Earth, Water, Fire, Art

When it comes to South Florida, there is an abundance of two things: sun and water. The Girls’ Club will capitalize on Mother Nature’s freebies by teaching artists how to save money, save the Earth, and save their health. Jan Johnson, an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Broward College is leading an all-day, lo-tech, non-toxic, Solarplate printing workshop at the Club on Saturday morning at 10. You don’t need expensive equipment or toxic chemicals; all you need is free, bountiful sunshine and good old water from the tap. To make a Solarplate print, a piece of artwork is laid on top of a light sensitive and water-soluble polymer. When light from the sun (or any UV source) hits the plate, it hardens. The transfer is complete after the still-soluble portions are washed away with water. Bring along watercolor brushes, an apron, an image (five-by-seven scale), and a sack lunch to create your own artwork that will resemble an etching or screen print.

Find the Girls’ Club at 117 NE 2nd St. in Fort Lauderdale. The class costs $60. Visit girlsclubcollection.org.
Sat., Jan. 24, 10 a.m., 2009

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