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The Monoprint: Word and Image with Karen Fish and Vicky Tomayko

August 7 @ 9:30 am 1:00 pm

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Monday-Thursday, August 7-10, 9:30am-1pm

4 sessions | $380 for members $400 for non-members

This course is designed for writers who want to experiment with the visual and for visual artists who want to experiment with text.

By blending the feel of a studio space and writing workshop, we will find new inspiration in unconventional places–poems, texts, and images of all sorts. The prompts will challenge us to go outside our usual, rote self-assignments, place our normal tools aside, and find new ones to add.

You can explore a variety of forms in printmaking and writing that will help you discover the breadth and depth of your abilities. See your work evolve as you try out a medium you are less familiar with, to push yourself further in your medium of choice. (No experience necessary in your experimental medium!) Feel braver for experimenting for experimentation’s sake—the root of all innovation. This will be playful subversion—we will learn how the monoprint uses spontaneity and its own implicit singularity, one-of-a-kindness to craft some pieces. The aim is to create a dialogue between printmaking and the writing in a collaborative, supportive space so that after this workshop, you can continue the dialogue yourself in your solo practice.

*Materials included in price of workshop (excluding paper which is available for purchase on site).


Karen Fish

Karen Fish is the author of three collections, The Cedar Canoe, What Is Beyond Us, and most recently, No Chronology published by University of Chicago Press. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including: The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The New Republic, and Slate.

No Chronology published by University of Chicago Press, 2021

“Told aslant, with exquisite lyricism and incandescent imagery.” — Khaled Mattawa

“… narratively broad, in language that is fresh, idiosyncratic, and starkly vivid.” — Alan Shapiro

Vicky Tomayko

Vicky Tomayko is an artist and printmaker living in Truro, MA. Tomayko teaches at Cape Cod Community College, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown where she also manages the print studio. Tomayko was assistant professor of printmaking at Connecticut College, 1979 through 1981, and was awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in 1985. She received an MFA in printmaking from Western Michigan University, and has been the recipient of two Ford Foundation Grants. She is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, and the A.I.R. Gallery in New York.

Image caption: Vicky Tomayko, Spray, 2022, monoprint on BFK Rives, 26 x 20 inches