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Intention and Surprise: Viscosity with Akua Inks

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm



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Intention and Surprise: Viscosity with Akua Inks, May 2024 Registration
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A 2-Day Intensive Workshop
with Visiting Artist Catherine Kernan!

Saturday-Sunday, May 18 and 19, 10:30am–5:30pm

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About this Workshop:

Modifying and controlling the viscosities of inks yields results that cannot be achieved any other way. The interaction of inks is fundamental and allows the development of multi-color prints from a single run through the press, and naturally leads to sequences of related images. Rather than layer colors on separate plates, the inks are layered with varying viscosities that either attract or repel each other.

This two-day intensive workshop will introduce and deepen your understanding of how to mix, modify, and to use Akua inks to their full potential for viscosity work. The small size of the workshop will allow for focused individual attention.

Level: IntermediateSome experience with basic printmaking (relief, intaglio, monotype/monoprint) is required. 

Registration extended to May 4, 2024. Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students will need to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Sample images by Catherine Kernan


Registration includes a $60 materials fee to cover all of the necessary materials provided in class, including Akua inks and mediums, rice paper, and newsprint. Students will need to gather additional materials of their own, including:

  • Personal set of graphite pencils and an eraser
  • 1-2 Sharpie markers
  • 1 package of baby wipes
  • A variety of stencils you’d like to work with
  • 1 roll of masking tape
  • 1 piece of matboard, 12” x 14” in size
  • (optional) Personal apron (we’ll have extras) or wear clothes that can get messy
  • Personal relief blocks already cut (wood or linoleum or other)—any you have will be very useful, but not absolutely necessary


Catherine Kernan is a printmaker, painter and author. She is co-founder, and partner of Mixit Print Studio, a professional open rental printmaking studio in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, and co-author of, Singular & Serial: Contemporary Monotype and Monoprint. She is also currently Director of Maud Morgan Arts, an art center in Cambridge. Kernan is represented by Soprafina Gallery in Boston. She is in demand to teach printmaking with soy-based materials and a wide range of techniques. Her teaching credits include: Anderson Ranch, MassArt / Art New England, MakingArtSafely, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Wellesley College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Mass College of Art, and Pine Manor College. Her residencies include the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland; Anderson Ranch; MacDowell Colony; Scuola de Grafika Internazionale, Venice, Italy; and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Kernan’s work is in the collections of, among others, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Boston Public Library, Grunewald Collection, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Detroit Institute of Art, and the Fogg Art Museum. Learn more about her work at catherinekernan.com.

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