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Gel Plates And More!, May 2022

May 29, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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A 2-Day Online Workshop!

Sundays, May 29 and June 5, 2-5pm ET via Zoom

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 extended through May 22, 2022 . With your registration confirmation you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any initial handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page “how-to” guide to using the Zoom video app.

Sample images by Sharon Robinson


Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.

  • Instructor’s Class Kit (purchased direct from the instructor, $10) which includes:  assorted printmaking and found papers; assortment of texturing materials; magazine pictures for making image transfers; a piece of mat board for collaging.
  •  8”x10”, 9”x12” or larger piece of recycled glass or plexiglass (repurpose from a picture frame)
  • Purchased or homemade gel plate, 6”x 6” or larger
  • 4” soft rubber brayer 
  • Assortment of colors of inexpensive acrylic paints (tube, bottle or jar – e.g. Liquitex Basics, Artist Loft, Amsterdam, DecoArts or other brand), including black and white
  • 2-3 sizes of acrylic brushes ½” or larger
  • Scissors
  • Optional: stencils, stamps, or other materials that can be used to make patterns; found papers such as sheet music, clothing patterns, book pages, maps, etc.


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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