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Gel Plates And More!

July 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm



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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Wednesdays, July 12 and 19, 11am-2pm

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About this Workshop:

Love mixed media? This class offers the perfect way to expand your repertoire by creating an array of one-off prints using acrylic paints and inks on gel plates and exploring other monoprinting techniques that do not require plates. The resulting prints can be stand-alone artworks and/or modified with paint, pastels, markers and pencils, or become material for collage. 

Topics included: Gel plates and how make and use them; Gel printing techniques; Other types of printing plates and techniques for use; Acrylics and other printing media; Paper, materials and equipment for making monoprints; Approaches to designing prints with a theme or motif; How to modify and use prints in mixed media work

Level: All levels welcome – no experience necessary

Registration closes July 3, 2023 and includes a fee for a materials kit that includes assorted printmaking and found papers; assortment of texturing materials; magazine pictures for making image transfers; a piece of mat board for collaging. Students will need to gather/purchase additional supplies for class. The full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items will be sent with your registration confirmation email.

Sample images by Sharon Robinson


Registration included a $10 materials fee to cover the kit provided in class. Students will also need to gather/purchase the following additional items:



Sharon Robinson is a mixed media artist specializing in abstract collage and assemblage and currently resides in the Washington, DC area. Raised in New Jersey, she earned a master’s degree in urban design and community development from MIT, and worked in the and urban transit and planning field for over 20 years in Los Angeles and Portland, OR. Since 1999 she has been a full-time artist, muralist, teacher, and arts program contractor. As an artist she exhibits in the DC region, as well as other east and west coast cities. Sharon teaches mixed media and collage classes in the Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts Program, The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and Montpelier Art Center in Maryland. She also provides administrative support for public art projects conducted by the Prince George’s County Arts & Cultural Heritage Division. Her community activities include serving on the national Board of Directors of SCRAP, a network of non-profit creative re-use centers; participating as a review panelist for DC Arts Commission and Maryland State Arts Council grants, and as an appointee to the Arts Commission of the City of Mt. Rainier, Maryland. Learn more about her work at www.therobinsonstudio.com.

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