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Printmaking Without a Press added to SHY RABBIT 2012 workshop schedule

Registration is still open for January sessions of PhotoShop Basics and Photograph Your Work at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts.

A February session of Introductory Printmaking without a Press 1 has also just been added. No previous experience required.

Sign up now, before these very popular classes fill. Dates and times as listed below.

Gift certificates are also available by request.

WORK-Shops@SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious and comfortable 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios, and are kept small for individualized attention and faster learning.

Professional artist and workshop instructor D. Michael Coffee has been teaching these classes since their inception in 2007, and continues to draw in new and repeat students from throughout the country. 

For additional information on Coffee, please visit

PhotoShop Basics

This introductory PhotoShop course will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Course fee: $90; includes use of studio equipment as needed.

PhotoShop Basics is also designed for those with PhotoShop experience, and serves as a great refresher course.

This enormously valuable and fact-filled workshop will cover the general principles of PhotoShop manipulation specific to the needs of artists.

The information provided is also applicable to those that would simply like to learn more about PhotoShop for their own personal use.

Instruction will focus on image/file formats, image sizing, cropping and image correction.

It will cover accepted practices for submission requirements to juried competitions, publications and newspapers (both online and hardcopy). The preparation of images to be used in promotional materials and website use will also be discussed.

Photograph Your Work

Are you an artist who would you like to start taking your own high-quality, professional pictures for documentation purposes and/or for presentation to galleries or online sales sites?

This two-day class will enable you to do exactly that, and more.

The information provided is also applicable to those that would simply like to learn more about photography for their own personal use, such as with the documentation of antique or fine art collections for insurance purposes.

Utilization of “off the shelf,” inexpensive alternatives to pricey photographic equipment will be at the core of this workshop.

This comprehensive course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days. Course fee: $195; includes use of studio equipment, computers, CD and misc. consumable materials, as needed.

No previous digital photo experience required.

Photograph Your Work is a high content, digital photographic workshop that is designed to expose artists to the methods necessary to capture, manipulate, save and send digital images of their work for use in the development of their professional careers.

This comprehensive “low impact” digital photo workshop is designed for artists that understand the importance of taking control of the presentation of their work.

The workshop will focus on lighting, exposures, depth of field, image/file formats, image cropping and image correction.

Photograph Your Work will cover the general principles of photographing both 2-D and 3-D works of art, with an emphasis on the accepted practices for submission requirements to juried competitions, publications and newspapers.

The preparation of images to be used in promotional materials and websites will also be discussed.

D. Michael Coffee will present the material through both lecture and demonstrations.

Participants may bring up to three 2-D or 3-D pieces of their work to be photographed as part of the “hands-on” portion of the workshop.

Participants’ photos will be evaluated, corrected (if necessary) and saved to CD to be retained by the workshop participant for their personal use.

The techniques and processes that resulted from Coffee’s methodical trial and error over the course of the past 25 years in the documentation of artworks are the basis for the material to be presented in this valuable workshop.

Printmaking without a Press I

This introductory printmaking course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days both days.

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

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

Participants will be introduced to the basics of this 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 1 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.

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

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Credit card payment accepted.

Online registration is also available for all workshops at

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 currently open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

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