Motivational Intaglio – Shelley Thorstensen
August 5 - August 9| $800
Dates: August 5 - 9, 2019
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $75
Class limit: 6
In order to reserve your space in the class, we require a $300 deposit.
Each morning, Shelley will begin the workshop with a series of demonstrations including ways of using color and printing. She will cover stencils, a la poupé, chine collé, viscosity, multiple plates, relief, collage, and digital media. Using participants’ current work and ideas as a catalyst, Shelley will work with everyone individually to discover what aspects are vital to their work and how to successfully explore and expand their visions.
This workshop allows participants to incorporate new ways of working into their artistic practice. Shelley will organize this period to further examine your work and mindset. She will cover material specific to each participant, while also encouraging a further understanding of etching. Artists will learn how to seamlessly incorporate handwork such as drypoint and mezzotint on various substrates; editioned monoprint; paper and polyester photo litho; hand-worked and photo based collographs; photocopy transfer; handmade rubber stamp patterning for chine collé; and registration systems that are best suited to individual needs. Shelley will also address possible considerations for content, scale, series, multiplicity, format, paper choice, and available matrices.
Shelley Thorstensen has expertise in all printmaking techniques. She is a fount of technical knowledge when it comes to color. She is a master of not only transmitting that knowledge, but of recognizing her student’s strengths and artistic direction. Her work is part deep personal archive, part printmaking evangelism, woven together in fabric of color, metaphor and commentary.
Art critic Edward Sozanski wrote of her work “The ease with which she combines these processes and exploits their individual strengths gives her prints uncommon presence and, more often than not, transcendent beauty.” Upcoming solo shows include College of the Sequoias, Visalia CA (March 6 – April 6) and The Delaware Contemporary Museum (October 2018). Recent solo shows include As Above, Union Art Gallery, Wagner College Gallery, Staten Island (2016) and Field Study: The Scheme of Things Anderson Print Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2015).
Shelley currently teaches in the graduate programs at UArts. Her work can be seen at Dolan/Maxwell and is collected across the US, Europe, and Japan. She is a past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA).