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Foosaner Art Museum Features Clay Printmaking Workshop Feb. 18

MELBOURNE, FLA. –The Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology, will present a Clay Printmaking Workshop with Mitch Lyons Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Renee Foosaner Education Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students will learn how to makeclay monoprintsby adding colored clay slips, colored clays, handmade pastels, textures, stencils and slip trailing to a wet slab of clay. Lyons will demonstrate his unique printing process in the morning. During lunch he will show two seven-minuteDVDs to further emphasize the process. After lunch students will make clayprintsusing the above techniques.

Lyons, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degreeinprintmaking from the University of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Tyler School of Art, began to explore the idea of printing with clay in 1968. In 1980, he successfully rolled out a 6 foot x 6 foot slab of clay and uses this wet clay slab to pull all of hisclay monoprints.

He has had exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, France, England, Greece and throughout the United States and in September 2011 the Printmaking Center in Somerville, N.J., invited Lyons toexhibit 35 of hisclayprints. He is collected in several museums, such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art,NoyseMuseum, West Bend Museum and many private andcooperativecollections. Over the past 10 years he has taught over 100 workshops all over the world.

The workshop is limited to 10 students. Participants may register online at foosanerartmuseum.org or over the phone with a credit card by calling (321) 254-7782.

Participants should bring a bag lunch for a 30-minute lunch break. The cost for the one day hands-on workshop is $125 for non-members, and $110 for members and FIT students. There is a $20 supply fee that includes 25 pounds of clay.

The Foosaner Education Center is located at 1520 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.

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