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CBA 027-W24 | Collage: from Idea to Artifact

CBA 027-W24 | Collage: from Idea to Artifact

4/4-5/9 (6 sessions) 6-9pm, Thursday, Room 208

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description


Artwork by Crystal Cawley

Explore ways of combining printed matter, found objects, and a myriad of everyday materials like wire, thread, pins, and more. The class will include demonstrations and practice of tools and techniques for putting materials together, with focused exercises for developing ideas and choosing the best materials and methods for expressing your ideas. All levels welcome.


4/4-5/9 (6 sessions) 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Thursdays

Tuition: $245 + $20 Studio Fee

CEUs: 1.8

522 Congress Street, Room 208



Artwork by Crystal Cawley


Take one or take them all! Your guide to the letterpress classes this winter/spring:

Letterpress Essentials (2/10-2/11)  - Perfect for the beginner! Learn the essentials for setting type, how to use the presses, and build your printmaking vocabulary.

Letterpress Adventures: Printing Type for Pattern and Image (3/2-3/3) - Use letters and printing techniques in fun, alternative ways! Play with inks and letters to create patterned compositions.

Letterpress Lab (3/12-4/16) - Do you have a project you want to make and need studio time? Do you have questions and need guidance? Do you need a type setting refresher? Can one letterpress class be all things to all printers? Let's find out.


Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. She prints at Down Stairs Press, her own letterpress shop in Portland, and is a member of Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective. She has shown her work around the US and in England, Greece, and Japan. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library; Columbia University Library; The Library of Congress; Maine Women Writers Collection; MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection at the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Munakata Shiko Museum, Aomori, Japan, among others. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. 


Supplies: Found and collected objects, scissors, X-acto or similar knife with extra blades, cutting mat, metal ruler or triangle, awl

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