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Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop at the Whitney

Fri, Dec 3, 2021
3 pm

Online, via Zoom

Join us for a two-part workshop that explores printmaking with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio. Held in conjunction with Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror, this workshop offers an opportunity to discover the printmaking process through the technique of monotype. Inspired by the hundreds of experimental monoprints Johns has created throughout his career, participants will print images using different colors to create a multi-layered print. All skill levels are welcome.

During each hour-and-a-half session, participants will be guided by printmakers from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and will be able to ask questions live through Zoom breakout rooms.

Session 1
Dec 3, 3 pm

Session 2
Dec 10, 3pm

The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop is a co-operative printmaking workspace that provides professional-quality printmaking facilities to artists and printmakers of every skill level. The RBPW is committed to inspiring and fostering a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse artistic community dedicated to the making of fine art prints in an environment that embraces technical and aesthetic exploration, innovation, and collaboration. Robert Blackburn’s vision of a welcoming creative environment with a spirit of openness serves as the backbone of the workshop today.


  • Ink
    • Akua water based Intaglio ink  
  • Tools:
    • Brayer
    • Pencils + colored pencils 
    • Palette Knife
    • Tape 
    • Wooden Spoon or Printmaking Baren
    • Sponge and dish soap for clean up
    • Spray Bottle (optional, for moistening paper)
    • Q-tips (optional, for drawing into “ghost” monotype prints)
    • Rags / Paper towels
    • Scissors
  • Paper of all types:
    • Butcher paper
    • Newspaper
    • Copy paper
  • Printed Matter:
    • Photographs
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Postcards
    • Old drawings or sketches  
  • Inking Surfaces:
    • Two surfaces at least 8.5 x 11 inches such as glass or plexiglass
    • Disposable palette paper, wax paper, mylar, or acetate can all work as substitutes.
    • A smooth tabletop or piece of cardboard

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