Jasper Johns: a study in print

Weekend-long practical course

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  • 2 December 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 3 December 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’

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Jasper Johns, Target, 1961.

Encaustic and collage on canvas. 167.6 x 167.6 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London. Photo: © 2017. The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY / Scala, Florence.

Taking inspiration from the ‘Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’’ exhibition, participants will experiment with a range of printmaking techniques to create a series of limited edition “variable” prints.

Jasper Johns is celebrated for his dynamic and inventive use of a range of media within his work. Whether including found objects to develop sculptures and paintings, or employing collage and wax to layer prints, Johns’ innovative approaches have characterised his work throughout his career. In addition to this, Johns has embraced a number of drawing and printmaking techniques, often combining the two to animate his works, capturing movement, texture and depth upon the flat surface of the print.

Taking inspiration from the exhibition Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’, as well as from Johns’s peers and influences, this course will focus on the innovative ways of combining a range of media and techniques to create contemporary printed work. Works from the exhibition will also be explored within relation to the wider context of 20th-century printmaking as a whole.

Using various methods of printmaking, such as collograph, carborundum, mono print and dry point, and printing both by hand and with a small etching press, participants will learn a range of printmaking’s more immediate processes. Additionally, employing collage, stencilling and layering will also enable participants to build and extend prints which are unrestricted by the size of the printmaking press.

By the end of the two-day course, participants will have created both unique pieces and a small edition of original prints referred to as a “variable” edition, in which the images are shared or repeated from a common printmaking source, but assembled with additional variations.

The course is taught by Hen Coleman, a London-based artist and Print Tutor for the RA Schools.

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  • 2 December 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 3 December 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception at the end of the second day.

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