Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 15 through 17, the Farnsworth Art Museum will offer a gelatin-printing and bookmaking workshop at the museum’s Gamble Education Center on the corner of Union and Grace streets. Led by Sandy Nault, the workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Gelatin printing is a fun, fast and spontaneous process; and the basic materials are inexpensive, non-toxic and clean up with water. No printing press or drawing skills are required to create a detailed and layered monotype print. Participants will learn how to make their own gelatin plate, how to break it down and restore it. They will create stencils, masks, and stamps to use in the printing process.

Layering will be explored, as well as how to pull a “ghost print” and utilize common items including found and natural objects as mark-making tools. On the final day, the printed papers will be used to make a handmade artist book.

Nault has been a docent at the Farnsworth for more than 10 years, where she often has the opportunity to teach school students how to make art and paint with various media. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Southern Maine and has studios in Lincolnville and New Smyrna Beach, Fla. She paints in various media including watercolor, oil and acrylics; and has been gelatin printing for five years.

The fee for this program is $260, $220 for Farnsworth members. To register, visit

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