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Class: Introduction to Lithography

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Learn the basics of stone lithography from Charles Criner, the Museum’s Artist in Residence. In addition to learning the history of lithography, students will learn how to process a stone through graining the stone, applying an image, and then etching the stone. Students will print on the Museum’s 1830s starwheel lithography press, and then learn […]

Instructor: Charles Criner

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Charles Criner

Charles Criner is the Artist in Residence at The Printing Museum. Charles is the kind of artist that likes to “exhaust” the medium. He “pulls” his prints in black and white, then in color, and on top of that he sometimes adds acrylic over the print to produce original paintings on paper. He, however, is also parsimonious, or rather, enjoys the limitations of using only three colors and no more to make his prints. Furthermore, he is the kind of artist / craftsman who prizes the concrete relationship between himself and his work. Criner always pulls prints himself, never letting other professional printers do this for him.

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Class: Repurposed Books

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This workshop presents ways to re-use “good” books gone “bad!” These projects are designed to show off our love of books and make use (or re-use) of their shape and format. Learn to use thrift shop books to create a variety of unique decorative and useful conversation pieces. Projects include: a Classic Book-into-Portfolio case; a […]

Instructor: Lee Steiner

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Lee Steiner

Lee Steiner has been teaching herself and others hand papermaking and the book arts for more than a dozen years and has maintained her own art business and studio for eons.

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Class: Letterpress Studio Practices

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This class will engage students with a hands-on approach to learning proper printshop practices in the museum’s letterpress studio. Students will be taught proper care for type, tools, and presses, as well as their proper use. Moreover, the class will pull prints from various presses in the studio, while other presses will be demonstrated by […]

Instructor: Steve Sylvester

Class: Valentine Hand Papermaking

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Papermaking is an engaging and physical process that you can do right in your own home or workspace. Learn the basic elements of this ancient art as the instructor leads the class through the process of preparing the vat of pulp, pulling a sheet with a mould and deckle, couching the sheet, then pressing the […]

Instructor: Kathy Gurwell

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Kathy Gurwell

Kathy Gurwell has years experience in the fields of paper and printing, beginning with her graphic arts study in Paris and continuing as a Curator Fellow at Tamarind Lithography Institute in Albuquerque, NM and most recently at the Museo della Carta in Fabriano, Italy. She has demonstrated papermaking in San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Houston, where she now lives. Her artistry in this field was recognized a few years ago when Lord & Taylor invited her to display and sell her products at a show of Santa Fe artists in their principal New York City store. More recently she was commissioned to make a 40 x 40 in. piece of paper for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

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Class: Valentine Pop-Up Cards

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Learn paper engineering! Create Valentine themed pop-up cards, while learning basic techniques, terms, and a foundation for creative exploration. Each student will make three cards using mechanisms including pivot, generation, spring & more. Cost:  $55 (includes materials) Dates: Tuesday February 2nd 2016; 6:00pm – 9:00pm Please note that Museum Members receive 10% off the price of tuition. […]

Instructor: Janet Reynolds

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Janet Reynolds

Janet Reynolds is an artist/teacher.  She currently teaches art in Pasadena ISD to 5th and 6th grade students.  She is a book artist and enjoys learning new ways to make accordion books, hand stitched books, and experimenting with other forms of sculptural bookmaking.  She has exhibited her work in the US and Mexico.  Janet earned her BFA from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH and her MA in Art Education from Boston University. She is a member of the Houston Book Arts Guild, the Guild of Book Workers, and the Miniature Book Society.

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