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Impresia is an introduction to monotype, a creative
printmaking process of great versatility whereby
a single art print is made with ink, paper, and pressure.
Monotype has gained widespread popularity among artists
due to its improvisational directness, the pleasure
of immediate results and the wide range of possibilities
of stylistic approaches suggested by the process-from
hard edged shape-making to velvety, painterly abstractions-and
even a seamless kind of collage.
To produce a monotype, the artist begins by painting
her image on a thin, non-absorbent metal or plastic
plate. Special dampened printmaking paper is placed
on the image, then both are passed through the heavy
roller of the etching press. The result is a faithful
reverse image transferred from plate to paper. The
marriage of ink and paper, unique to monotype, produces
surprising and magical effects quite different from
direct painting or drawing. Monotype is a wonderful
medium for both new and experienced artists seeking
a fresh avenue to creative expression.
During the safari, you'll have the opportunity to
create a number of monotype prints, both in color
and black and white, and most likely, you'll be
rewarded by your results, which will be good
enough to frame when you return home.
The spacious and well lit Artista Studio is equipped
with an etching press for monotype printmaking. All
necessary tools and materials will be provided at
no additional charge to guests.
The Impresia printmaking safari accommodates experienced
artists and beginners alike, so prior art experience
is not required. Learn the history and importance
of monotype printmaking before joining a hands-on
demonstration of materials, equipment, and basic
techniques. Impresia provides your materials,
tools, and all the essentials - fruits, chocolates,
and Chardonnay. For inspiration, walk to lunch in
the village or stroll the white sand beaches of
Throughout the day, enjoy creating your own artwork punctuated
by demonstrations and discussion about the medium. Attending
demostrations is not mandatory, so you're welcome
to continue working if you can't break away. Your
instructor is available in the studio between lessons,
offering personal consultations on technique, composition,
and color as you develop your own approach to monotype.
By day three you'll be comfortable with your
own style and techniques, so why not sit in on demonstrations
focused on preparing your work for hanging and shipping.
You'll be ready for your first exhibit when you return
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happy to answer any questions
you have about Artista, and will
keep you informed about upcoming
Our studio crew will assist you in packaging your
work for travel, and if you like, we'll be happy
to arrange shipping. Check-out time is at noon so
you've plenty of time to snap photos of your new
friends, exchange addresses, and take one last tour
down Ocean Avenue.
Along with your work, you'll depart
with a lifelong relationship with your creative self. Remember,
our goal is simple: to better the world, one Artista
at a time.
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photo credits: Top photos: Ronna Leon
Side photos: Jessica Wishard