Paper + Printmaking

Classes are starting up for 2024! Please be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly as we get new classes online. We hope you can be patient with us while we are transitioning to new registration software – if you need to register for a class but don’t see it online yet, you can email or call to save your spot!

Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our visitors and we’ll do our best to inform students as early as we are aware of the cancellation.  Many of our workshops are led by instructors who have to come a long distance or prepare a lot of supplies, so if a minimum enrollment is not met, the class will be cancelled.

If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll make every attempt to inform students and to offer a full refund or credit towards another course.

If a student must withdraw from a class a full refund less $10 processing fee will be issued if cancellation is received at least one week prior to the first day of class.

Paper and Printmaking Classes

Framing Workshop with Jennifer Helner

This one day workshop will provide you an overview of the picture framing process from start to finish. Pick out frames to suit your art, choose mats with a mat cutting demo and how to mount many different mediums of artwork. How to cut and clean glass and Plexiglas and how to hold the contents in a frame. Properly wire the finished framed artwork to be ready to hand in to the gallery. Unlock the secrets of professional framers in a wide variety of areas and overcome common errors.

Instructor Info:   Jennifer Helner is the owner of Scripted Expressions Studio located in Lowell, Michigan. She achieved her BFA in painting from Wayne State University in 1991. At Scripted Expressions Studio she creates, educates and is a custom framer. Jennifer is a Michigan realist watercolor painter of flowers, landscapes, and creative lettering. At her studio she provides art classes and workshops along with art instruction at Lowell Arts. After graduating from Wayne State Jennifer learned the craft of custom framing under a master framer. She continued her art education through classes at the BBAC, the College of Creative Studies and Kendell along with attending numerous workshops of nationally and internationally recognized artists. Jennifer is a juror for the arts at the Kent County Fair, the Artist Chair for the Fallasburg Art Festival in Lowell, Michigan, and the Chair of artists for the Fallasburg Village Festival.

 

Sun June 2, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Father's Day Cards - Relief Printing with Mark Videan

Foam printing offers countless creative possibilities. Learn how to design a print, emboss it into a sheet of foam, ink, and print your design. This is a fun, easy, safe way to create beautiful cards. A great process for kids to learn the principles of printmaking with no need for sharp tools. All materials will be supplied.

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

 

Sat June 15, 2024

Member Price: $36.00

Non-Member Price: $40.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Relief Printmaking Class with Mark Videan

Make your own art prints. Foam printing offers countless creative possibilities. Learn how to design a print, emboss it into a sheet of foam, ink, and print your design. This is a fun, easy, safe way to create beautiful prints. A great process for kids (and adults) to learn the principles of printmaking with no need for sharp tools. All materials will be supplied.

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit.

 

Sat June 22, 2024

Member Price: $67.50

Non-Member Price: $75.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Two-Day Handmade Paper and Paper Pulp Sculpting Workshop with Sally Rose

Workshop Description:  Create forms that capture the beauty of natural materials and handmade paper while learning about types of paper pulp, pigments for coloring, and finishing techniques. Using a technique called “pulp welding,” participants will learn how to create forms by making handmade paper pulp to bond clusters of twigs, stems, and bits of treasure without using glue, modeling the pulp into shapes and forms. Basic vessel forms or thick wall plaques can be created in this 2-day workshop.

All supplies included.

Instructor Info:  Sally Rose taught papermaking for 33 years as head of the fiber arts program at Central Michigan University. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions all over the world, receiving an honorable mention in the 4th Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea. Sally’s work is included in the Lark Books 500 series -- 500 Paper Objects: New Dimensions in Paper Art, and is represented in the collections of the R.C. Williams Papermaking Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Budapest Museum of Fine Art in Hungary.

Sat June 22, 2024

Member Price: $157.50

Non-Member Price: $175.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Reduction Printmaking Workshop with Mark Videan

Make your own multicolor art prints. Reduction printing is a method of printing multiple colors using only one printing block. Learn how to design a print, transfer your drawing to a printing block, carve, ink, and print your colorful design. All materials will be supplied.

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

 

 

Sat June 29, 2024

Member Price: $85.50

Non-Member Price: $95.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Dive into Monoprinting - Gelli Plate workshop with Lorrie Abdo

Learn how to make beautifully simple (or more complex) prints using paint, stencils, masks, mark making tools, botanicals, fabric and a gelatin plate. Using a soft printing plate with additive and subtractive mark making techniques creates monoprints without the need for a press. These prints can be used for books, collage, greeting cards, calligraphic backgrounds, 2D art and more. This is a high energy, low stress, process oriented workshop providing the opportunity to play with color, texture and design. If giving it a go for your first time, you’ll be amazed with your results and if you’ve experimented before with this technique, you’ll have a chance to continue your exploration of the endless possibilities. Consider taking this class with Introduction to Block Printing and combine what you learn!

Instructor Info:  Lorrie Grainger Abdo is a multi media artist working in papermaking, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and paste painting. She serves as the Administrative Director at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and teaches a variety of workshops and exhibits her work throughout Michigan.

Tue July 9, 2024

Member Price: $72.00

Non-Member Price: $80.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Intro to Wood Block Printing - Printmaking Workshop with Lorrie Abdo

Easier to carve than traditional linoleum, Speedy-carve is a high-density rubber material that is great for making stamps and original printing blocks. You’ll learn tips on how to carve your block(s) with your own designs and then experiment with repeating patterns and printing on beautiful backgrounds. We’ll be working on paper in class to make cards and frame-able art, but you could use your stamps at home to print on fabric to create beautiful cloth napkins, table runners, tea towels and more. Consider taking this class with Dive into Monoprinting and combine what you learn!

Instructor Info:  Lorrie Grainger Abdo is a multi media artist working in papermaking, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and paste painting. She serves as the Administrative Director at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and teaches a variety of workshops and exhibits her work throughout Michigan.

Wed July 10, 2024

Member Price: $85.50

Non-Member Price: $95.00

Available Spaces: 9

 
Relief Printmaking Class with Mark Videan

Make your own art prints. Foam printing offers countless creative possibilities. Learn how to design a print, emboss it into a sheet of foam, ink, and print your design. This is a fun, easy, safe way to create beautiful prints. A great process for kids (and adults) to learn the principles of printmaking with no need for sharp tools. All materials will be supplied.

Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit.

 

Sat July 13, 2024

Member Price: $67.50

Non-Member Price: $75.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Cyanotype Photo Prints with Mark Videan

An alternative photographic technique using sunlight to develop images on specially treated paper or fabric. Objects such as twigs, leaves, flowers, feathers, paper cut-outs, netting, lace, are placed on the paper and exposed to the sun or an ultraviolet lamp. UV exposure leaves images of the objects on paper, creating photograms. All materials will be supplied.

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit.

 

Sat July 27, 2024

Member Price: $67.50

Non-Member Price: $75.00

Available Spaces: 6

 
Linocut Printmaking Workshop with Mark Videan

Make your own art prints. Linocut, or linoleum block printing offers countless creative possibilities. Learn how to design a print, transfer your drawing to a printing block, carve, ink, and print your design. All materials will be supplied.

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit. He teaches at, and his work is exhibited regularly in, regional art centers and galleries.

 

Sat August 10, 2024

Member Price: $67.50

Non-Member Price: $75.00

Available Spaces: 9