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SHY RABBIT announces October workshops

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts announces the final two sessions of Printmaking without a Press that will be offered in 2011.

WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT will resume in March of 2012.

Sign up now before these very popular classes fill! No previous experience necessary for introductory Printmaking without a Press 1.

Treat yourself to a weekend filled with creativity, social interaction and the satisfaction that come with learning something new. You will be amazed by the results, and how far you will advance in one short weekend!

Class size is kept small for individualized attention and advanced learning.

Dates and times as listed below.

WORK-Shops@SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious and comfortable 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios.

Since being introduced to the public in 2007 as part of the WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT Program, Printmaking without a Press has become one of SHY RABBIT’s most popular and regularly attended classes, drawing in students from throughout the country.

Printmaking without a Press utilizes a unique hand-pressed printing process called “Reductive Ink”™, designed and developed nearly 25 years ago by professional artist and workshop instructor D. Michael Coffee.

Participants will be introduced to the basics of Coffee’s unique printmaking technique, and will learn how it can replicate traditional printmaking processes without the use of harmful chemicals or expensive printmaking presses.

Students are provided with a materials list, and are encouraged to advance at their own pace by practicing this remarkable printmaking technique in the privacy of their own home.

Printmaking without a Press is also designed for those with traditional printmaking experience, and is geared to enhance existing skill levels in preparation for intermediate and advanced classes, if desired.

Coffee’s monotypes have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the country, and are included in dozens of national and international private and public corporations.

Testimonials by previous workshop participants include:

“I just wanted to thank you, once again, for the class this past weekend. I found it challenging yet energizing.”  

“I wanted to thank you for the great workshop. It was a wonderful weekend. I truly enjoyed the creative process.... my head is full of ideas!”

“Mike is a great teacher — always finding the best in everyone’s work, and making them feel like they are doing something important personally and for the greater good.”  

“Thanks so much for an exciting printmaking workshop.  I was impressed with Michael’s clear and concise teaching.  I appreciate the well thought out procedures for the printmaking techniques.” 

“This was a true highlight of the summer.  Fabulous facility, knowledgeable, creative and supportive learning environment.  And you should see our prints!  We rocked that class!  Thanks Michael and Denise.”  

For additional information on Coffee’s work, and to view his biography and resume, visit

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Visa and M/C payment accepted.

Online registration is also available for all workshops at:

Printmaking without a Press I

Prerequisite: None.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days.

Course fee: $235; Includes all necessary course materials, inks and paper.

This introductory workshop also functions as a great refresher for students who have traditional experience and are interested in learning this exciting, low-tech method of printmaking.

Printmaking without a Press 2

Prerequisite: Printmaking without a Press 1.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days.

Course fee: $250; Includes all necessary course materials, inks and paper.

Students will learn the methods necessary to integrate color into the printmaking process during this intense two-day intermediate workshop.

For a full course description or for more information regarding this or any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit:

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard, and west of the City Market complex.

The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

SHY RABBIT is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge — and evenings by appointment. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

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