Arts Alliance of Three Rivers

Serving the creative arts community of Three Rivers, California, near Sequoia National Park

Seedlings: Series Two (2012)

~ Clayprinting: Making Monoprints ~

October 20-21, 2012
Instructor: Martha Castillo

Held at St. Anthony Retreat in Three Rivers, from 10-4 pm each day.

Make vibrant monotype prints using only potter’s clays and pure pigments! Learn the secrets of this unique and innovative monotype process; non-toxic, hand-tools only, no press required! No experience necessary. 

In this two day workshop, you will learn the basics of clayprinting, an innovative, new monotype technique. You will make your clay slab, build up images with layers of colored slips, and pull a number of prints. 

This art form is limited solely by your imagination: the design, colors, and possibilities are endless.

For a materials fee*, the instructor will provide:

  • clay slab (yours to keep)
  • pigments
, pure and Akua
  • varnish
  • dry Tempera, Mason Stains, potters oxides
  • newsprint 16×20” or larger (old newspapers work too)
  • matt knife, exacto, scissors
  • use of pizza roller, tools, stencils, spritz bottles

You can also bring any of the above materials, if you wish.

Suggested supply list to bring with you:

  • several plastic containers with lids for slip 
(cottage cheese, yogurt, etc, 8 and 16 oz sizes are good)
soft brushes, various sizes 
(1/2 ” – 4” wide Japanese Haké brushes work very well, and cheap, soft hardware 
store brushes are also okay)
  • a metal spoon (teaspoon size is good)
  • notebook and pen/pencil
  • rags, 
smock or apron
  • things to make marks in the clay ie: traditional potters tools (metal rib, loop and 
carving tools) stencils, sponge for stamping, cookie cutters, mesh, etc 
ear syringe
  • traditional print papers, good rice paper, (ie: papers which do not disintegrate when wet)
  • sand paper (the black emery paper)
  • some images of your own work to share, or work from

About the Instructor:
Martha Castillo has taught a variety of art media and classes for adults and children over the last 40 plus years. She first met Mitch Lyons, the inventor of clayprinting, in 2004, at a workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has since studied with him in Taos in New Mexico, Palo Alto in California, and at a two- week workshop/master class at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece. 

Martha has been teaching clayprint workshops at art centers and her own studio-classroom space, since 2005. In the Autumn of 2011, she taught a five week course for high school students outside Boston MA. 

Her works are currently represented by Gallery House, in Palo Alto, CA. She frequently 
exhibits in alternate spaces, corporate offices, restaurants, and community centers, as well as during her annual open studio events.

Artist Website:

Registration Information

Download Registration Form
Call 559-561-4671 for more information.
Email Workshop Chair
$165 for Arts Alliance Members, $215 for non-members
Fee includes lunch, provided by St. Anthony Retreat

*$30 materials fee paid at the time of the workshop to the instructor.

Add $25 for registration after the earlybird deadline of September 29, 2012.
Refund, minus $25 administration fee, for cancellation made by September 29, 2012

[all artwork on this page © Martha Castillo]

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