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And yet again: Printmaking Class at SLC

May 27, 2018


This one is a compacted version of the course I teach the second year art students, going from eraser stamps all the way to dry point etching, with linocuts, wood cuts, wood engraving, monoprinting in between.

Printmaking – Beginner/Intermediate   

This printmaking course offers a variety of graphic and painterly printmaking methods. Students learn techniques and methods to produce linocut, wood cut, wood engraving, intaglio, and monotype prints. These transfer methods build on the students’ knowledge using complex methods, and a wide variety of different materials and tools used in printmaking. Students explore and experiment with methods of printmaking while strengthening the core values of composition and design, colour theory and drawing to further their creativity.

Additional Information…

Instructor: Larry Thompson
Course Code: CEAR1046
Section: 540
Date: 7/3/2018 – 7/6/2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Day(s) of Week: Tu W Th F
Fee: $223.50



More Teaching at SLC: The Illustrated Book

May 27, 2018


Why illustrate a book? From purely visual books to marginalia, we have been illustrating books for almost as long as there have been books. It’s not rocket science, since illustration doesn’t mean an ability to draw necessarily. Students will study page decoration, illumination, and the balance between illustrations and text to enhance the narrative, and in the end produce a small illustrated book of their own.

For more information, click HERE

The Illustrated Book   

An introduction to basic presentation of relief cut blocks in book form. Students will learn a little history of the illustrated page, and then using a variety of printing and transfer techniques, they will create an illustrated book, or a collaborative book with other students and create a narrative. Potential applications for portfolio and promotional applications for emerging and established authors.

Additional Information…

Instructor: Larry Thompson
Course Code: CEAR1044
Section: 540
Date: 7/23/2018 – 7/27/2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Day(s) of Week: D  Fee: $223.50

Teaching @ SLC in Brockville: From Sketch to Printed Block

May 26, 2018

A stippled sketch based on the original image.


Final version of Winona’s rabbit.

One of the sticklers barring the way for aspiring printmakers is how to compose drawings that translate well to block printing. It’s easier than you might think, and doesn’t require you to be a seasoned illustrator. There are many techniques associated with the graphic arts that can help students interpret a photo, graphic or image to a block, while leaving plenty of room for artistic and creative licence.

Go HERE to find all the details

From Sketch to Printing Block 
Learn in-depth techniques for adapting drawings for block printing, to include transfer techniques, some digital tools, understanding tone, depth and balance in one-colour applications.
Additional Information…

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Instructor: Larry Thompson

Course Code: CEAR1045

Section: 540


Date: 7/16/2018 – 7/19/2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Day(s) of Week: M Tu W Th

Fee: $203.80


R I P – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Baron, CaT

August 13, 2016


It is with some sadness that we must report the passing of our press cat, Tennyson, after a brief illness, age approximately 16 years. The morning of his last day, as the heat wave broke,  he made a final sojourn into the garden to survey his domain. Tennyson came to us in 2003 from the local animal rescue (Lanark Animal Welfare Society) and quickly lived up to his peerage by establishing dominance over all others in the household, in particular choosing the press room as his lordly seat. Mostly content, he occasionally had issues with the servants. In his later days, we indulged him with milk and cream cheese, much to his delight. He is survived by the Printer, who challenged him in philosophical discourse with too infrequent cigars and brandy; the Artist, with whom he frequently slept; and the Apprentice, whom he saw as an opportunity for more cream cheese.

Death closes all; but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;
The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends.
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.

from Ulysses, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

Ex Libris in Prince Edward County, Ontario

August 12, 2016



We are very pleased to have four pieces included in the Ex Libris exhibition at the BLIZZMAX Gallery. Check out the list of participants below; there is some pretty impressive talent in this region. Definitely an exhibit not to miss.

Hope to see you at the Vernissage!


This exhibition is being organized in partnership with SPARKBOX STUDIO.

August 13 – Sept.2, 2016

EX LIBRIS features as least 15 artists who are creating original hand printed bookplates

VERNISSAGE Saturday August 13@ 7pm.

3071 County Road 13, Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0 (Prince Edward County 613.476.7748 Open June to October, Thursdays to Sundays from 10 to 5 or by appointment

Participants so far, include Kyle Topping and Chrissy Poitras from Spark Box, and Peter Mennacher from BLIZZMAX. Also showing are Wendy Cain, Michael Ciesieslski, Phoebe Cohoe, Rebecca Cowan, Josh Dannin, Genna Kutsch, Pam Loebb, Jeff Macklin, Otis Tamasauskas, Larry Thompson, Jessica Veevers, Terry Veevers and Jan Winton, although that may not be the complete list !


New work at Fantasy in the Forest

July 12, 2015

Another great show, one that Holly has been doing for 19 of its 20 years, and me for 10 years, give or take.

Check out the web site HERE.

2015 show post card email 2015 card back email

Showing and Selling in Kingston

June 29, 2015

My busy show season is really picking up, and I’m busy packing and prepping for the next one, so here we go again. If you are in or around Kingston between July 1 and 4, stop in at Artfest in City Park and say hello (booth B76).

Kingston 2015

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