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Beginning Gel Plate Printing

January 22 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Date: Mondays, January 22nd – February 12th
 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Kelly Autumn
Location: Room 208, Printmaking Studio
Adults, 16+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
 $90 / $160 / $210
Materials Fee: $30

About the class

Gel printing is one of the most popular trends in printmaking! Explore this hands-on, playful monotype method that will encourage your creativity to flow and flourish. This reusable, silicone printing plate can be used anywhere there is a flat surface to work on. Learn to make one-of-a-kind prints without the use of a mechanical printing press!

We’ve expanded her one-day introduction workshop and extended it to four consecutive Monday evening sessions. These fun, short format classes will be paced and teach you how to layer water soluble acrylics using a variety of techniques and tools to create vibrant abstract works on paper. Students will build on their skills each week and experiment with textures and basic masking techniques using repurposed fiber, plants, stencils, discarded packaging materials and more! You will leave this workshop having produced a variety of prints that stand alone or can be developed further with mixed media. This is great for beginners new to art-making or even more experienced artists who are interested in learning a new hands-on technique. Come and experience the joy of gel printing!

All materials will be provided. No prior printmaking experience is necessary.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Kelly Autumn

Instructor / Printmaker

Kelly Autumn is a Northern California multidisciplinary artist. Kelly received her BA from San Francisco State University and her AA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking from Diablo Valley College. Since 2020, Kelly has been an Artist in Residence with the Sonoma Community Center and currently works as an instructor and creative coordinator within the Youth Arts and Print studio programs at the Center. Kelly is an exhibiting artist throughout the Bay Area and serves on the Board of Directors of the California Society of Printmakers. She enjoys sharing her love of print with folks of all ages.

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