Visual Arts Workshop

Printmaking Workshop with Ben Rosenberg
October 27-29 | 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition $240 | Materials fee $25
Hoffman Center | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
This class requires proof of vaccination


Monotypes, Monoprints, Collagraphs and More! Oh My!

Artwork was created by participants in the June 2022 workshop

Join Ben Rosenberg as he introduces the principles and practices of creating monoprints and monotypes. Monotype is a distinctive print made by pressing paper against a painted or inked surface. When creating a monotype, it cannot be replicated again. It is a highly individual creation, much like painting, as it allows for spontaneity, “happy accidents,” and working along a plate surface to bring a wide range of marks that can be obtained through the creation of an image.

Topics include basic theory and use of color and composition in working with water-based, mixed media, and a variety of surfaces. This workshop will involve both conceptual approaches and direct observations using still life, the figure, abstract composition, and a variety of student investigative resources.

You will explore various monotype styles, techniques, and media used with rollers, stencils, textured surfaces, brushes, and various inventive wiping tools to create unusual one-of-a-kind prints.

Through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and printing time, participants will develop a command of the technical aspects of monotypes and monoprints (color mixing, paint application, materials), and the properties of creating an image (line and shape, color concept, composition, abstraction) and an understanding of how formal choices create meaning.

Each day will begin with a lecture and discussion, followed by an afternoon for studio time. This class is a place where you can engage your own artistic interest and explore your personal voice.

Bring your ideas and be willing to take them further. It is a time and place to soak up everything you can and take risks.

Materials to Bring (Optional)
Brushes (old and stiff brushes are ok)
Rags (t-shirt fabric is perfect)
Rubber gloves to keep hands clean
Scraping materials: old credit cards, toothpicks, sticks (items you can scratch into inked surfaces)
Reference materials such as photos, drawings, sketchbook, etc.
Collage materials
Sack lunch

Ben Rosenberg lives and works in Manzanita, where he teaches classes online for Clark College in Vancouver, Printmaking at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, and on-call substitute teaching in the Neah-Kah-Nie School District.

Ben has been involved in the Manzanita Community since he began coming to the coast after his mother passed away in 2011.

He rented a studio in the former Hoffman House, attended Life Drawing sessions on Sundays, and participated in local events such as the Trashion Show.

He has been a featured artist in the Hoffman Center’s Gallery several times, including this June. He is inspired by his surroundings whether on a bike ride, walk, or in a kayak paddling up the Nehalem River.

He received a BFA in Printmaking from Temple University and an MFA in Studio Arts from Portland State University.

He has taught an extensive range of art making in all kinds of places to diverse populations for as long as he has been making art.

His work is primarily in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and assemblages.

View more of Ben’s work here