was a BLAST!!
We will join the city of Raahe (just south of the arctic circle) in celebrating the Summer Solstice by creating prints in the spirit of the sun at the printshop GRAFIIKANPAJA - AAVA.GRAFIIKANPAJA - AAVA is located in Raahe, Finland right next to the sea. It is run by Raija Korpilla and Juha Laakso. GRAFIIKANPAJA - AAVA translates as the (Open) House of Printmaking - the Finnish word "aava" means "vast open". Raija and Juha use this word to represent their way to observe the phenomena surrounding us. What a perfect match for Printmakers Open Forum!
Master printers,Shelley Thorstensen, Juha Laasko and Raija Korppila will co-teach . They will teach photoetching (ImagOn), Pronto plate lithography, collagraph, multiple plate printing with chine colle, monoprint, and a host of printmaking color techiniques. Sun
Our group lodging is a super-clean Finnish cottage with open floor plans, living room area, kitchen and sauna, just steps from the sea. The average temperature during the Solstice is 70F! Raahe is a favorite destination for the Finnish who will be celebrating the Solstice with lots of public events over several days. We're planning a day trip to a little island called Tasku ("Pocket" in English). It is a beautiful place with a beach. We'll sketch, take pictures, swim and have a picnic. And of course,we'll go to The Old Town and the Historic Museum in Raahe.
We invite you to come adventure, learn, print and experience the celebration of the 24 hours of sun on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia above northernEurope's Baltic Sea.
Course dates: June 21 - June 28, 2014
Workshop cost: $1350. Includes workshop, lodging, breakfast and lunch. Bring a non-workshop friend! Their cost is $950.
Arrive at the Oulu airport, just north of Raahe.