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Akin Creative: Monotype Printmaking Workshop w/ Gabriel Deerman

  • Toronto School of Art, studio 21 980 Dufferin Street Toronto, ON, M6H 4B4 Canada (map)

Friday November 24 / 6:00-8:30pm / Toronto School of Art, 980 Dufferin St - studio 21
Limited seating - $35/person - all materials included
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Akin Projects and the Toronto School of Art are excited to bring back this popular hands-on workshop suitable for all experience levels. Monotype printing is a painterly and direct process of applying ink or paint to a plate (in this case plexi glass) and transferring that image to paper using an etching press or pin press - creating one of a kind prints.

In this workshop artist Gabriel Deerman will introduce you to monotype printing with watercolour paint. Each participant will have time to produce and print two plates, resulting in finished original works on paper.

The simplicity of the process, forgiving nature of the materials and immediate results make this technique very popular among painters and those who find printmaking to be too process intensive and finicky. While monotype is simple and direct the visual look of the prints and broad possibilities for experimental applications are limitless.

Provided materials:
Paper, watercolour paint, gum arabic, use of 8"x10" plexiglass plates and etching press. Each participant will have time to print at least 2 plates.

High quality Arches printmaking paper will be available for a small fee of $2 per 9"x11" sheet (store cost).

Participants are encouraged to bring watercolour paints and brushes, as well as printed/drawn images (8"x10") to use as source material (for tracing or reference) if they wish for their finished works. 

About the Instructor: 
Gabriel Deerman (1979, Bolinas, California, USA) has a practice that is largely grounded in painting, drawing and printmaking but recent forays into sculpture, kinetic devices and installation are leading steadily away from disciplinary categorization. Deerman completed an MFA at Transart Institute (New York / Berlin), a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a practicing and certified art instructor and has exhibited internationally. Gabriel was the owner/director of independent arts venues in Vancouver and Montreal and is co-founder of Salmon River Studios— an educational art studio, artist residency and cultural events space located on his farm in Tamworth, Ontario.

Toronto School of Art is located on the 2nd floor. We regret TSA is not currently wheelchair accessible. When you arrive at TSA’s entrance at the north side of the building, there are 7 steps into the building. Inside, there are 6 steps with a handrail leading to the flight of stairs to the 2nd floor. The flight of stairs is equipped with handrails and contains: 15 steps, a landing, 6 steps, a landing, 6 steps leading to the TSA hallway entrance. Total: 40 steps. Please note: there is no onsite parking but folks may be dropped off at the TSA entrance (vehicles may enter via gate off Dufferin St.).

Earlier Event: November 1
Katie Sadie in the Akin Vitrine Gallery
Later Event: November 25
Akin River Open House BINGO!