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Monoprinting using Recyclable Materials

October 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

Date: Friday, October 13th
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Total Sessions:
Tricia O’Brien
Room 208, Print Studio
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
All Levels
Sliding Scale:
$40 / $60 / $80
Materials Fee: $15
Financial Aid Available – Apply Here

About the class

Join Tricia O’Brien in this experimental evening workshop as you print your way through this fun, surprising and inspiring process of creating monoprints. Using recyclable materials – an assortment of bubble wrap, raffia, avocado and citrus bags, tissue paper, plastic bags, and other items – you will create several abstract images to take home.  

When putting these materials through the press, you’ll create surprising abstract shapes and markings.  The element of surprise will keep you returning to this process where you can then either re-work the image by putting it back through the press to add more color, or take home to hand color, if so desired.  This imperfect art form is a complete expression of what it means to be spontaneous and have fun creating in the moment without expectation. No prior printmaking experience required. All levels welcome!

Supplies are provided through the materials fee, but feel free to bring any special recyclable materials that you would like to try, including packing materials like bubble wrap, string, rubber bands, avocado or citrus bags, leaves, etc.

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

Tricia O’Brien

Instructor / Artist

Tricia O’Brien was born in Michigan in 1963, and moved to San Francisco in 1981. She studied textiles at SF State with Candice Crockett, then later finished her BFA in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Cal State Hayward in 2001, earning a juried Award for Excellence in the 3-dimensional work of Xerox Transfer for a hand-crafted book. At Hayward, she was introduced to printmaker Jimin Lee, and fell in love with the printing press and the many faceted processes of printmaking. In 2021, after retiring from the hospitality industry, she reignited her relationship with printmaking. Her unique, one of a kind Monoprints are made using recyclable materials; plastic bags, string, cardboard, paper and other packing materials that are put through the press. Tricia is interested in the play and surprise of the image you get with these discarded materials as it intersects with the structure of the printing press process. She teaches printmaking at the Sonoma Community Center in Sonoma, as well as at the Benicia Arts Center Annex. She is a member of the Sonoma Arts Guild and lives in Sonoma with her husband Glen.

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