar Degas viewed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Studies in plein air painting with Lois Griffel in 1986-87 in Provincetown encouraged Zavorskas to explore new ways of perceiving color, to create luminosity by layering similar values of observed hues.
Combined with 25 years of making lithographs and multiple-plate etchings, Joyce Zavorskas began creating painterly impressionistic monotypes in 1985. She applies thin layers of Charbonnell etching ink with small rubber brayers on smooth Plexiglas. When the layers of ink are complete, she places dampened 100% cotton rag paper on top of the inked plate, and rolls it gently through her etching press once only, creating a single impression. Glistening oil-base ink is imbedded into the fibers of the paper, an evocative and intimate bond.
In 1990 her monotypes and process were featured in Artists Magazine in a 6-page article: “Monotype: The Painterly Impression”. She was a featured artist in Cape Cod Life 2009 Arts Issue. Solo exhibitions of monotypes, etchings and oils include: Kingsgate Gallery in London, England 1985; Left Bank Gallery 2007, 2018; Cahoon Museum of American Art 2010; Cape Cod Museum of Art 2011; and Outside Gallery in North Adams, MA 2016.
Joyce Zavorskas received a BFA at Syracuse University, and MFA in Painting and Printmaking at MassArt. She worked in her loft studio at the Fenway Studios in Boston for ten years, and received commissions from Pfizer Corporation and Beth Israel Hospital, among others. Residencies include Vermont Studio Center, Great Spruce Head Island in Maine, Master Printmaker at Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Collections include Pfizer, Thyssen-Bjornemisza, Fidelity Investments, Seckar & Warburg, London, Cape Cod Museum of Art, PAAM, Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Wiggins Collection of Prints, Boston Public Library.