August 10-11 Monotype/Painterly Print Workshop w/ Joyce Zavorskas

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August 10-11 Monotype/Painterly Print Workshop w/ Joyce Zavorskas


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Monotype/Painterly Print

Instructor: Joyce Zavorskas

Dates: August 10-11, Friday & Saturday (optional third day, Sunday August 12, 9am-3pm)

Time:  9am-3pm

Cost: $245 Members | $275 Non-members (includes the $25 materials fee). Additional third  day $110 Members | $125 Non-members

*Workshop can not be purchased as Sunday only

Location: Zavorskas Studio, Orleans (exact address will be emailed separately upon registration).


Monotypes are paintings on smooth acrylic plates transferred to paper once only. Artists ranging from Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Ross Moffett, and more recently Joan Snyder and Michael Mazur have used the monotype medium to express a more spontaneous and evocative range of drawing, painting and printmaking combinations.

Students will make painterly spontaneous images on acrylic plates using small rubber brayers, brushes, Oil Bars, or stencils, and oil base etching ink. Dampened 100% rag paper placed on top of the inked plate, and passed through the press with gentle pressure, results in a unique impression that is intimately and permanently bonded with the fibers of the paper. Overprinting and contemporary experimental approaches with larger rollers produce magical surprises. The glistening layers of radiant ink create truly unique images with depth, mystery, memory and delight. Demonstrations each day will help to develop individual explorations. Beginner to advanced students are welcome. Clean-up will be with baby oil, Gamsol or or Simple Green.


Student Material List   (available in Provincetown at Conwell Lumber Yard or Artist’s Loft, or Cape Cod Photo and Art in Orleans, or online at Utrechts, Dick Blick or Jerry’s Artarama

Clean-up will be or Baby Oil and Simple Green and Gamsol.

Monotypes are paintings on smooth acrylic plates transferred to paper once only using a manual press. Students generate a spontaneous flow of related ideas in one printing session. Smooth Plexiglas plates are very versatile and accommodate a wide variety of imagery. Bring new smooth Plexiglas plates if you want to make monotypes. I have extra plexiglas plates available to use, but it is good to have several of your own, cut to the same size so you can overprint!

Student Supplies to Bring to Class

1/8” Plexiglas 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)

2-3 brayers or rollers you may have already, Speedball 1.5” are best. I have larger ones to share

Assorted bristle brushes , small, medium and large, for painterly marks

2B or #1 pencil to sign the prints

Viva Ultra paper towels, one roll, or soft clean rags  (old t-shirts)

18”x24” newsprint pad or portfolio to carry home new prints each day, or a portfolio

old telephone books

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)

Charbonnell oil-base inks inks in tubes for making luminous layered monotypes

Study sketches and photos for reference

small sketchbook to take notes and sketch ideas and memories

 Zavorskas Studio Supplies, included in lab fee

3 presses: American French Tool Press 36 x 60”; Charles Brand 16 x 30”; Griffin Press 12 x 24”

many large rollers 6-24” wide for viscosity roll-ups

assorted small Plexiglas plates

ceramic or glass ink palettes for mixing ink, and palette razor scrapers

shop aprons and smocks

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 trays

Black china markers, for drawing on the back of the Plexiglas plates

masking tape

Prismacolor pencils (for curating the prints and for planning color layers)

rulers and Plexiglas cutter so you can cut your own plates

many reference books on Monotype

BFK 22×30” white, tan, or gray Rives paper, buy as needed ($4.00/ea.) (3 pieces included in fee)


Artist Bio:

The recipient of numerous awards, Joyce Zavorskas has exhibited widely, including London, Paris, New York and California. Her monotypes, oils and encaustics are represented locally by Left Bank Gallery and Miller White Fine Arts. Zavorskas has taught printmaking for 38 years at local museums and art centers, including PAAM, Castle Hill, Touchstone, Simmons College, Bridgewater State University and Cape Cod Community College. She holds three university degrees, including an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from MassArt, during which she studied with Michael Mazur, Peik Larsen, and Joel Janowitz in Provincetown. She has served on the executive boards of the Boston Printmakers, Monotype Guild of New England, Printmakers of Cape Cod and the Creative Art Center.


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