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Block Printing Workshop with Mary Rhinelander

Wednesday, July 29

11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Members Events, Workshop (Adults)

Meets on Wednesdays: July 29, August 5, August 12

Join artist Mary Rhinelander for this three-part online workshop. Create a linoleum block print influenced by the inspirational work of the Folly Cove Designers—sketch, carve linoleum blocks and print an original work. This free workshop is reserved for CAM Members. Space is limited; registration required.

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July 29 — Class #1
Discuss the Folly Cove Designers and the work of artist and workshop lead Mary Rhinelander; overview of safety in block printing and appropriate use of carving blades; view pre-recorded carving demonstration through screen share and practice carving with all the different carving blades on your practice block; troubleshoot and ask any questions you may have. Homework: Create thumbnail sketches of your proposed design for an 8" x 10" block. Upload scans or images of your thumbnails to a shared drive for class critique.

August 5 — Class #2
Break into groups to critique thumbnails; meet with Mary to discuss your design and help peers in workshop select theirs. Once final designs are selected, watch a pre-recorded demonstration on how to transfer the design to your block. Homework: Carve your block, making "gravestone rubbing" proofs along the way to assess progress and appearance. Source fun and unique papers in your home to use in next class.

August 12 — Class #3
Come to final class completely prepared to print with a fully carved block. Have a variety of papers set up, including paper from supply list and found papers from your home. Watch a pre-recorded demonstration of printing a block through screenshare, then print together as a class; troubleshoot and ask questions if needed. Learn how to properly number an edition, title your work and sign.

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Mary Rhinelander is a professional artist with an MFA in printmaking. Gloucester is in her DNA, starting with great grandparents who spent summers on Eastern Point. She lives in East Gloucester, in a yellow clapboard house once known as “The Summer Art House” where the painter, Theresa Bernstein, and her painter/printmaker husband, William Meyerowitz, spent many decades (starting in 1924). Having purchased her home directly from their estate, William’s etching press is still happily living in the sun-filled basement studio. Mary has had many solo and group shows and her work is in both public and private collections. She has painted murals, designed logos and book covers, illustrated for a variety of publications, and taught students of all ages. In 2004 she founded a fine art card business, Mermade Press. With a deep affinity for the Folly Cove Designers and Virginia Lee Burton in particular, it has been Mary’s great pleasure to bring block printing workshops into Cape Ann’s public schools with the support of CAM and the Gloucester Education Foundation.

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