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Library hosts master printer
August 05, 2013, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal Staff

Photo courtesy of Charles Houston Kathryn Kain, a master printer, works with a student during a printing session.

Redwood City’s Fair Oaks Branch Library will present three sessions of printmaking workshops for children ages 6 to 12 for free, but they are currently full due to space limitations. The instructor, Kathryn Kain, will lead the sessions on Mondays, starting today and running on Aug. 12 and 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Master printer and artist Kain will teach children the basics of monoprinting in this workshop, which was made possible by a $1,350 grant provided by the San Francisco Foundation.

“As a master printer, you work with artists, and in a way, I got used to working with people,” Kain said. “I have the skill to teach, and it’s a lot of fun to work with kids.”

Printmaking is a term covering etching, lithography, silkscreen and monotype — all methods for making fine art multiples. Kain will be guiding the kids through inking Plexiglas plates and printing on damp paper through a small format etching press.

Kain notes printing presses are expensive. Her press cost about $2,000 and larger ones run anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000, and she likes to share hers with others since it’s very rare for kids and others to have access to a press.

“I’m looking forward to working in new community,” Kain said. “I’m looking to see how the space adapts to this kind of use. You never know what you’re going to get, but you always get something really fantastic; these kids have a lot of talent.”

Students will use a small 7-inch-by-10-inch format. Techniques demonstrated may include monotype, stencil, transfer and drypoint depending on the needs of the group. All supplies will be provided along with instruction and guidance by Kain.

They will also use oil based inks and Rives 100 percent rag paper and new techniques will be added each week.

Kain has been a master printer for Smith-Andersen Editions in Palo Alto for 20 years. She also teaches printmaking at Stanford, Santa Clara and San Jose State universities, along with giving private workshops. She has recently completed teaching a summer printmaking program for children ages 12-15 at ArtSeed.

She also currently has an exhibit running at CSMA in Mountain View.

“I like to think of myself first and foremost as an artist, but more well-known as a teacher,” Kain said.

Kain was born in Toledo, Ohio. She moved to California at age 21 in 1979 when she took her first print making class. She has a bachelor’s in fine arts from San Jose State University and a master’s from the San Francisco Art Institute.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105

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