"Leaf" it to Nature Printing: New and Traditional Techniques - Gudrun Garkisch

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, June 13, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, June 13, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

This workshop teaches traditional as well as new techniques for directly transferring the intricate design of leaves, grasses, ferns, and grasses to paper and fabric. The traditional nature printing technique involves rolling ink or brushing paint on a natural object, placing it on a surface, and applying pressure with hands, feet, a rolling pin, or an etching press to transfer the image. New techniques are solar exposure facilitated by acrylic paint, and using jelly plates for nature monotypes. The techniques can be applied to scientific or imaginative illustrations, or used for decorative purposes. Using what you will learn in this class, you can illustrate a garden or travel log, your diary, children’s books, or poetry; print note cards; embellish your walls, clothing, or table and bed linens; or re-purpose stained cloth by printing over it. This workshop opens your eyes to a new world of wonders. A limited scholarship specifically for this workshop is available through the Robert Little Scholarship Fund. Gudrun Garkisch studied with Robert Little and continues in his tradition of teaching at Touchstone Center for Crafts, where he re-introduced the art of nature printing to America. Gudrun has been printing for 30 years and has participated in juried international exhibits and won statewide awards. She is a member of the international Nature Printing Society and the Pittsburgh Print Group, and has conducted classes for diverse civic centers and YWCAs, and workshops at the annual meeting of the Nature Printing Society. Gudrun was the 1996 Touchstone Artist of the Year.

About This Organizer

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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