From linoleum block printing to making a living as an artist, PaperWorkers offers workshops relating to every aspect of being an artist and to a variety of media.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS


Suminagashi Marbling & Paste Paper

In this workshop, students will transform plain paper into decorative sheets using marbling and paste paper techniques. Suminagashi is a Japanese technique for marbling paper using water-based inks, resulting in free-flowing swirls of pigment. Students will also learn how to make paste paper, a technique using pigmented wheat paste that results in more controlled designs. Both paste paper and marbling have been used historically for end sheets and covers of books and for a variety of artistic applications, including printmaking and collage. No experience is required for this beginner-level workshop.

About the instructor: Jillian Sico is a papermaker, printmaker, and bookbinder who makes artist books under the imprint Frogsong Press. She received an MA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2013 and an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama (UA) in 2020. She currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she teaches courses in book arts, printmaking, and interdisciplinary arts.

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022. 10am-4pm. $85. Students bring paper.

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Portraits: From Drawing to Drypoint

In this workshop, you will learn how to turn charcoal portrait drawings into editioned drypoint etching prints. This workshop will be led by Whitson Ramsey. Ramsey, a Mississippi native, is a figurative artist currently living in Birmingham working with painting, drawing, and printmaking techniques. His work focuses on the idea of memories by translating candid, sentimental photographs into large-scale paintings. He received his BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and has also studied at the New York Studio School. Ramsey also works as a teaching artist in the Birmingham City Schools district as well as at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Sat & Sun Feb 5-6, 2022. 10am-4pm. $150. Students bring paper.

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Bookbinding for Printmakers

The arts of printmaking and bookbinding have long overlapped, from the printed books of Japan, China, and Korea to letterpress and intaglio books in the West. In this two-day workshop, students will learn 4-5 book structures that they can use to display and transform their prints, including one-page books, accordions, stab binding, and drum leaf. Students will have the option to focus intensively on 1-2 structures or try all of them, receiving handouts for each type of book. This class is suitable for all levels, but prior experience with details-oriented crafts or bookmaking is helpful.

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

About the Instructor: Jillian Sico is a papermaker, printmaker, and bookbinder who makes artist books under the imprint Frogsong Press. She received an MA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2013 and an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama (UA) in 2020. She currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she teaches courses in book arts, printmaking, and interdisciplinary arts.

Sat & Sun February 19-20, 2022. 10am-4pm. $150. 

Artefacts of natural dye

Workshop participants will experiment widely with a selection of wet media and other historic and innovative approaches to developing works on paper & using mixed media.  Participants are first guided in creating innovative works by learning to combine familiar techniques with new approaches and conventional media with unusual formats and surfaces. 

Printed marks and images aren’t just things – they are experiences – how can we create a correspondence that is complex and fulfilling for the viewer?  What is collage – if I obscure or layer things – does that make the viewer want to see them more? Fixed image – Fluid Image – in the workshop we will explore layering, collage, folding and printing processes.

About the Instructors: Doug Baulos is the Professor of Drawing and Bookmaking at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His drawings, installations, and books have been exhibited/published both nationally and internationally. His current works are explorations (visual) and meditations (poetry) centering on his ideas of spirituality, love, death, shelter, and hope.

Kole Nichols is a multi-disciplinary artist from Florence, Alabama. In 2020 Kole received their BFA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is currently pursuing their MFA at the University of Alabama where they serve as a graduate teacher.


Saturday, March 5, 2022. 10am-4pm. $85. 

*3 spots left*