Symmetrycks II

13 Nov

Visiting Artist Koichi Yamamoto


CLASS DATE:  December 12th and 13th.

Time: 11:00 to 2:00pm

Fee: $150.00 includes all your materials.

Register for the class by paying a non-refundable deposit $25.00 by November 30th, 2015.  You can mail a check; Saltgrass Printmakers, 2126 South 1000 East, SLC UT 84106 or drop by Saltgrass to pay with a credit card (TH/F/SAT 11 to 3pm)

Workshop limited to Eight participants

Workshop technical focus: Copper Plate Etching introducing a variety of ground applications (ball, smoke and soft grounds).  This workshop will explore print processes to discover diverse compositions.  We will experiment with Intaglio with tradition copper and alternative matrices.  If you already have some intaglio plates please bring them. We will print in many different ways, if not, we will make a lot of monotypes and collage them up.

Muscle memory, also known as motor learning, is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition. When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task; eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems.

Skill Level: All skill levels are welcome. Some printmaking would be helpful, but not necessary. Koichi is an incredible instructor! Past workshop participants have left Koichi’s workshop with extremely sophisticated prints….and it was too much fun!


Koichi Yamamoto is an artist who merges the traditional and contemporary by creating unique and innovative approaches to the language of printmaking.  Koichi has worked with meticulous copper engravings to large-scale relief and intaglio prints. His current works are in large-scale monotypes and intaglio prints that exemplify a contemporary.  His international aesthetic developed from upbringing in Osaka, Japan and Experience in the western U.S. He moved to Dayton, Wyoming in 1983 where he recognized importance of communication through visual.  Completed BFA at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon in 1992 then moved to Krakow, Poland for search of Lithography stones.  Continue producing works in Warsaw, Poland until 1994 and attended Bratislava Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia in 1994-95 to study copper engravings.   From 1995-96 he produced monotypes in Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland.   Completed MFA at University of Alberta, Canada in 1999 and worked as a textile designer in Fredericia, Denmark in 2000. Koichi’s prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, atmosphere, light and history through various representation of landscape.  He has exhibited throughout U.S., Canada, Japan, Poland, Denmark, UK, Germany, South Korea, China, India, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ireland.  He has taught at Utah State University and University of Delaware and currently an Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Most recent achievement is climbing to the top of Volcan Cotopaxi (19,347’) in Ecuador.

Saltgrass is excited to support the University of Utah Art Teaching Club’s first art show and fundraiser.

13 Nov


The opening is FRIDAY, November 13th, FROM 6-9 pm.  We are having this sale to help us raise funds to bring as many students as possible to the Statewide Arts Education conference in February located in Hurricane.  Students involved with the Art Teaching program at the University of Utah, will be showing works from their individual areas of focus in the Art Department; 3D, Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Printmaking.

Please stop by this Friday to see what the U of U Art Teachings students have created and perhaps take home an addition to your art collection.  Art Teaching Club advisors, Beth Krensky and Sandy Brunvand will also have works available at the fundraiser.

We are located at 2126 South 10th East.  We hope to see you at SaltGrass this Friday!