Thursday, June 18, 2009

Airline Secutriy (Ziplock Bag) Art Show

Expressions Graphics is hosting a show zip lock bag art show. If you have traveled by airplane lately you probably know about the rules regarding taking liquids and gels on an airplane. These rules are the motivation behind this show. Create a unique piece of art, put it into a zip lock bag. Mail it to Expressions Graphics. Do not limit yourself to security, or airlines themes.


In accordance with Transportation Safety Administration rules, all artwork must fit into one zip lock bag, no larger than 1 quart. One bag per artist.

Any liquids must be in a container no larger than 3 oz and fit into the quart sized clear zip lock bag. Larger bags will not be accepted, sandwich type bags are also prohibited.

You must comply with TSA rules regarding what can and cannot be put into checked bags, and what can and cannot be put into the carry on zip lock bag. You must also comply with postal rules regarding what can and cannot be shipped.

For a fee, we will put your art on the web (This blog here). Send $5.00 and your name along with your art, we will photograph the art and put it on our blog. There will be no other formal documentation.

If you want your art returned, you must come to Expressions Graphics on the day the show will be taken down to retrieve your art yourself. Date TBD, watch the blog for more info. Or you must send $10 plus a self addressedstamped envelop. No exceptions. (If you really want it returned it would be best to pick it up yourself). Any artwork not picked up, will be disposed of properly. There will be more information on our website for day of take down. As of this writing we have not determined that day.

All art must be received by July 28, 2009. Any art received after that time, may or may not be displayed at the discretion of the curator.

Expressions Graphics reserves the right to exclude any artwork deemed inappropriate. On the other hand we have yet to reject much in the way of art, so have at it.

Labeling and hanging:

Put your name and the name of your piece in, or on the plastic bag. All bags will be hung using clips or tacks. The show will be hung on August 2nd, 2009.

Mail your zip lock bag art to:

Expressions Graphics
29 Harrison St.
Oak Park, IL 60304

Art work may also be dropped off during normal gallery hours, during the month of July.

For more information regarding the TSA plastic bag rules refer to the appropriate TSA security web page.

Prohibited items:

Plastic bag rules:

Expressions Graphics is a fine art printmaking workshop and gallery dedicated to the educating the community about print making.

If you really want more information, send an e-mail to:

2009 Summer Workshops

Rubber Cut Cards Workshop
Using a 2x3 inch rubber block you will transferred a drawing and learn to use carving tools to make a relief print. Put them on a card to send to friends and family. Bring a drawing. Students will also make cards to exchange with other students in the class.
Fee: $18
June 20, Saturday, Noon – 1:00PM
Instructor: Janet Schill

Papermaking for Kids
Instructors: Ruth Patzloff & Janet Schill
Recycling can be fun! Come join us as we make round sheets of paper using a coffee can as a mold and an assortment of recycled paper as our pulp. A great way to turn junk mail into treasures!
Fee: $10
July 18, Saturday, Noon – 1:00PM
Instructor: Ruth Patzloff & Janet Schill

Fish Printing “Gyotaku”

This technique was once used to record fishermen’s daily catch. Now its an art form. Come and experience a fun way of printing. Using a fresh fish and some ink we will be printing on various papers and a T-shirt.
Fee: $15
Aug. 15, Saturday, Noon – 1:00PM
Instructor: Ruth Patzloff & Janet Schill

Making Jewelry with Metal Clay

Metal Clay is a very flexible material similar to clay that when finished is fired in a kiln. The students will make a pendant and a pair of earrings and use cubic zirconium stones. After it is fired, you can wear your fine silver earrings home. Additional Metal Clay may be purchased in class. Max students 6.
Fee: $120
Sept 7th 12-5PM
Instructor: Jennifer Paolinelli

Private Lessons for Printmaking
Please leave your name and number and we will contact you to set a date(s).
Additional materials maybe required by the student. Also ask about semi-private lessons!
Instructors: Janet Schill, Bev Keys, Steve Fisher
Fee: $30

Registration and Requirements
Send an e-mail to info @ to reserve your space, or to request more information.

A payment of 1/2 down on a class will insure a space in a class. All classes have a 3 student minimum and a 8 student maximum. All supplies are included unless otherwise noted. Most workshops can be done anytime. Want to have a private party at our studio? Just grab four or more friends and give us a call.

We offer free open studio time to members and students on Tuesdays from 7:15– 9:15 PM to make up missed classes or to give our students extra time to work on their prints. To schedule an Open Studio session, call Expressions Graphics studio monitor Janet Schill at (708) 447-9262.