Limited to six attendees. This is a one on one workshop for six which is designed to become a seven on one workshop. Your work is at the forefront of this workshop. The idea is to slow it down and to concentrate and contemplate the making of a print. We'll work in monotone.
When you hear a printmaker say that they worked on a print for several weeks, have you ever considered what they possibly did in all that time? What would you do in that time? What if you had an opportunity to work on a single image for four days with the idea of learning the processes that go into making a Master Print.
Jon Cone has worked side by side with some of the most influential artists and photographers of our generation and the generation before ours. He's been at it a long time and has had the opportunity to work with masters who have since passed, and works with masters who are still influencing others today. Making a master print is a luxury afforded by those who are showing in major museums. But, it is actually a process by which any printmaker can carry their work forward.
There is the taking of a photograph that many prefer to describe as the making of a photograph, something much more than casual process. Carrying this notion of "making a photograph" to printmaking - allows us to begin with a bit of clean slate (the sheet of unprinted paper.) The paper is a carrier for new ideas. The experience of making a print is both subject to the photograph that is being printed, but it is also subject to a new range of possibilities that can further imbue meaning and substance to the work. Most importantly, does the print add or take away, does it attract or distract?
So how does a one-on-one workshop become a six on one workshop? That's when your work becomes critically noticed and commented on by everyone else. If that feels like a huge step to take for you - then this workshop is also for you. We'll be concentrating on aesthetics, feeling, listening with our eyes, being critical on ourselves and each other. Contemplation and verbalization; consideration and action. Our goal is to make a print the best it can be. Naturally, we will be working in scale to make prints that are larger than what we usually do in our workshop. You may proof on smaller printers, but we'll be anxious to see the work larger where it can breath and attract more of our attention.
So what kind of experience do you need? You need to be able to make adjustments in Photoshop or Lightroom. This is not a beginners workshop. This is a workshop where you need to be able to work Photoshop or Lightroom tools that make the adjustments and edit that we will be imagining. Surely there is opportunity to learn new imaging techniques, but you should have the experience to be able to adopt new techniques. (email Jon if you wonder if this workshop is appropriate for you.)
Attendees must bring a laptop, but we provide professional grade large screen reference calibrator displays by Eizo and NEC. There is plenty of free print time, tons of one on one, and even time at the end for critiques. You should bring a series of images you wish to work with - although we will probably only work with one or two of them. Don't be surprised if part of the workshop is finding which one or two to carry forward.
All of the materials and fine art papers are included in the workshop costs. If you happen to have a portfolio, bring it with you. We would love to see and share.
Location and Hours:
The studio is located at 17 Powder Spring Road, Topsham, Vermont 05076. It is registered with Google Maps and you can trust Google directions to our studio. The studio is open to students, and instruction is provided from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Your instructor sets time for demonstrations, lunch, critiques and clean up. On Wednesday we try to have a paella party in the Summer when weather permits. In the Fall we try to do something similar. But, we do keep the studio open later on Wednesdays. We also encourage sharing your work on Wednesday early evening. So plan for staying a bit later on Wednesday to share, eat, or get a bit more printing done!
Our nearest airport (75 minutes) is Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, VT. Other airports are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) (130 minutes) and Boston-Logan (180 minutes). There are car rentals as well as private taxis and shuttles between the airport in Burlington, VT and East Topsham.
The amount of lodging near us is very limited. You must make reservations early if you want to be within walking distance of our studio. There is a small B&B with friendly owners and excellent breakfast and 5 minute walk: http://www.vermontbackintime.info/
East Topsham is where we are and a 4 room Bed & Breakfast is within walking distance (1 minute drive)
Back in Time Bed & Breakfast
Fairlee, VT is the Lake Morey Resort: www.lakemoreyresort.com (25 minute drive)
Newbury, VT quaint historic village (30 minute drive):
Gibson House Bed & Breakfast
Barre, VT old granite town a little past its prime (25 minutes drive):
Millstone Inn (heart of the old Websterville granite quarries)
Firehouse Inn (literally the old downtown Barre Firehouse but now with a restaurant and rooms)
Maplecroft Bed & Breakfast
Woodsville, NH a little
Norwich, VT quaint historic village (40 minutes drive) Norwich Inn (with its own brewery)
Montpelier, VT is our State Capital but a tiny historical town with tons restaurants (45 minutes drive):
Betsy's Bed and Breakfast
The Inn at Montpelier
Capital Plaza Hotel
Hanover, NH where Dartmouth College is (45 minutes drive):
Hannover Inn (upscale and fine dining)
Six South Hotel
We provide a tasty and healthy lunch each day according to the questionairre you are asked to fill out prior to your arrival. Coffee, espresso, and tea are all very important to us and is always available fresh. We have a refrigerator in case you need to bring things you would rather not be without.
Stella's Italian Restaurant
The Lime Inn
Lantham House Tavern
Beau Butchery + Bar
Three Penny Taproom
Peyton's Place Restaurant