Workshop

Introduction to Solarplate Etching

Journey to the Unknown

May 03 - May 05 2019 Rhinebeck, NY
Explore the creatively expressive process of Solarplate printmaking with master printmaker Dan Welden.

Watch printmaker Dan Welden guide workshop participants to explore their creative process.

Join Dan Welden in this adventuresome exploration of Solarplate, a safer alternative high-quality printmaking process that uses sunlight and water instead of toxic chemicals.

This journey leads you to untouched parts of your artistic self and takes you through creativity in a unique way. It is designed to unleash tightness and expectations and bring spontaneity and fluidity.

While working with the unknown on an 8 x 10 surface, you have the potential of developing a series of related color impressions. Ideas and inspiration magically unfold through the experience. No printmaking experience is necessary.

More Information

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.

Please note: This workshop is not designed as an advanced class nor one for people expecting to create a ‘masterpiece’, but one which is offers experiential learning. This is not to exclude anyone with substantial experience wishing to work larger and perhaps more seriously on an independent project.

Solarplate Etching utilizes UV light and water instead of traditional grounds and acids and can yield many impressions. Its light-sensitized polymer printing surface accepts all kinds of drawings, paintings or photographic images on acetate, photocopies, and/or digital positives from transparent film. Artists can experience painting freely and directly on the Solarplate surface and alternatively, artists can work through traditional or digital approaches on transparent film or specially prepared ‘grained’ glass. With the solarplate (included in tuition), participants will be able to produce several 8x10 inch images during this intensive workshop.

No experience is necessary, however if you are beginning with the process, you may wish to do some prior investigation of the technique online. There are numerous YouTube videos that show and tell.

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • Printmaking in the Sun: An Artist’s Guide to Making Professional Quality Prints Using the Solarplate Method by Dan Welden and Pauline Muir if available at your local library (it is out of print and difficult to obtain)

Although the Solarplate process makes use of multiple ways and styles of working, including photography, drawing, painting, digital and mark making techniques, the process will revolve around YOU and not a particular assignment. Please bring your favorite instruments to work with. Time will not permit you to go to a facility to make transparencies.

Please note, each person will be supplied with one Solarplate, printing ink, a limited amount of paper, and other basic supplies.

Additional Solarplates ($10.50 each) and fine papers will be available for purchase in class through the instructor (cash only please); however participants may bring paper of their choice.

Things To Bring

  • Any drawing, painting materials, and tools including brushes, pens, markers, ink knives, sticks, straight edges and brayers
  • Stabilo 8046 pencils
  • Black India Ink
  • A portfolio or folder, large enough to transport work home
  • Participants utilizing photographic techniques are encouraged to bring transparent film positives up to 8X10 inches, with your own photographs to incorporate in your images.
  • Artists wishing to draw or paint may work on clear acetate or grained glass (provided). If you bring your own glass, please make it a little larger, approx. 9X11 inches, and have the edges polished. It should be at least 1/ 4 inch thick. And, if you wish to work larger than 8x10, you may order plates in advance for an additional fee via solarplate.com/shop or by contacting the Faculty at purchase@solarplate.com (please provide two weeks’ notice).

After reading the list of materials above, if you have any questions you wish to ask the Faculty directly, he may be reached via email at dan@solarplate.com.

Additional notes from the faculty:

  • Bring whatever preparation materials you wish to work with, especially if you like ‘planning’ on images.
  • You may wish to bring transparency film with images ready. Staples does a good job with them. If you do them yourself, do NOT bring Pictorico film (it is not compatible with the process). I shall have glass (grained) available and instruct you with that procedure.
  • I try to suggest to people to ‘bring their inspiration’ with them. These being ‘jump start’, words they are not essential, since you may find inspiration on your way to class, in the dining hall or on the treetops surrounding the pathway to class. I do stress the idea of making ART and avoiding the lovely sentimental puppy dogs, kittens and grandchildren.
  • You may have a number of works that you can create and know that the first Solarplate is included in the workshop. Additional 8X10 plates may be purchased at $10.50 each (cash only please). You may use the opportunity to stock up for the future. If you wish to work on larger sizes, please let me know well in advance and I’ll bring them with me. Keep in mind that larger plates may be exposed with the sun (weather providing).

Schedule

FRIDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
 
SATURDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
SUNDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop.

Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Meet the Teachers

  • Dan Welden is a master printmaker, painter, teacher, and author. He has been making prints and wo ...

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Introduction to Solarplate Etching

$275
regular
$305

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.

Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).

TYPE Rate - 2 Nights

Camping

1 pre-assigned campsite. Bathhouse nearby. Bring your own tent and all appropriate camping gear. Stoves, campfires, and recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus.

$ 246.00

Tent Cabin Double

Shared Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Register with a companion.

$ 292.00

Dorm Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Hall bath shared by 5-to-12 guests. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Pillow and blanket provided. You may rent sheets and towels for a small fee, or bring your own. Dorms are generally single gender, but may be coed.

$ 398.00

Tent Cabin Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Reserve as a private room.

$ 376.00

B Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 446.00

A Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 510.00

A Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 548.00

A Double Deluxe

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 604.00

A Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 702.00

B Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 436.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 628.00

The commuter fee includes the benefits of our unique All-Inclusive Stay, without the cost of accommodations. A list of Local Hotels and Inns is available.

1 Night/Per Person Rates

Friday or Saturday Sunday-Thursday 7-Night Stay
$ 55.00 $ 45.00 $ 40.00

Rhinebeck Campus

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.

Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

 

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