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Intro to Letterpress and Letterpress Projects

Date: Sat. Sun, Mon, April 27, 28, 29
Instructors: Karin Spitfire

This three days are for you to play, utilize and create on the letterpress. The first day will be spent teaching and reviewing use of press, type setting, printing, and planning for projects to be tackled on day two and three.  Projects can include image making with the press, using linoleum block cuts and other materials, printing cards, poems, or poster in any combination. such as one or two color linoleum block prints.  Small book forms are also possible.  Each day printing will be  done by 3 so the press can be cleaned and studio organized for the next day.

Taught by Karin Spitfire who has been using the letterpress since 2008 to make cards, prints, and small editions of books. She attended Penland in 2007 and learned 7 ways to bind books, 7 ways to print on the letter press and all manner of print making.

Spitfire’s artist books include Libretto for Meena,  How it Works,  Habeas Corpus,  Becoming Visible, and A Firmamentous Day, and have been exhibited at the Harlow Gallery, Aarhus Gallery, and the Atrium Arts Gallery.  She incorporates all manner of print making and original poetry in her work.  Spitfire is the author of  a full poetry collections Standing with Trees, a chapbook Wild Caught,  former Poet Laureate of Belfast, and the recent winner of the national Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest.



  • 1 day: $150
  • 2 days: $250
  • 3 days: $300
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Painting and Prose

Date: Sat & Sun, April 6-7
Instructors: Ingrid Ellison

Description:  What if there were more to say about an image that couldn’t be expressed through paint alone? What if there were a way to expand the viewers experience of your work through language or prose? I am not talking about an artists statement or manifesto. I am talking about arranging words using similar processes that we do as painters; rearranging text, collaging with words and paring these with our painted pieces.

In this two day workshop we will examine the connection between imagery and language. Participants will create a small suite of paintings either working abstractly or representationally depending on their preference. We will explore a variety of writing prompts and simple word exercises to help generate language based related to our visual observations.  Participants will each create a small portfolio suitable for housing the pairings of paint and prose.  No experience necessary.

Workshop:  200-

Supply Fee:  10-

Brief Bio:  Ingrid Ellison is a painter and arts educator working in oil, mixed media and printmaking. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ingrid’s earliest memories of Maine were floating aboard a little sloop amidst the fog and rocks of the coastline during family vacations.  Since moving to Maine in 2007 Ingrid has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Åarhus Gallery, the University of Maine Bangor, the Cynthia Winings Gallery and AVA Gallery and Center for the Arts. 

Ingrid Ellison is a graduate of Skidmore College and earned her MFA from American University. As an undergraduate she spent a year studying printmaking at Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy. A consummate learner, Ingrid has participated in residencies and workshops notably at the Vermont Studio Center, Maine College of Art, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts.  Ingrid has a passion for sharing what she does with a greater community and makes connections with students both school aged and adult.


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