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L'estiu a Murtra

Summer courses 2012





Engraving. Direct Techniques on Copper and Plastic    

From 2 to 6 July 2012

Given by Jordi Rosés  engraving and   Pilar Lloret   master printer


This course is aimed at experimentation and an in-depth insight into the direct resources
involved in printing with plates, without using any kind of acid or etching solution.
It will be divided into two parts: the creation of a matrix and printing with it.

A study will be made of traditional techniques, better known as line engraving (like drypoint or the creation of mezzotints with a rocker, roulettes, etc). Other techniques that are not so common now (like stipple engraving or criblé, burin engraving, etc). Use of electrical tools (a drill and an electric-driven chisel) to scratch, erase, empty, score and erode the plates. Tools, that are normally intended for corrective purposes, will be used as creative resources (like burnishers, sandpaper, emery stone, charcoal, or emery boards). Plates will be created for printing in colour together.

Intaglio printing. Papers: types and qualities. Inks: preparing inks for direct printing techniques. Traditional printing methods, retroussage, combing, creative printing. Colour printing. Impressions from one plate with several inks: roll up, collages. Impressions with several plates, register. Special effects: smudged sheets, templates, etc.


Color Viscosity printmaking workshop

From 9 to July 13, 2012

Given by Teresa Gomez Martorell


There are several ways of working in color printmaking.
Created at the Atelier 17 by Stanley William Hayter, in the Hayter technique (or color viscosity), the different colors are printed at the same time by working the ink viscosity, the etching and with hard or soft rollers and brayers.

This workshop will be focused on the possibilities of this technique with some guidelines by working plates with stencils, rollers, ink viscosity and degradees. At the same time, plates will be deeply etched to work with hard and soft rollers. The most important thing for the participating students is to learn the concept underlying this technique and how to integrate to their body of work.


On artist's books

From 16 to 20 July 2012

Given by Jordi Rosés  engraving and   Pilar Lloret   master printer

This course is aimed at exploring the concept of a book as a work of art, as a unique work and as a limited edition. The participants will also gain an insight into different ways of approaching and putting into practice a project to produce an artist’s book.

Books as works of art (as unique works/as limited editions). Defining and choosing the book to be created: What do you want to do? How do you want to do it?
– Available resources (own / external resources).
- Elements involved in the book’s creation: images, texts.
– Defining the supports for ideas: format (dimensions).
– Pages (images, texts), publication (pressrun).
– The support: the type of paper, texture, weight, fibre, folds etc.
– The container: in book format, a folder, a box.
– The materials to make the container: card, wood, plastic, fabric, leather.
– The type of book: tied, sewn, perforated, spiralbound, glued, folded (accordion folds), loose leaves (untied). Japanese bookbinding.
– The bookbinding process: rustic, card, leather, other forms of presentation.
– The parts of a book: front cover, front flyleaves, blank page, fly title, table of contents, foreword, preface, body of the book (texts), index, colophon, back flyleaves, back cover.
– The parts of a page: headers (ornamentation), the heading, text, and footer. Cul de llàntia (a type of ornamentation).
– Techniques for creating limited editions of images: woodcuts, linocuts, intaglio printing, lithography, silkscreen printing, photography, inkjet, computer graphics.
– Techniques for creating texts: the typography, photoengraving, laser printing, photocopies, calligraphy.
- Planning the edition: previous work, preparing the items to be used.

In this course each student can make his own book. We will use the following techniques: intaglio monotype to create images and movable typography stamped on hand for creating texts.

Jordi Rosés    Pilar Lloret

Jordi Rosés and Pilar Lloret are master printers. Currently they lead the workshop and publishing of "Edicions Murtra" and a residence for artists called "Art Print Residence" in Arenys de Munt.
Jordi Rosés is author of manuals named "El Gravat" and "Prova d'estat". He worked as an expert and developed the program "Certificate of professionalism in intaglio and woodcut" for the Ministry of Labour. Pilar Lloret developed "Professional certificates in intaglio stamping and engraving".

They were founders and coordinators for ten years of "International Summer School of Printmaking" in Calella. For 14 years they are teaching courses of engraving for Culture Patronat in Mataró. Since 12 years they work with Joan Miró Foundation in Palma de Mallorca, as consultants and providing various courses in engraving. Also they taught courses in Lavoratorio Piranesi engraving of Sermonetta Italy, the course "Beyond the Plate Etched" in Whitehorse by Yukon Arts Society, Canada, among others.

Teresa Gomez

Teresa Gómez-Martorell; born in Barcelona, 1961. She has a major in printmaking by the Universitat de Barcelona, she studied color printmaking at the Atelier 17-contrepoint in Paris and she has an MFA from the Southern Methodist University of Dallas.
She has exhibited in national and international shows and competitions such as Premio Máximo Ramos, New Prints program at IPCNY, Novosibirsk Print Biennial with the group of US artists. She has received grants and residencies such as Jentel Arts residency in Wyoming, the Santa Fe Art Institute,New Mexico, Coronado Studio in Austin. She is one of the artists of Flatbed Press and she worked there as a printer and instructor.