10:00AM-4:00PM PT

Instructor:  Dennis Ahearn

Blind embossing leaves an impression in the paper using pressure instead of ink — visual and tactile contrasts create images or patterns, playing with light and shadow on the surface of the paper. Come and learn this fascinating process that can be used to create fine art or to add texture and dimension to business cards, invitations, stationery, menus and more. Participants will learn how to carve their simple design into a linoleum block, dampen their paper, and operate the printing press. No ink means no gloves and easy cleanup. Everyone will go home with several prints and the experience required to attend Printmaking Open Studio (first session is free). The instructor will also demonstrate several ways that blind embossing can be combined with other techniques. This class is perfect for beginners who are curious about printmaking or want to try something completely new. No prior artmaking experience is needed — just a willingness to learn and explore!

All materials are included in the materials fee.  Please wear a face mask and bring a bag lunch and water bottle.

$20 Materials Fee

Ages 18+

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Dennis Ahearn

Dennis Ahearn


Dennis Ahearn is an artist and printmaker. He received his BFA in Studio Art Ceramics from the University of Central Florida in 2004 and his MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2007. During his time at Tyler, he spent one year at their campus in Rome, Italy. From 2007-2019 he was a full-time Lecturer at the University of Central Florida where he taught all levels of printmaking, drawing, and design. In his art work he uses painting, drawing, and printmaking to combine images with text and create deeply personal images that attempt to also have a universal appeal. He now lives and works in Santa Rosa, California with his wife and two young kids.