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Jeff Hirst - Alternative Approaches to Mixed Media PrintmakingThis 5-day intensive workshop will explore printmaking with an experimental approach and encourage intuitive thinking and play. Participants will create imagery using both traditional and encaustic collagraph processes, chine colle, photography, found print surfaces, mark-making, and hand work while using the press as a drawing tool. The class begins with an investigation of encaustic collagraphs and builds each day adding a new or alternative process to the whole of image making. Multi-plate images will be demonstrated. Students will be encouraged to print using a variety of plates - from plexiglass to reused wood. We will use non-toxic water-based and digital inks in addition to various drawing media. The emphasis of the class is image making and each participant will receive feedback and guidance in creating their personal vision. This workshop includes group demonstrations and individual consultations and instruction.
Jeffrey Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States since the early 1990’s. His work has been showcased at national and international venues including the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Holter Museum, Helena, Montana; McLean Project for the Art, McLean, VA; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL; McKinney Contemporary, Dallas, TX and Palazzo Dell’ Annunziata, Matera, Italy.
He has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States conducting encaustic and printmaking workshops and has taught encaustic classes at Grand Maris Art Colony in MN, The Encaustic Center in TX, LaGrange Art League in IL, and The 6th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. Hirst also is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a Printmaking shop specializing in Intaglio, Screenprinting, and Experimental Approaches towards combining printmaking and encaustic.
Hirst received his MFA from Louisiana State University and BFA from the University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of a 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board grant and his work is in numerous public and private collections including Arcstone Technologies, Grant Thornton International, Great River Energy, Southern Graphics Council, and SAP America.
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