This Workshop is an introductory course in water-based screen printing, designed to present the basic techniques and concepts of the medium as a fine art form. All techniques will emphasize non-toxic / less-toxic methods and materials. Techniques covered will include direct methods (paper stencils, hand-drawn stencils, and monotypes), and indirect methods (photographic & autographic stencils). Students will be encouraged to adopt an experimental approach toward screen printing production, while also developing an awareness of the traditional aspects of the medium, such as the significance of layering, appropriation, the multiple in art, edition work, and collaborative printing. No prior experience is required.
Born and raised in Fresno, CA; Matthew Hopson-Walker received his BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998. After several years of playing in a heavy metal band and working at various bars and liquor stores he then received his MA in 2002 followed by his MFA in 2003, both from the University of Iowa. Hopson-Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design at California State University at Fresno. In 2006 he was recipient of the prestigious James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking given by the San Francisco Foundation and administered by the KALA Institute. Hopson-Walker has been included in 172 juried and group exhibitions and 12 solo shows since 2006. His work is in the collections of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York; the University of North Dakota Art Collections in Grand Forks, North Dakota; the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge, Connecticut; the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte, California; the Drawing and Print Collection at The University of Iowa Museum Of Art; and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo, Japan.