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Monoprintmaking Using Recyclable Materials

March 25 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sessions: 1
Instructor: Tricia O’Brien
Location: Room 208
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: All Levels
Sliding Scale: $50 / $85 / $120
Financial aid available below


Class Description

Join experimental printmaker Tricia O’Brien in this half day workshop as you travel through the unique process of combining and composing recyclable materials to create unique abstract prints.

Working with recycled materials; ie, bubble wrap, confetti paper, string, plastic bags, and more, you’ll learn how to create a monoprint (a one of a kind printed image) using water-soluble ink on an acrylic plate. The direct contact with the plate and the press allows expression not found in any other print form. The element of surprise will keep you returning to this process where you can then either rework the image by putting it back through the press to add more elements, color, or enhance the image later using painting and drawing techniques. This imperfect art form exemplifies what it means to have fun creating art: open exploration, unexpectedness and pure joy!  No prior printmaking experience is required – this workshop is open to artists of all skill levels. Beginners are most welcome!

All materials are provided through the class fee, but you’re encouraged to bring items you might be curious about to experiment with, like bubble wrap, string, rubber bands, avocado or citrus bags, etc.

About the Instructor

Tricia O’Brien

Instructor / Artist

Tricia O’Brien completed her BFA at Cal State Hayward (now, Cal State, East Bay) in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking. She studied printmaking with Jimin Lee, earning a juried Award for Excellence in the 3-dimensional work of Xerox Photo Transfer for a hand-crafted book chronicling a trip to Death Valley with her family.  In addition to creating art, she currently co-hosts a weekly women’s writing group in Sonoma, where she lives with her husband and two cats.  

Sliding Scale Guidance

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.

Class Policies

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.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.


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