2023 Alexia Rosoff Weber 2-Day Workshop
Pastel Over Monotype
Explore a new way to start your pastel paintings! Starting your work the same way every time is comfortable and can give you confidence in a good outcome, but...
...it can also lead to boredom and get you stuck in predictability. Shake up your routine with a dive into monotype printmaking! In this in-person two day workshop, Alexia will share printmaking tools and methods that are accessible to everyone (no etching press needed!), and we’ll explore how monotypes can be used as the starting point for dynamic, painterly pastel paintings—full of unique textures and surprises.
Day 1 will include an overview of printmaking and introduction to tools and materials. You’ll have time to explore the magic of creating a unique print through several different techniques.
Day 2 will be dedicated to integrating pastel into the first day’s (now dry) prints, including exploring some ways to get good adhesion of the pastel.
Dates: June 10 and 11, 2023 (Saturday and Sunday)
Hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Held in-person at: Alexia Rosoff’s studio/barn, 6 Lawrence St, Pepperell MA
PSNH Members $220 until June 1st, 2023
After June 1st, all registrants $240
All payments are via Paypal in the PSNH Shop
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 participants for this workshop.
The workshop will be held at Alexia’s home studio on her farm in Pepperell, Mass. Weather permitting, we may do some work outdoors, where there are views of the horses, pastures and gardens to paint. Bring your lunch for a picnic on the patio!
What to bring:
plain white or cream drawing paper pad, 18”x24”
Found objects with low relief, up to 1/4’ thick (like leaves, feathers, textiles, etc.) mat board or illustration board
scraps cotton swabs cotton rags or paper towels, baby wipes
Pan Pastels and applicators if you have them
a few paintbrushes pastels of your choice
Diane Townsend dry ground if you have some
a kitchen spoon: wooden or stainless steel
a sheet of glassine
apron (this can get messy!)
*Please make sure that your personal tools and equipment are labeled with your name or initials—there will be a lot of stuff floating around! I also recommend bringing an empty portfolio or folder to hold the work that you’ll want to take home at the end! I will provide: printmaking plates Akua ink release agent brayers and barens monotype press mark making tools I will have printmaking paper available to purchase ($5-$10/sheet depending on size and weight); if you’d like to bring your own I recommend Rives BFK 115 gsm or Stonehenge lightweight printmaking paper. I would like to request that all participants be fully vaccinated. Thank you
Cancellation Policy: Full refund if your slot can be filled from the wait list. If no replacement is found, on or within 30 days to the workshop, fees will be half refunded. In the event an attendee has a documented medical emergency within 30 days before the workshop, the fee, less the $25.00 service charge will be applied towards a future PSNH workshop. Should the workshop presenter or PSNH cancel, a full refund will be provided to attendees.
Alexia Rosoff Weber
Art and life are learning curves. My goal is to keep learning to see, communicate, describe, motivate, challenge, touch and express, throughout my lifetime. I hope that my art changes over the years, as I change and grow, and that I never stop learning new things. As an instructor, I believe that learning to observe and draw the world around us teaches us to be still and trains us in sustained attention and creative problem solving. The study of art connects us to all of the artists, scientists and humanists who have laid the foundations of the modern lives we live.
Like many artists, I started out drawing and doing crafts as a kid. I became involved with theater tech crews in high school and college, which led to doing set design and scene painting for summer stock theater. I studied art history and studio art at Williams College in Massachusetts, where the curriculum emphasized learning to see and describe art thoroughly and carefully, along with academic drawing and painting foundation skills. I studied communication design and digital drawing and printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art, and digital filmmaking with the New York Film Academy. I then earned my Masters in Visual Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston, and have worked on numerous shorts and feature length narrative and documentary films. I have been teaching drawing and painting since 2009; I currently teach through NOA Gallery and School of Fine Art in Groton, MA, and from my own studio. I teach portfolio development for college applicants through Arts2You in the Greater Boston area; my advisees have gone on to art institutions such as RISD, Tufts SMFA, SCAD, SVA, SAIC, Istituto Marangoni and others. I am the Artist in Residence at Newbury Court Independent Living Community in Concord, MA, where I teach drawing, painting and art history, and curate art shows. I was honored to participate in the Sense of Place Project in 2020-21, along with 24 other local artists who explored the meaning of home and environment during the intense period of Coronavirus isolation. I am a frequent guest instructor at The Winsor School in Boston, teaching workshops on color theory and monotype printmaking. I serve on the board of the Central Mass Pastel Society. My art is represented by NOA Gallery www.noagallery.com.
ASSOCIATIONS, AWARDS AND SHOWS
Central Mass Pastel Society
Connecticut Pastel Society
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
Monotype Guild of New England
Degas Society Award, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, 2021
Solo exhibition at Indian Hill Music, November 2019 to March 2020 Honorable Mention, Purely Pastel 2020, Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel, Connecticut Pastel Society, 2019
For Pastels Only 2017, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
For Pastels Only 2016, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
Award of Excellence, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, 2015 Honorable Mention, Parish Center for the Arts, 2014
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