Summer Workshops

It's been an extremely long winter here in Minnesota, and I know we're all ready for it to end soon, but before we know it it'll be 90F/32C and humid. One of the best ways to overcome this is to take one of my workshops, either by the cool shore of Lake Superior or in the air conditioned printshop at MCAD!

I have three scheduled this summer; one at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, and two at MCAD in Minneapolis, here and here.


Introduction to Clamshell Box Construction

At North House we'll be making a clamshell case. No previous experience is necessary and all materials and tools will be provided.

You'll learn how to build an elegant clamshell portfolio box, suitable for the presentation and storage of photographs, prints, books, or drawings and more. These cases are elegant and practical, and the interlocking tray reduces exposure to light and dust. They're not just limited to flat artwork, but can be used for anything you want to keep and treasure. This is a two-day, weekend workshop.

This container, also known as a Solander box, was named after botanist Dr. Daniel Solander, who sailed aboard the Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean with Captain Cook. He designed this protective box, still in common use in libraries and archives, while cataloging the natural history collections of the British Museum.

Saturday and Sunday, May 27 - 28, 2023
North House Folk School
500 Hwy 61 W.
Grand Marais, MN 55604


I will be teaching two separate classes at MCAD this summer: Introduction to Clamshell Box Construction and Introduction to Polymer Photogravure.

The clamshell case class will be a two-day, weekend workshop while the polymer photogravure class will be on Thursday evenings for 5 weeks. Details are available on the MCAD website here and here, with online registration starting on May 1st.

Polymergravure is a non-toxic, faster, and environmentally friendlier alternative to the traditional copperplate photogravure process. Create prints that have the gravity and feel of a 19th century photogravure with the ease of 21st century technology!

This introductory workshop will guide participants through each state of the process from the original image file to the final print. Techniques covered will include how to make the plates using simple Adobe Photoshop techniques and an inkjet printer, how to expose and process the plates, and the various methods of inking, wiping, and pulling prints in the printshop.

Introduction to Clamshell Box Construction
Saturday and Sunday, June 17 -18, 2023

Introduction to Polymer Photogravure
5 weeks
Thursday evenings, July 6 - August 3, 2023

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Dust Storm, near Saguaro National Park, AZ — Polymer Photogravure

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