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Fresco Monoprinting and The Duality Book

July 24 - 29, 2022

Arthur Gonzalez  ·  arthurgonzalez.net

Workshop at a glance

Create a monoprint on clay using underglazes on a plaster slab, then transferring your prints into a clay “book.”


  • Using underglaze instead of ink, a plaster slab, and a clay slab instead of paper
  • How to build-up and block out imagery
  • Create a one-part plaster press mold


  • Clay, plaster, underglazes, slips and standard ceramic tools
  • Experimental materials of etching into plaster
  • Various scrapping tools, sponges, and brushes


  • Crossover ideas of where imagery meets object
  • Creating open book sculptures
  • New procedures to apply to student’s regular work
  • Enhancing student’s studio practice

Artist Bio

Arthur Gonzalez is a tenured professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. He is an internationally exhibiting artist with over fifty one-person shows in the last forty years, including eight in Manhattan, New York. He received many awards including the Virginia Groot Foundation twice and is an unprecedented four-time recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship within a ten-year period. Gonzalez has been an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Georgia, Athens, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Penland School of Craft, North Carolina, University of Akron in Ohio, Tainan National University in Taiwan, Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington, and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.
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Workshop Description

This workshop is one part plaster mold making, one part printmaking, and one part presentation of art ideas. Students will use the method of monoprinting to create paintings using underglazes on a plaster surface and then transfer them to clay slabs and discovering more advanced techniques. By using examples of historic painting, you will learn various techniques like “Doin’ the Rembrandt” and “Instant Fresco” as you create your printed pages and plastic molds. This open book format introduces the realm of duality, the subject of poetic art versus the prose, for participants as well as general ways of thinking. You will explore and study this through presentations and lectures. Students will be encouraged to share and explore possibilities and experimentation. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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