Blackout meditation Workshop

Looking for an affordable new way to unwind?

Join me, Deb Eck, program director and resident teaching artist, as I gently guide you through the relaxing art of blackout meditation. What is that? It’s an art form I invented many decades ago, a mash up of blackout poetry, doodling and occasionally some drawing & coloring.

This session will cover the how-to-get-started basics, along with a few different techniques you can use to take your blackouts to the next level. Absolutely NO prior art experience needed!

Previous Blackout students are always welcome to join us!

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Before the class you will need to assemble a few simple supplies:

A pencil and eraser,

a book you are willing to use to write on/in,

a sharpie or two (I use an ultra fine point and a regular fat sharpie most of the time)

In addition its nice to have – but not essential –

a white gel pen – Posca pens, uniball or jellyroll pens are all great choices

some colored pencils and/or markers

a small set of alphabet stamps & an ink pad

Stencils that fit the size of your book (or smaller)

 

block printing on fabric – session 3

Join our resident teaching artist, Deb Eck, and learn the traditional art of block printing on fabric. Over three sessions, (Friday evening June 4th, plus two sessions on June 5th) students will learn how to safely use the tools needed for linoleum printing, then design and carve their own blocks, before printing them onto fabric. In class we will print our final design onto tea towels, but students are welcome to bring their own fabric items also. The class fee includes all materials, blocks and inks, fabric and paper for test printing, plus tea towels for the final project, along with use of all the tools and equipment.

This will be an IN PERSON class. While we wait on our new location to be finished we will be using the art rooms at Infinity Visual and Performing arts in Jamestown, NY. All local covid regulations will be observed.

Not local or not ready for in-person attendance yet? Join us via zoom instead. Reserve your class spot, then email Deb @ pearlcityclayhouse.org to arrange shipping for your class kit and to discuss the necessary tools.

A three session class – book your ticket in the listing for session 1!

block printing on fabric – session 2

Join our resident teaching artist, Deb Eck, and learn the traditional art of block printing on fabric. Over three sessions, (Friday evening June 4th, plus two sessions on June 5th) students will learn how to safely use the tools needed for linoleum printing, then design and carve their own blocks, before printing them onto fabric. In class we will print our final design onto tea towels, but students are welcome to bring their own fabric items also. The class fee includes all materials, blocks and inks, fabric and paper for test printing, plus tea towels for the final project, along with use of all the tools and equipment.

This will be an IN PERSON class. While we wait on our new location to be finished we will be using the art rooms at Infinity Visual and Performing arts in Jamestown, NY. All local covid regulations will be observed.

Not local or not ready for in-person attendance yet? Join us via zoom instead. Reserve your class spot, then email Deb @ pearlcityclayhouse.org to arrange shipping for your class kit and to discuss the necessary tools.

A three session class – book your ticket in the listing for session 1!

 

block printing on fabric – session 1

Join our resident teaching artist, Deb Eck, and learn the traditional art of block printing on fabric. Over three sessions, (Friday evening June 4th, plus two sessions on June 5th) students will learn how to safely use the tools needed for linoleum printing, then design and carve their own blocks, before printing them onto fabric. In class we will print our final design onto tea towels, but students are welcome to bring their own fabric items also. The class fee includes all materials, blocks and inks, fabric and paper for test printing, plus tea towels for the final project, along with use of all the tools and equipment.

This will be an IN PERSON class. While we wait on our new location to be finished we will be using the art rooms at Infinity Visual and Performing arts in Jamestown, NY. All local covid regulations will be observed.

Not local or not ready for in-person attendance yet? Join us via zoom instead. Reserve your class spot, then email Deb at pearlcityclayhouse.org to arrange shipping for your class kit and to discuss the necessary tools.

Book Now!

Coptic Binding

 

Join book and paper artist Deb Eck and learn this traditional binding technique. Coptic binding was employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century. It is a popular binding style because the finished book lies completely flat when opened making it perfect for writing or sketching.

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A KIT, you can find it in the shop here.

*If you already have some bookbinding tools and materials, you can request a supply list in lieu of the kit.

Long-Link Stitch Binding

Join our resident book and paper artist, Deb Eck, on night 3 of our mini book intensive, and learn a traditional style of binding which originated in Germany and was in use between 1375 and 1500.  We will use some contemporary recycled materials, including a brown paper lunch bag, to replicate this glue- free binding.

THIS CLASS REQUIRES A KIT – you can find it in our online shop here.

Or you can assemble your own materials and tools – email us for the list.

 

Ribbon Journal

Learn this traditional sewn binding technique while creating a customized journal to keep or gift. Usually this binding would be sewn on tapes and then hidden under the spine of the book – but we are going to show it off by sewing over ribbons and leaving the spine exposed!

Order a kit for this workshop from the online shop – you can customize it by supplementing your own ribbons for the ones included in the kit.

*If you already have some bookbinding tools and materials, you can request a supply list in lieu of the kit.

Mixed Media Journal

This workshop will kick off a mini intensive, four book-binding workshops running on consecutive nights, take one or join us for them all, for an introduction to the art of books. In this workshop we will learn a simple pamphlet stitch binding, and then explore ways to use it to make more complex structures, including this fun mixed media journal from a recycled hardback book.  This structure requires very minimal tools and you will get a complete supply list when you register.

Ribbon Journal

Learn this traditional sewn binding technique while creating a customized journal to keep or gift. Usually this binding would be hidden under the spine of the book – but we are going to show it off by leaving the spine exposed!

Order a kit for this workshop from the online shop – you can customize it by supplementing your own ribbons for the ones included in the kit.

*If you already have some bookbinding tools and materials, you can request a supply list in lieu of the kit.

blackout meditation group

NOT a workshop or instructional class, but a group for those who want to practice blackout style work and share their ideas and tips with each other.

Deb will start each session with an inspirational quote we can use as a jumping off point for the week’s work if you so choose. Then we will co-work together. Bring your own music or share in the week’s choice. This is chance to relax and get together to share our blackout journeys.

We will start the year out on zoom, but hopefully we will actually be able to get together as the year goes on!

Class Guide

  • Root

    Beginner level classes suitable for everyone.

  • Shoot

    Ready for a little more of a challenge?

    These classes build on skills from root level classes – but may still be suitable for those with little experience. Not sure if the class is for you, just ask us.

  • Bloom

    Get ready to REALLY grow your skills!

    Classes for students with experience. Our teaching artists will identify what skills you should already have. If you are unsure if a class is for you, please ask, we’d be happy to help you!