Louise GrunewaldLouise Grunewald

5 Days
$5 Supply Fee

Instructor Bio

Louise Grunewald teaches lettering, design, and printmaking workshops nationally and maintains her studio, Western Hands, in Durango, Colorado. Her artistic passions include lettering, Solarplate printmaking, watermedia painting, drawing, and the book arts. The texts in her books are her own original writing.

Louise’s studio work is largely inspired by time spent outdoors, and often taken from her sketchbook impressions of the natural world. Her work can be seen in numerous private and public collections, including the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, and the Klingspor Museum of Book and Letter Arts in Offenbach, Germany.

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Class Description

On a two-dimensional surface such as paper, artists most often work with a square or rectangular format. From the very beginning, we “come in for a landing” onto this shape, circling as we decide where to place our elements. Concurrently, a square or circle placed within the picture plane can be a grounding element for other parts of the composition. This class will explore the following:

– combining text or letter shapes with background or illustration shapes
– considering different energies: the balance between static and dynamic shapes, formal and informal, feminine and masculine
– breaking out of the box of the page border, breaking into the box of the square
– inquiring about our creative intentions: how we make art and why we make art
– catalyzing excitement for future projects

Our class will be a balancing act of sorts. In a fun and supportive atmosphere, we will free play with our materials and ideas as a way of opening up to seemingly endless possibilities. We will look at letterforms as both text and a design elements. Later we will harness these energies into page designs that can stand on their own with integrity while remaining unique to the individual who created them.

Supply List

Please bring your favorite tools and perhaps some that you have never tried but would like to. I will be bringing along some materials for you to experiment with (which is what the materials fee is for) but do not want to create a huge list of things that you may not use later. Some of the tools and materials that will be used in demonstrations and exercises include:

Arches Text Wove half sheets
Bring 10 half sheets ( I am guessing at this because it will depend on your working speed)
Also cut or tear 2 or 3 ATW half sheets into six 8 x 10” sheets for our working portfolio. This can be
done with almost no paper waste.
One sheet of cover stock, like Strathmore Artagain, any color, for our portfolio. At least 16 x 20” in size.
Walnut and sumi inks
At least two colors of transparent watercolor paints that will mix together in a pleasing way (your choice)
White and black gouache
Palette for mixing paints
Dr Martin’s Pen White (if you have it)
White china marker
Graphite pencils of various hardnesses (bring what you have….just a #2 or equivalent is enough)
A few colored pencils that harmonize with your watercolor colors
Your “usual” calligraphy pens of all sizes, plus any large ones, like Automatic, Cola, Tim’s, etc.
Pointed and flat brushes (bring what you have, but of good quality)
One large flat brush for laying down washes, at least 1” wide. A better quality brush will give a better result. Suggestions: a Japanese Hake brush (2 or 3” wide) or a Winsor Newton Series 995. You can get these for a pretty reasonable price at Dick Blick.
Pipettes or Fine Line Applicators (whatever you have)
At least two ample sized water containers (like old large yogurt containers)
Glue stick
Bone folder
Small sponge
Rags or paper towels
Scissors, exacto knife (or scalpel), ruler, triangle or T-square
Masking or drafting tape
Apron or smock
Text: bring a text of any length to work with throughout the class ……..something that inspires or moves you. Your own writing would be great too!
(Supply list updated 4/25/2018)


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