In February 2008 the Artists' Press held its first monoprint workshop.
Five artists took part they are: Josie Grindrod (Cape Town), Griet van der
Meulen (Graskop) and Sue Dickinson, Laura Batchelor, Erica Schoeman (all
from Nelspruit) with Mark Attwood and Syneth Nyandeni as facilitators. The monoprint workshop took on its own energy right from the first
tentative application of ink to acetate. Each of the artists took to the technique
and branded it as their own, keeping the printers very busy at the press!
There was much laughter, quiet contemplation, anguish and discussion over
the five days. The results speak for themselves and show each artist's ability
and individual voice.
There are six positions on each workshop that we do. This means that each artist gets ample opportunities at the press and are able to make as many prints as they like. All the prints that are made during the time are the property of the artists and are taken home by the artist at the end of the workshop. The sessions are open to anyone who is interested in printmaking and no prior knowledge of printmaking is required. We have had people joining us from as far afield as Kenya, the USA and Botswana. The participants are usually a mix of novices and full time artists, which makes for an exciting space as it is often the novices who produce more interesting work than the professionals! It also allows for sharing of tips and techniques as participants come from such diverse art making backgrounds that they often bring new ideas and innovations with them. We have learned a lot from artists who have joined us over the years.
We do not give formal art lessons and we do not set projects such as setting up still lives for everyone to work from. Technical information relating to print is shared and taught but not content or concept.
Our guesthouse accommodation is limited to three double rooms and sometimes participants book into guesthouses in the area (fortunately there is an abundant supply). We provide delicious vegetarian lunches and teas, using as many locally available organic ingredients as possible.
We hold monoprint workshops regularly (once or twice a year), for details of when the next one will be held please contact us.