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Dark Field Monotypes with Master Printmaker Ronna Leon

April 28 @ 11:00 am 4:00 pm

Date: Sunday, April 28th
 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Ronna Leon
Location: Room 208, Printmaking Studio
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $110 / $155 / $195
Materials Fee: $20

About the class

We are pleased to offer our first workshop with master printmaker, Ronna Leon from Arts Benicia. 

Working with only black or sepia inks, printmakers will learn a classical art form beloved by Edgar Degas and Paul Gauguin in which an abstract or figurative image is developed out of a dark covered field of ink. Using rags, fingers, brushes, q-tips, and other simple tools, students will carefully remove ink to make beautiful and haunting fine art prints finished on the studio’s printing press. Trace monotype techniques will also be discussed as part of working in dark field. Beginners encouraged. No prior printmaking experience is necessary.

Instructor will provide everything needed: plates, inks, tools, paper. If a student has materials they want to work with they are welcome to bring them.

Note: There will be a 30 minute lunch break; please bring a bag lunch.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

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

Ronna Leon

Master Printmaker / Instructor

The instructor, Ronna Leon, was raised in a family of printers and publishers and has a life long love of paper and ink. She has been a printmaker for over 50 years and always enjoys exploring and sharing new methods and techniques with her students. For the last eleven years she has run the printmaking program for Arts Benicia.

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