Artist/Master Printmaker Offers Workshop

Learn to make beautiful art using relief printmaking techniques Oct. 16 & 17, 2010, at Orange Beach Arts Center.

The Orange Beach Arts Center presents a full schedule of presentations, workshops and classes regarding a wide variety of artistic skills. October 16 & 17, 2010, brings a unique opportunity to participate in an art form that actually began in the 6th century!

Printmaking began with relief printing. Wooden blocks were carved and inked by Koreans and Egyptians, then pressed on textiles to create designs. In the 9th century, the Chinese began pressing the blocks onto paper, and the first dated, printed book came on the scene. Printing remained a completely manual, time-consuming process until the Guttenberg Press of the mid-1400s allowed some automation and easier mass production, first using wooden blocks and then metal moveable type.

Relief printing is still used today as an art form, and master printmaker John McCaskill is eager to share his skills with anyone who wishes to enjoy a hands-on experience of carving, inking and creating your own masterpieces using wooden and linoleum blocks. He will also teach you how to use everyday items to create other relief printing effects.

Enjoy a free slide-show presentation and potluck dinner with master printmaker John McCaskill on Friday, October 15.

Whether you attend the workshop or not (and we hope you do!), everyone is encouraged to enjoy a free slide-show presentation and potluck dinner on Friday evening, October 15, from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m.

The workshop is Saturday, October 16, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., then continues Sunday, October 17, from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. The fee is $140, and enrollment is limited, so hurry to register for your opportunity to learn the techniques of carving and inking your way to artistic bliss! Call Orange Beach Arts Center today at 251-981-2787 for all the details.

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