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Monoprinting Using Recycled Materials

August 24 @ 12:00 pm August 25 @ 3:00 pm

Date: Saturday, August 24 – Sunday, August 25
 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Tricia O’Brien
Location: Room 208, Print Studio
Skill Level:
Registration Fee: $110
Materials Fee: $15

Registration closes on Thursday, August 22.

About the class

Join Tricia O’Brien in this engaging, two-day experimental monoprinting workshop using recycled materials. As you print your way through this weekend series, you will create abstract images using recyclable, natural and sustainable materials – Think of assorted discarded objects such as bubble wrap, raffia, avocado and citrus bags, tissue paper, plastic bags, leaves and other items. When these materials are put through a traditional printing press, you’ll be able to create unique impressions and develop abstract shapes directly on paper. 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!

Day one of the workshop will be an introduction and students will focus on working with 6″x6″ plates to create small prints on paper. Working with small plates allows us to see how each material leaves markings and how the ink is dispersed. On day two, the class will move to working on a larger surface and see how this changes the equation and process. Students will walk away with a general understanding of the beginning monotype printmaking process and a stack of beautiful prints! 

All art-making supplies are provided through the materials fee, but feel free to bring any special recyclable materials that you would like to try.

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 registering or by emailing Sean at

Registration Fee Change Announcement, 2024

The Sonoma Community Center assessed the sliding scale payment system and determined it did not serve the community as intended. After conducting a survey, and analyzing internal data, we determined that the lowest price tier has not always been accessible to those who need it most. In response, as of July 1, 2024 we are moving to a simplified registration process. The new registration will have a general enrollment fee plus options for tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is accessible through an online request form; the additional participant information will allow us to tailor accessible pricing for individual needs and increase our ability to offer more pricing options. Also available upon registration is the option to add a tax-deductible donation to support the Center’s ability to help community members across the arts.

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 assorted 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 the California Society of Printmakers. She lives in Sonoma with her husband Glen.

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