We offer a variety of classes in printmaking and book arts, including Intaglio, Relief, Papermaking, Book Arts, Journal Making, Screenprinting, and Monotype. 

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Four Saturdays February 23 – March 16
Crocker Art Museum

Printmaking was the preferred medium of artists Leonard Baskin and Jacob Lawrence, both featured in retrospective exhibitions this spring at the Crocker. This class examines the qualities of each artist’s printing techniques and allows participants to explore monoprinting, relief, etching and screenprinting. REGISTER HERE

February 23: Drypoint with Katherine Venturelli

March 2: Relief Printing with Sandy Whetstone

March 9: Monoprinting with Sandy Whetstone

March 16: Screen printing with Emily Wilson*

*Please note: All classes will meet at Crocker Museum except for Emily Wilson, screen printing which will be at Verge Center for the Arts.

$140 Crocker members/Verge members • $155 nonmembers

For Ages 18+



Instructor Nikki Thompson

Saturday, February 23rd

Myrtle Press

nikki thompson

Make five books in three hours! Whether you are a first time bookmaker or have years of practice, you are *bound* to feel accomplished after this workshop.

With bookmaker and creative writer, Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press, start out making books out of a sheet of paper. Then move to a simple pamphlet sewn together with a figure-eight stitch, followed by two signatures (a group of about 16 pages) sewn as one with a surprise sewn in the middle. The class will finish out with an elaborate sewing of a pamphlet with link stitches along the spine

You will need a bone folder, awl, needle, X-acto knife, ruler, cutting mat, scissors, and pencil (if you do not already have these the instructor will have them available for you to borrow). $60 price includes materials fee.

The class meets at Myrtle Press.


WHEN: Saturday, February 23rd

TIME: 10am – 1pm

PRICE:  $60.00

WHERE: Myrtle Press at the back of Verge Center for the Arts



Instructor: Katherine Venturelli

Saturday March 23rd

Myrtle Press

Come and playfully learn the basics of a low tech and innovative painterly printmaking process called monotype. Monotypes are unique prints made by the direct transfer of an image. This easily accessible medium allows both novices and experienced artists of all ages to create finished images in relatively few steps.

In this hands-on experience, workshop participants will develop an understanding of fundamental printmaking terms, materials, and inking techniques using oil-based inks with non-toxic clean-up. We will focus on both spontaneous and methodical approaches to the medium. Demonstrations will include the use of the etching press, printing by hand, and experimentation with textures and collage materials. In a relaxed atmosphere, with support and encouragement, you will realize your own personal artistic intent and expression of ideas and images.
All levels welcomed!

About the instructor: Katherine Venturelli, is an artist and instructor nationally recognized for unique artist books and fine prints produced from her printmaking studio in Amador County. Her work is represented in many prestigious collections including the SF Palace Legion of Honor: the Getty Museum; and the Crocker Art Museum. Over 40 years as an arts educator, Katherine has been able to share her passion for the monotype printmaking process.


For Adults

10am – 4:30pm

Price: $80 plus $25 paid to the instructor for materials



Instructor: Robynn Smith 

Saturday April 13th

Myrtle Press

Discover a new, wonderful way to make linoleum prints! This workshop will introduce you to linoleum relief printing, and/or help you take your current printmaking practice a step further.

Imagine cutting through butter, the possibility of long, flowing organic lines, easy removal of large areas, creation of a variety of marks and no tension in your wrists or fingers. This is all possible with Silk Cut Lino, a wonderful product from Australia, now available in the Bay Area. Learn new carving, inking and printing techniques, using simple, non-toxic materials.

Topics covered:
Imaging onto single or multiple blocks
Safe carving by hand and with rotary power tools
Use of Caligo Safe Wash- high quality, heavily pigmented water washable inks
Innovative printing techniques that yield high numbers of surprising, one of a kind prints, with little or no re-inking!

Silk Cut Linoleum from Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz will be sold at 6×6″ blocks at $6.00
students. 6×6” blocks @ $6.00 each.Please feel free to bring your own source materials such as drawings, photographs, etc.


About the instructor:

Robynn Smith is an internationally exhibiting painter/printmaker and Professor Emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College. She is the founder of Print Day in May®, an annual international celebration of printmaking involving participants from all 50 US states and over 50 countries world wide.

Robynn grew up in New York and has lived her adult life in Santa Cruz, California. She was educated at Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and San Jose State University (MFA).

Robynn travels a great deal and enjoys participation in international exhibitions and residencies. She has vast experience teaching workshops for artists of all levels. She teaches workshops and holds salons at Blue Mouse Studios in Aptos, California. Robynn is available to teach workshops and serve as a visiting artist in studios and educational facilities in the US and and abroad.

WHEN: Saturday, April 13

TIME: 10am-4pm

FOR: Adults

WHERE: Myrtle Press at the back of Verge Center for the Arts


Please supply: source materials such as drawings, photogrpahs, etc
Pencils and erasers
Students will purchase blocks and paper from the studio


To find out about upcoming classes and to enroll go to the Verge website here  










For questions contact myrtlepress{at}gmail{dot}com.