NEW BERN — Join artist-in-residence Julie Niskanen at Tryon Palace this month and learn the art of printmaking — with a historical twist! A professional printmaker and teaching artist based in Raleigh, Julie specializes in mezzotint and etching techniques to closely observe and record the world around her.
This month’s workshop will be held Thursday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center and will focus on the Palace gardens, including the Kitchen Garden, where visitors can observe the kinds of plants that sustained early settlers to this area. With inspiration from the natural and formal landscapes and gardens, participants will build their observation skills, see the gardens in a new way, and learn how small details can change their perception of a person or a place.
Participants will have time in the gardens to make sketches or photographs (bring a digital camera or camera phone) before returning to the History Center, where Julie will teach how to create a unique monotype print from their studies, using her Civil War-era portable iron printing press.
The workshop will begin at the North Carolina History Center at 529 South Front Street in New Bern and is appropriate for ages 16 and up. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes for walking in the garden.
The cost of the workshop is $15, including materials, and space is limited. For registration, call Visitor Services at 252-639-3519 to make your reservation.