Workshops

 

Buddha Cat Press is dedicated to educating the public on printmaking processes. We combine the latest technologies with traditional print techniques and methods to bring you a diverse, unique and ever changing list of workshops.



Serigraphy Workshops at Buddha Cat Press

Professional screen printer and artist Karen Fiorito takes you through the process of making a limited edition of fine art screen prints using imagery you supply. Topics include strategies for making color separations; options for photo emulsions, screen meshes, films, inks and papers; techniques for photo silk screening, including digital images; processes for multiple color registration; procedures for care and handling of prints; and steps for analysis and troubleshooting.

Two week workshop runs 2 days, 7 hours per day for 2 consecutive days (Lunch provided). The first workshop will be on November 12-13, 2011, and the second workshop will be the following weekend, November 19-20, 2011. Space is limited, so sign up today! To reserve your spot, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details. Price: $250 plus $50 for materials (paper, ink, emulsion, newsprint, etc.) Participant will walk away with a multi-color edition of their own work, an advanced knowledge of the process and a screen of your images!

Bio:

Karen Fiorito received her Master’s in Fine Art in Printmaking from Arizona State University and her Bachelor's of Fine Art in Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania.

For the past 7 years, she has owned and operated Buddha Cat Press, a socially conscious printmaking studio and publishing company. Most recently her work was showcased at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for the Pacific Standard Time Project.

Her work has also been featured in major publications such as Art in America, the Huffington Post, the LA Weekly, and URB Magazine. She is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant in 2005 and a Change, Inc. Grant from Robert Rauchenberg in 2004.

Fiorito also recently curated Evolution Revolution: the Interconnectedness of All Beings, an exhibition featuring the work of William Wegman, Sue Coe, Gee Vaucher and other prominent artists.

She recently was the first resident artist at Jo Lankester Limited Edition Prints in Townsville, Australia. Her recent work in Townsville also includes a 2-sided light box on Flinders Square, and her future plans for involvement within the Townsville art community include a mural on Flinders Street, a solo exhibition at Brush and Press Studio, and a workshop at Umbrella Studios Contemporary Art.

Currently Ms. Fiorito divides her time between Los Angeles, CA and Melbourne, Australia. She is also planning a workshop at Dial House in London this Summer.

Dates
 
Gum Bichromate Workshop in Los Angeles

 

October 23rd and November 6th, 2011

Karen Fiorito

This workshop covers the essentials of the time-honored gum-bichromate process. You will leave the workshop with a small edition of your own two -color gum-bichromate prints. Master printer Karen Fiorito will guide you through the entire process - from the creation of individual plates from the digital image you provide through the care and handling of the final prints. She will also describe some best practices for the process and make suggestions for individual images which may require special treatment and help you make your own set of fabulous gum-bichromate prints. Please note - you will need to e-mail a scanned image that you'd like to use within three days of the workshop start date.

 

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Location: Downtown Studio

Instructor: Karen Fiorito

Duration: One Day.

Dates: See available sessions below

 

Topics covered in the workshop are:

 

making separations from a digital file or flat artwork

registration of films

color strategies for separations and the creative process

choice of inks

choice of paper/ alternate material selections for substrates

historical practices and creative options

image enhancement/modification (bleaching, brushing, masking and other advanced practices)

care and handling of final prints

 

Space in the workshop will be limited to 10 (ten) participants..Each participant will go home with their own edition of silkscreen prints. The workshop fee is $275.There is an additional lab fee of $45 to cover the cost of fine art papers and inks for this workshop. . The workshop takes seven hours and includes a lunch with a non-alcoholic drink of your choosing. The fee also includes handbook summarizing topics included in the workshop. Individual instruction is also available upon inquiry.

 

Students of accredited educational institutions are also eligible to receive a 15% discount on all workshops. Please inquire about multiple workshop discounts too.

 

See also: Silk Screen Printing with Karen Fiorito and other workshops coming soon.

 

 
September Workshops!

Buddha Cat Press is giving a three week intensive in Silk Screen Printing (AKA Serigraphy, Screen Printing) during the month of September!

Part of the proceeds of all workshops will be donated to our friends at Self Help Graphics!

Master screen printer Karen Fiorito takes you through all the steps of the process. Using imagery that you supply via a digital image you e-mail to us, you will be guided through the process of making a small edition of two-color silkscreen prints! You will take home an edition of approximately 10 prints of your own.

 

Dates: September 15th, 22nd and 29th from 6 pm-9 pm.

Price: $150 (includes materials and refreshments)


Also...... Stencils are back!




Buddha Cat Press is hosting a series of Stencil-Making Workshops.

Participants will learn how to make a stencil and use it to make t-shirts and prints. Experienced stencil artists will be lined up to give instruction on beginning and advanced techniques for cutting stencils.

Dates: September 12th and 26th from 1-4 pm

The Stencil workshops are $60, which includes all materials and a free t-shirt.

Refreshments will be served.

Bio:
Karen Fiorito is a political street artist and curator residing in Los Angeles, California. Her art contines to be exhibited nationally and internationally and has appeared in such publications as Art in America, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hustler Magazine, the LA Weekly, URB Magazine and the Seattle Weekly.

She also owns and operates her own fine art printmaking studio and socially conscious publishing company, Buddha Cat Press, which produces prints for such submersive and visionary artists as Robbie Conal, Winston Smith and El Mac.


Fiorito received her Master’s in Fine Art in Printmaking from Arizona State University and her B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 2005, Fiorito received a Puffin Foundation Grant to install a billboard in Santa Monica, California, and in 2004, she was a recipient of a Change, Inc. grant.

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Serigraphy (silkscreen printing) Boot Camp

Silkscreen. You've worn the t-shirts, seen silkscreen printing everywhere from historical propaganda posters to lettering on the walls of museums. Ever been tempted to tackle the process yourself but weren't quite sure how to get a toehold? Master screen printer Karen Fiorito takes you through all the steps. Using imagery that you supply via a digital image you e-mail to us, you will be guided through the process of making a small edition of two-color silkscreen prints! You will take home an edition of approximately 10 prints of your own making in the Andy Warhol style, as pictured above. Please note - you will need to e-mail a scanned portrait that you'd like to emulate one week before the workshop starts. You may also submit a hard copy for scanning for an extra ($10) fee.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Location: Downtown Studio

Topics covered in the workshop are:

  • making separations (screens) from a digital file or flat artwork
  • registration of screens
  • color strategies for separations and the creative process
  • choice of inks - other alternatives to ink
  • choice of paper/ alternate material selections for substrates
  • historical practices and creative options
  • image enhancement/modification (bleaching, brushing, masking and other advanced practices)
  • analysis and follow through/troubleshooting session where warranted
  • care and handling of final prints

Space in the workshop will be limited to 10 (ten) participants..Each participant will go home with their own edition of silkscreen prints. The workshop fee is $275 or $240 for members.There is an additional lab fee of $45 to cover the cost of fine art papers and inks for this workshop. Participants with credentials or student IDs from recognized educational institutions will receive 15% off, as  will members. The workshop takes five hours and includes a lunch with a non-alcoholic drink of your choosing. The fee also includes handbook summarizing topics included in the workshop. Individual instruction is also available upon inquiry.  All workshops must be paid for (or else a deposit left) before 72 hours (three days) from the start of a workshop or else a penalty fee of $50 will apply. Payment may be made online in advance (see below) at a discounted rate. Payments taken by telephone, fax or in person will not reflect this discount. Groups also welcome by prior arrangement.. Individual instruction is also available upon inquiry

Please contact C4 Gallery for more details:

http://www.c4gallery.com/workshops/printmaking/silkscreen-workshop.html

 
Gum Bichromate Workshop

This workshop covers the essentials of the time-honored gum-bichromate process. You will leave the workshop with a small edition of your own two -color gum-bichromate prints. Master printer Karen Fiorito will guide you through the entire process - from the creation of individual plates from the digital image you provide through the care and handling of the final prints. She will also describe some best practices for the process and make suggestions for individual images which may require special treatment and help you make your own set of fabulous gum-bichromate prints. Please note - you will need to e-mail a scanned image that you'd like to use within three days of the workshop start date.  You may also submit a hard copy for scanning for an extra ($10) fee.

Topics covered in the workshop are:

  • making separations (screens) from a digital file or flat artwork
  • registration of screens
  • color strategies for separations and the creative process
  • choice of inks - other alternatives to ink
  • choice of paper/ alternate material selections for substrates
  • historical practices and creative options
  • image enhancement/modification (bleaching, brushing, masking and other advanced practices)
  • analysis and follow through/troubleshooting session where warranted
  • care and handling of final prints

 

andy warhold marilynEdward Steichen's "The Pond, Moonlight" - the most expensive photographic print ever to sell at auction - it's a gum bichromate!

Space in the workshop will be limited to 10 (ten) participants..Each participant will go home with their own edition of silkscreen prints. The workshop fee is $275 or $240 for members.There is an additional lab fee of $45 to cover the cost of fine art papers and inks for this workshop. . The workshop takes five hours and includes a lunch with a non-alcoholic drink of your choosing. The fee also includes handbook summarizing topics included in the workshop. Individual instruction is also available upon inquiry.

Please contact C4 Gallery for details and purchasing workshops:

http://www.c4gallery.com/workshops/printmaking/gum-bichromate-workshop.html