Vargas Print Studio:

Vargas Print Studio on erilaisiin painomenetelmiin, kuten silkki-, syvä- ja kohopainatukseen keskittynyt taiteilijavetoinen studio- ja workshoptila Helsingin Vallilassa. Taidegrafiikan teokset painetaan perinteisin metodein sekä korkealuokkaisia musteita ja hienolaatuisia arkistopapereita käyttäen. Kaikki työt valmistellaan, viimeistellään ja signeerataan käsityönä taiteilijan toimesta. Studio pyrkii ylläpitämään tietoisuutta perinteisten painomenetelmien mahdollisuuksista nykytaiteessa sekä lisäämään kunnioitusta taidegrafiikan arvokkaita käytänteitä, kuten käsin vedostusta, pieniä painosmääriä sekä fyysistä työskentelyä kohtaan. Yksilöllisiä, rajoitetuin erin valmistettuja grafiikantöitä on myynnissä studiolla. Vargas Print Studio mahdollistaa myös elinikäisen oppimisen järjestämällä työpajoja erilaisille yleisöille, kuten vieraileville taiteilijoille sekä paikallisille yhteisöille, jotka ovat kiinnostuneita oppimaan painotekniikoista ja kartuttamaan yksityiskohtaisempaa tietoa eri menetelmistä. Kurssitiedot sekä hinnasto ovat saatavilla pyynnöstä.
Tervetuloa! Välkommen!

And here is the link for the website: https://www.vargasprintstudio.com/

 

Workshops

2022 Summer Workshops at Vargas Print Studio, teacher Rita Vargas
Ouluntie 3, Helsinki


These classes are social, relaxed sessions aimed at all abilities.
Language: Finnish & English.

Photopolymer gravure, 24.− 25.5.
Silkscreen printing (basics), 14.−15.5. & 11.−12.6.
Experimental cyanotype, 19.5. & 20.5. & 22.5.
Drypoint as an alternative to etching, 21.5. & 23.5.
Introduction to etching, 26.-27.5.
Applying chine-collé with Japanese paper, 30.5. & 31.5.
Experimental paper lithography / gum arabic transfer, 16.5. & 17.5.


More information below:

Photopolymer gravure, 24.− 25.5., teacher Rita Vargas
Tuesday 10−15h and Wednesday 10−15h
Duration of the workshop: 10h
Price: 270€ including materials
Capacity: max 2.
Address: Ouluntie 3
Registration until 16.5.
rita.vargas(a)gmail.com / phone: 0452215100 / Rita Vargas
Registration until 16.5. and payment is made to Vargas Print Studio FI2415443000117239. Message: Photopolymer workshop and name. We need information for billing purposes. 50% of the workshop fee is made in advance and in case of cancelling, it is not returned.

About the course:
Teaching days: Tuesday − Wednesday 24.5.−25.5. 12−17h

Welcome to photopolymer course. This introductory course will teach you how to use environmentally friendly polymer method as a variation of intaglio method. Photopolymer combines digital media, industrial flexographic photosensitive photopolymer plates with traditional inking and etching techniques. Through photopolymer you can print your photographs or your drawings with high quality results. UV light is used to transfer the image onto the plate and its development will be done with water. You will be able to match your plate with your original photograph and to print it on the etching press! After the workshop, you will come out with a handful of prints and explore the unique expressive possibilities of this method further. In this course, artists with or without experience in printmaking can participate.


Silkscreen printing introduction workshops, 14.−15.5. & 11.−12.6., teacher Rita Vargas
14.5.−15.5. Saturday 10−18h and Sunday 10−18h 
11.−12.6. Saturday 10−18h and Sunday 10−18h
Duration of the workshop: 16h
Price: 250€ p/course and p/person, including materials.
Capacity: max 2.
Address: Ouluntie 3
Registration until 16.5. for the course 14.5.−15.5. and until 31.5. for the course 11.−12.6. to rita.vargas(a)gmail.com / phone: 0452215100 / Rita Vargas.
Registration until 16.5. and 31.5. Payment is made to Vargas Print Studio FI2415443000117239. Message: Silkscreen printing workshop and name. We need information for billing purposes. 50% of the workshop fee is made in advance and in case of cancelling, it is not returned.
About the workshops:
Teaching days: Saturday − Sunday 14.5.−15.5. 10−18h / Saturday – Sunday 11. −12.6. 10-18h

Learn the processes involved in translating drawings and photographs into a screen print. The course will cover everything you need to get you started, from preparing your artwork for print and getting your image onto a screen using photo-stencil technique, to printing and registration, using water-based inks. You can also work on your own projects and receive help with any specific printing skills that you would like to gain. This workshop is perfect for anyone with an interest in screen printing, either beginners or those who want to build upon any existing skills. All materials and equipment provided. This workshop is tailored according to the participant’s level of knowledge in printmaking. Preference will be given by order of registering. Explore this diverse medium in a friendly learning environment using Vargas Print Studio facilities.

Timetable: 
Saturday 14.5. (10−18h) (the same applies for 11.6. course)
What is silkscreen and what can I do with it? 
Some examples will be shown, and some limitations will be discussed. The focus will be on the technical process of your image before we can start printing. You will be asked to work on your own theme, after that your image will be processed and printed on transparencies. 
We will also take care of the screen and apply photosensitive emulsion. 
While the emulsion is drying, we will prepare and cut the positives for UV exposure.
We will expose the screen, wash the image, correct pinholes, and expose again.

Sunday 15.5. (10−18h) (The same applies for 12.6. course)
We will learn how to prepare the inks, decide colours, and prepare/cut the papers for printing. 
We will print your image! We will print in turns, where one person prints and the other assists, and then the other way around. I will be present and help if needed. 
After that we will sign and learn what edition means and what are the most used terminations in printmaking rules of conduct (or no rules at all). 
We will then finish learning how to clean the studio after printing and maintain the screen by washing out the image and emulsion away with special products.


Experimental cyanotype workshops, 19.5. & 20.5. & 22.5., teacher Rita Vargas
Thursday 16−20h 
Friday 16−20h
Sunday 16−20h
Duration of the workshop: 4h
Price: 79€ p/course/day/person, including materials.
Capacity: max 5.
Address: Ouluntie 3
Registration until 16.5.
rita.vargas(a)gmail.com / phone: 0452215100 / Rita Vargas
Registration until 16.5. and payment is made to Vargas Print Studio FI2415443000117239. Message: Cyanotype workshop and name. We need information for billing purposes. 50% of the workshop fee is made in advance and in case of cancelling, it is not returned.
About the course:
Teaching days: Thursday 16−20h / Friday 16−20h / Sunday 16−20h

Welcome to the blue printing method! Cyanotype (or blue print) is a photographic technique discovered in 1842 by the English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel. In this workshop, we will learn how to mix a photosensitive solution with potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate, coat the paper with it and expose it later with ultraviolet light (or Sunlight). This is a technique that can be done with kids and especially families and who would like to have some fun with a group of friends, while at the same time, learn new skills. You will develop your image through different stages on this one-day taster course and come out with a handful of prints! This workshop is tailored according to the participant’s level of knowledge in printmaking. Preference will be given by order of registering.



Drypoint as an alternative to etching, 21.5. & 23.5., teacher Rita Vargas
Saturday 11−15h 
Monday 11−15h
Duration of the workshop: 4h
Price: 79€ p/course/day/person, not including materials.
Capacity: max 5.
Address: Ouluntie 3
Registration until 16.5.
rita.vargas(a)gmail.com / phone: 0452215100 / Rita Vargas
Registration until 16.5. and payment is made to Vargas Print Studio FI2415443000117239. Message: Drypoint workshop and name. We need information for billing purposes. 50% of the workshop fee is made in advance and in case of cancelling, it is not returned.

About the course:
Teaching days: Saturday 11−15h / Monday 11−15h

Using copper plates, you will be shown how to express images through different mark making techniques. Drypoint has a singular quality, giving strong and raw lines. You will develop your image through different stages on this one-day taster course and come out with a handful of prints.
In these workshops, participants will learn the principles of drypoint, its instruments and methods. Participants will learn how to draw in metal, ink and produce a small edition on paper under professional guidelines, tools, and equipment. Participants will have access to professional tools, colours, and equipment for further independent practice. Professional printmakers and artists can use the time to explore the technique at its most and are able to produce editions on paper during the workshop time, with or without professional guidance. 
Drypoint workshop is tailored according to the participant’s level of knowledge in printmaking. Preference will be given by order of registering.


Introduction to etching, 26.-27.5., teacher Rita Vargas
Thursday 15−20h 
Friday 15−20h
Duration of the workshop: 10h
Price: 79€ p/course/person, not including materials.
Capacity: max 3.
Address: Ouluntie 3
Registration until 16.5.
rita.vargas(a)gmail.com / phone: 0452215100 / Rita Vargas
Registration until 16.5. and payment is made to Vargas Print Studio FI2415443000117239. Message: Etching workshop and name. We need information for billing purposes. 50% of the workshop fee is made in advance and in case of cancelling, it is not returned.

About the course:
Teaching days: Thursday 15−20h − Friday 15−20h

Welcome to the etching workshop! Using copper plates, the participants will learn how to apply methods for etching. Through the application of hard ground, the participants will draw directly on the prepared surface and experiment different stages of etching on the plate, ink and produce a small edition on paper under professional guidelines, tools, and equipment. Participants will have access to professional tools and colours. Professional printmakers and artists can use the time to explore the technique at its most and are able to produce editions on paper during the workshop time, with or without professional guidance. This etching workshop is tailored according to the participant’s level of knowledge in printmaking. Preference will be given by order of registering.


Applying chine-collé with Japanese paper, 30.5. & 31.5., teacher Rita Vargas
Monday 15−20h 
Tuesday 15−20h
Duration of the workshop: 5h
Price: 79€ p/course/person, including Japanese paper with exception to printing paper.
Capacity: max 3.
Adress: Ouluntie 3
Registration until 16.5.
rita.vargas(a)gmail.com / phone: 0452215100 / Rita Vargas
Registration until 16.5. and payment is made to Vargas Print Studio FI2415443000117239. Message: Chine colle workshop and name. We need information for billing purposes. 50% of the workshop fee is made in advance and in case of cancelling, it is not returned.

About the course:
Teaching days: Monday 15−20h / Tuesday15−20h

Welcome to the chine-collé workshop! Using copper plates, the participants will have the opportunity to prepare and work the plate with drypoint techniques, to ink, learn how to apply two different methods for using coloured Japanese paper and produce a small edition on paper under professional guidelines, tools, and equipment. Participants will have access to professional tools and colours. Professional printmakers and artists can use the time to explore the technique at its most and are able to produce editions on paper during the workshop time, with or without professional guidance. This workshop is tailored according to the participant’s level of knowledge in printmaking. Preference will be given by order of registering.


Experimental paper lithography / gum arabic transfer, 16.5. & 17.5., teacher Rita Vargas
Monday 15−20h 
Tuesday 15−20h
Duration of the workshop: 5h
Price: 79€ p/course/person, not including paper.
Capacity: max 5.
Adress: Ouluntie 3
Registration until 16.5.
rita.vargas(a)gmail.com / phone: 0452215100 / Rita Vargas
Registration until 16.5. and payment is made to Vargas Print Studio FI2415443000117239. Message: Paper Lithography workshop and name. We need information for billing purposes. 50% of the workshop fee is made in advance and in case of cancelling, it is not returned.

About the course:
Teaching days: Monday 15−20h / Tuesday15−20h

Participants will learn how to use gum arabic transfer (sometimes called paper lithography) to create images on paper from carbon photocopies. Inks are provided and papers are available for purchase at the studio, there is a price list. Suitable for all - experienced or not. Professional printmakers and artists can use the time to explore the technique at its most and are able to produce editions on paper during the workshop time, with or without professional guidance. This workshop is tailored according to the participant’s level of knowledge in printmaking. Preference will be given by order of registering.

Vargas Print Studio activities are supported by TAIKE, Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


Note: 171x100cm door. No access for a wheelchair. Max.10 people. WC.