I just returned from a wonderful week–long printmaking workshop in Andalusia, near Granada, Spain. Maureen Booth, who has lived in Spain with her husband, Mike Booth WorldPrintmakers.com since the 1960’s, is a very accomplished printmaker who runs workshops for individuals or groups throughout the year. Her studio, looking out on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is well equipped for many printmaking techniques.
During my week with Maureen I learned to use solar plates in many different ways. I made solar plate etchings, relief prints, prints using some of the dried local plants that Maureen collects, and prints made from a charcoal drawing on glass. The plates can also be made from photographic or computer images. The process is very quick and simple (or so it seemed with such a good teacher), is non-toxic, requires no expensive equipment, and is suitable for my home studio. At the end of the week I made a very nice small edition of one of the prints.
Maureen also works with artists on other techniques, including traditional etching. Workshops are flexible, from a week to months. Artists stay in a lovely small cottage (a refurbished chicken coop) with a kitchen and a balcony (and a friendly small dog if you miss your own pet) on their property. It is a five to ten minute walk to the village of Pinos Genil, and Granada is less than an hour by bus.
All in all, a beautiful place to relax and do some serious printmaking, as well as a good starting point for a Spanish vacation (I went on to Barcelona after the workshop). For more information about Maureen and the workshops visit her websites: