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I've been blessed with the opportunity to attend the International Encaustic Conference for the past two years, in Provincetown, MA. This conference was founded 6 years ago by Joanne Mattera, painter and author of the landmark book,The Art of Encaustic Painting. The Conference is also co-produced with Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill since last year, and its executive director, Cherie Mittenthal, also a painter.

Attending such a wonderful and enriching event, not only broadens my knowledge in the arts, in techniques and as a profession, but also opens doors to new opportunities, as you get to meet people working in the same field from all over the world!!!

This whole experience got me thinking. I'm fortunate to have a nice studio space, why not pay back to my community by inviting well-known professional artists from all over to give workshops in it?  They can bring new and exciting ideas and share their techniques for artists around here to learn and take in. Good idea right? So I started a series of Visiting Artist workshops here at my studio, and last April, artist Michelle Belto came all the way from San Antonio, Texas and taught her WAX + PAPER wonderful workshop (Here's a link to her upcoming BOOK.) We had people from Canada, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, as well as from CT in the workshop. It was just fabulous!(c) Dorothy Cochran - Solarplate Etching

So, continuing with this Visiting Artist series, I have invited New Jersey's artist Dorothy Cochran, "a well known East Coast printmaker, acknowledged for her expertise and broad command of multiple print methods." She'll be teaching SOLARPLATE ETCHING, a non-toxic printmaking method that uses the sun to imprint your plates. Sounds amazing right?

Specifics: Experience printmaking in a contemporary non-toxic environment using solarplates and Akua waterbase inks. Create your etching plates from personal photographs, drawings, collages, or working directly on the plate.  Learn exposure techniques with UV light sources to achieve beautiful editionable, archival prints on rag papers.  The process is simple, acid free and uses a water washout of etched areas with fast curing of the plate surface.  The plates can be printed with intaglio or relief methods.  Useful techniques of chine colle, stencils and multiple plate printing will be discussed.

This technique is a wonderful process for painters, mixed-media, and photo-based artists... to create fine art limited edition prints and installations.

Added Bonus!! Not only this workshop will be closer to you but you will also be the firsts to try our brand new Conrad Etching Press!! Yeay!!

The workshop will take place at my CT studio, Saturday, September 29th, and Sunday, September 30th - 10:00 to 4:00 each day.

To sign up email me at CorinaStudioGallery[at], you can pay for the workshop using the PayPal link HERE.

Looking forward to have you enjoying and learning at my studio soon!!

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops from visiting artists. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to learn from excellent artists/instructors from out of State, right here, close to you!

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