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Workshops & Residencies

Mixit offers various workshops throughout the year as well as tutorial sessions for one to three people.

Tutorials are handled on a request basis and are designed to meet individual and specific needs.

In the summer months we offer residencies for artists who want a sequence of days to focus on a particular project, or just to experiment.

2018 Spring / Summer Workshops:

  • March 10-11: Take the Plunge: Printmaking with Soy-based Inks, with Catherine Kernan FULL!
    Location: Mixit Print Studio, Somerville MA
    Cost: $325
    Hours: 9 am – 4 pm
    Through an intensive exploration of Akua Intaglio inks and ink modifiers become familiar with the context, information, and inspiration to create richly layered monotypes and monoprints in series and variations using soy-based, water-miscible Akua inks. This workshop will cover many approaches to monotype, both traditional and experimental, including: trace transfer, reductive and additive, and viscosity rolls. No toxic fumes and extended workability of the inks make it a liberating experience.
  • March 24-25: Bending the Rules: Unorthodox Monotype and Monoprint, with Catherine Kernan FULL!
    Location: Mixit Print Studio, Somerville MA
    Cost: $325
    Hours: 9 am – 4 pm
    Intended as a sequel to the previous weekend workshop, deepen and broaden your expectations by pushing the limits of monotype and monoprint using Akua Intaglio inks. A matrix is only the first step in exploiting opportunities for "controlled accidents" and "calculated spontaneity". Learn to place contiguous colors with viscosity rolls, interrupt one layer with another to achieve the intersection of two, or more layers. The long drying time of soy-based inks allows unorthodox moves, and yields many surprises. Relief blocks lend themselves particularly to transfer processes, but the workshop will encompass direct work as well as plates or blocks made in the past.
  • July 9-13: Exquisite Etching: Primer and Refresher, with Randy Garber
    Location: Mixit Print Studio, Somerville MA
    Cost: $550
    Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
    Working the surface of metal has a long tradition, but of all metals, copper is the most enchanting. It has been used to produce prints of luscious tonality for atmosphere and forceful line for biting social commentary. After centuries, it remains unequaled for sheer sensuality. The action of an etchant on metal transports any image to another dimension of strength.
    This workshop will immerse you in the marvelous world of linear drawings and tonal images on metal. You’ll learn how to draw directly on copper and make matrices using various grounds including hard, soft and white grounds. We’ll explore various effects you can achieve with aquatint such as spit bite, stage biting and sugar lift. The reward comes when wiping, printing, and signing your amazing prints. And, you will have durable matrices you can use and combine for future prints.
  • July 16-20: Take the Plunge: Printmaking with Soy-based Inks, with Catherine Kernan
    Location: Mixit Print Studio, Somerville MA
    Cost: $550
    Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
    An intensive exploration of Akua inks and ink modifiers, become familiar with the context, information, and inspiration to create richly layered monotypes and monoprints in series and variations using soy-based, water-miscible Akua inks. This workshop will cover many approaches to monotype, both traditional and experimental, including: trace transfer, reductive and additive, and viscosity rolls. No toxic fumes and extended workability of the inks make it a liberating experience. If you have experience with soy based inks, come extend you knowledge and take on more complex projects with experienced guidance.
  • July 23-27: Glow With The Flow: Luminosity and Layering Watercolor and Watercolor Monotype, with Jane Goldman
    Location: Mixit Print Studio, Somerville MA
    Cost: $550
    Hours: 10 am – 4 pm + studio time when class ends
    Do you love the translucence and flowing marks of watercolor, the surprises and freshness of seeing your painting on plexi transform through the alchemy of working with a press? Explore these aspects of this medium and more as you print with watercolor on Plexiglas for an exciting combination of luminosity and complex color layering.
    We will review elements of working with watercolor, make "one-pass" through the press prints, ghost prints and multi-layered images. While the focus of this workshop is monotype, you can bring your previously created matrices (woodcuts, linocuts, etchings) to combine with watercolor layers. Alternatively, you can concentrate on watercolor at any level, with customized exercises and assignments for this immersive week of painting.


Summer Residencies: July and August 2018

What You Get:

  • Use of studio for five consecutive days
  • Ten hours of assistance to be arranged as needed
  • Additional assistance available by arrangement
  • Technical consultation with the Mixit partner who can best serve your needs
  • Basic printmaking materials not including printing papers or plates. (Available for purchase.)
  • Storage for materials
  • Pre-residency consultation to help you prepare

Cost:

  • $600 for 5 consecutive days
  • 24-hour access

Application deadline: April 15, 2018

Notification: May 15, 2018

To apply: Send your full contact information, the following information, and jpegs in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. Do you have printmaking experience? If so, please describe briefly.
  2. Please describe briefly the project(s) you anticipate doing during your residency.
  3. Dates you wish to work at Mixit Print Studio. Please give 1st and 2nd choice.
  4. What assistance do you anticipate needing?
  5. Please include 7-10 jpegs (72 dpi) that best represent your work with your application.