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Artist Workshop at RPS Collective

Stephen Wagner, of the San Francisco Artist Network is presenting the second of several workshops for artists.

The second ( of 4) is: “PRESENTATION: Preparing your artist packet”. The workshop is this Thursday night, at RPS Collective, in Oakland. More information click here.

Other topics include:

PROMOTION ( September 24th, 7-9pm )

REPRESENTATION ( October 22nd, 7-9pm )

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My First Letterpress Project

One of the perks to being an apprentice at the Painted Tongue Press is being able to work on personal projects under the guidance of experienced mentors. During Sunday workshops I have started working on my first personal project, a holiday card. The process begins with planning out the project and visualizing the end product. After some brainstorming I decided I wanted to do a three color card of a snowman in a field with snowflakes falling.

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A New Apprentice in the Shop

For most of us, the first day in any new environment, be it a job, classroom, or even a store, is usually filled with anxiety and curiosity. My first day as a letterpress apprentice featured only the latter. I left all presumptions at the door as I walked into the Painted Tongue Press’s studio space. Between the art and paper sculptures covering the walls and ceiling and the colorful drawers and cabinets scattered throughout, I knew this wasn’t any ordinary letterpress studio.

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Special Guest Dan Welden to Teach Solar Etching at PTS in September

Master printer and creator of the Solarplate, Dan Welden, will be  teaching a three-day intensive solar etching workshop from September 11th-13th at the Painted Tongue Studios.

Solarplate is a UV sensitive polymer plate designed to allow artists to create etchings or relief images without the use of dangerous acids, solvents and grounds. The plates yield rich, intense ink, reminiscent of mezzotints, aquatints and Rembrandt quality etchings.

The plates can be created very simply, using a variety of techniques, including photography, drawing, digital imagery, painting, scraping, stamping, pen & ink, and collage.

Dan Welden developed the Solarplate in 1971 and is the co-author of “Printmaking in the Sun,” a well-written, beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide to the solar etching process. As a master printer, he has collaborated with or printed for artists including
Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Eric Fischl, David Salle, and Lynda Benglis. He is a well-established artist in his own right, having exhibited internationally in over 65 solo and 350 group exhibitions. Dan has taught around the world, including Belgium, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and Germany, and at over 100 universities, schools, galleries, and museums.

Solar etching is a common technique used and taught at Painted Tongue Studios, and we’re terribly excited to have this opportunity to bring such a  skilled and renown instructor to share with our community. Dan’s  class is being offered from September 11th – 13th in our West Oakland studio. The fee is $395 (+ materials). To join this workshop, please call us at 510-593-4221, or email info@paintedtonguepress.com to sign up.

Accepting Applicants for Letterpress Internship

This year has brought strong growth to our business. To meet the demand of our rigorous production and teaching schedule, we are formalizing our apprenticeship program. We’re excited to offer this extensive and focused training, and are now seeking our first applicants.The program requires a one-year commitment of 10 hours per week. Training begins with platemaking, maintenance, basic binding & assembly, and building quality control skills.

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Accepting Applicants for Letterpress Internship

This year has brought strong growth to our business. To meet the demand of our rigorous production and teaching schedule, we are formalizing our apprenticeship program. We’re excited to offer this extensive and focused training, and are now seeking our first applicants.The program requires a one-year commitment of 10 hours per week. Training begins with platemaking, maintenance, basic binding & assembly, and building quality control skills. In the second quarter the focus shifts to cutting & trimming, design file preparation, and ink mixing. In the third quarter the intern will be involved with letterpress proofing, project setup, and finishing designs. In the fourth quarter the intern will oversee complete design and printing projects using both the Vandercook and Heidelberg Windmill presses. The intern will also be included in our Sunday workshop free of charge, where he or she may advance personal projects throughout the year. If our business continues to grow steadily, there is a possibility for employment at the end of the training.
Our ideal candidate is a reliable, focused self-starter who understands instruction quickly and works efficiently and with precision to move projects forward. Must have keen attention to detail and a love of fine arts as well as printing. Ability to work reliably under deadlines is required. Previous letterpress and book arts experience is not necessary, though some familiarity with the medium and its demands is recommended. One candidate will be selected through an interview process. Interested persons please contact Kim at (510)593-4221, or info@paintedtonguepress.com.