This workshop is an introduction to basic techniques of working with Pronto polyester plates. It is a versatile and flexible medium; plates can be created at home, in the studio, plein air, or in class. Using freehand drawing and painting methods as well as photo imagery from a laser printer or photocopier, students will learn to create beautiful lithographic prints. Class is tailored to both beginning and advanced students. Some printmaking experience is helpful but not required.
Fran Valescoearned a BA from UCLA and a MA from California State University Long Beach. She has been an instructor at City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and University of California Berkeley. Throughout 2018 Valesco has taught several lithography courses, “Alternative Lithography: Pronto Plates and Gum Arabic Transfer” at ArtPrint Residence in Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, Spain and “Polyester Plate Lithography” at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis. She has appeared nationally on numerous panels involving printmaking and community art and is an avid writer on technology and the art making experience.
Valesco has been an artist in residence at ArtPrint Residence in Spain, Gualan Printmaking Base in China, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. Her work is included in several collections, Library of Congress, New York City Public Library, Oakland Museum, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco. Most recently she exhibited “Claiming Two Landscapes” at the Impact 10 Printmaking Conference in Santander, Spain.