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Intaglio, Line, and the Body in Space with H. Gene Thompson

July 26 @ 9:30 am 1:30 pm

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Wednesday-Friday, July 26-28, 9:30am-1:30pm

3 sessions | $300 for members $320 for non-members

In this drypoint intaglio workshop, we will focus on using photographic reference material generated by the student to explore ways of using line and thickness of line in the etching process, with the goal of depicting the body and its gravity on the land and in the sand, all while becoming confident in the art of intaglio.

Ahead of the workshop, students will be given a guided embodied meditation performed and recorded by the teaching artist, and use it as a score to capture 2-6 photographic images of a human body interacting with natural light in the Provincetown dunes, beaches, or another location that emphasizes the sandy rolling landscape of the Outer Cape. Students will bring printed photographs to the workshop (or if you are not able to print photographs before the workshop PAAM can assist you).

During the workshop, we will use these images as reference material as we etch our plexiglass plates, experiment with inks, and create a series of intaglio prints. Students need not have any experience with printmaking, meditation, or photography to participate in this workshop, and other photographic reference materials are welcome too.


H. Gene Thompson is a queer, non-binary artist born in 1989 in Pittsburgh, PA and based in New Orleans, LA. They have been touring their work and collaborating with community organizations and artist residencies across the country since 2012. Thompson has worked professionally as a performer, teaching artist, muralist, public artist, printmaker, illustrator, and painter. They create and direct inclusive public art events that seek to heal by confronting the trauma held in our bodies and building community. They use wearable and installed sculptures, video, and photography to create immersive manifestations of energetic pathways. Their workshops utilize somatic and embodied practices, focusing on the body in relation to space. Thompson has been the recipient of grants/residencies from The Chautauqua Institute, Sulfur Studios Pittsburgh Office of Public Art/Bike Pittsburgh, The New Hazlett Theater, The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Charles Adams Studio Project, AS220, and Future Tenant.

Website: hgenethompson.com, Instagram: @hgenethompson