Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Interns-lst day

Remember how mom or dad used to take a picture of you on your first day of school? Well, yesterday was our spring intern's first day at Pyramid. Aren't they a cute bunch? Not only are they cute, but they are super talented; we are lucky to have them.

Left to right-
Carrie Rennolds, James Martin, and Phoebe Doran.

Pyramid Atlantic offers internship opportunities four times a year to 2-4 enthusiastic, engaged, and serious-minded college or post-college artists. Our interns assist resident artists, renters, artistic staff, and with printmaking, papermaking and book arts projects. In addition to hands-on experience with artistic projects, interns gain an understanding of the day-to-day operation of a non-profit art center and gallery.
Interns work for Pyramid Atlantic 10 am-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. Interns, in exchange, are given an opportunity to work on their own art in a creative and unique environment alongside experienced art professionals.
The summer internship application is due April 16th. For more information and an application, visit our internship page on our website

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Edible Book Festival 2010

April 3, 2010
2:00-5:00 PM
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring MD 20910

The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of the Book Workers has partnered with Pyramid for this festival. Paying homage to Brillat-Savarin, the only rules are making edible art that has something to do with books as shapes and/or content. more info on the Guild at

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Register online for our Spring Workshops!

This spring, Pyramid Atlantic is proud to offer workshops for all levels in Printmaking, Papermaking , Book Arts, and more. Enrollment is limited, so register soon!
And....for the first time this summer, we will also be hosting a month long summer intensive art program. Sorry adults, this is for high school Juniors and Seniors only (yes, we have been asked by quite a few adults if they can be in the class, which gives us some ideas for next summer!)
To sign up , go to our workshop registration page on our website

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Making a Good Impression

And speaking of cool invitations....
Yesterday, Sarah Hanks screenprinted some invitations on a rather unusual substrate-wood.

They were so clever and artistic, I just wanted to yank one off the drying rack for myself!
The production was sort of a family affair, as younger sister Mary helped with ironing the wood before the first layer was printed.

First layer.....

Then the second layer.......Give us a call if you would like to learn how to print something special for your event.
Don't have time to print your own? We will do it for ya!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lock and Roll

Today I caught up with Julie Louie, one of our experts in the letterpress studio, while she was cranking away on some really cool invitations.
Watch her go!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Xerox Transfer Demonstration

Have you ever wondered what a xerox transfer is or how to do one?
Then I suggest you watch Selome in action.
You will need a black and white or color fresh xerox copy, acetone or lacquer thinner, gloves, a rag or cotton balls, paper or cloth (substrate you want image to be transferred on to) and adequate ventilation.

First put a clean piece of newsprint down on your table or press bed (Selome is working on our lithography press). Then place your paper that you want the image transferred on to face up, and your xerox copy face down. Now comes the part where you have to work fast.

Put a small amount of acetone or lacquer thinner on a rag or cotton ball and quickly rub the back of the face down xerox. Then place another piece of newsprint on top of that, essentially making a sandwich.

Now crank the sandwich through a press or rub it hard with a spoon or barren. If it doesn't work the first time, don't give up. It takes a little finesse and practice to get the right amount of acetone and the right amount of pressure. Too little acetone won't transfer your image and too much will blur your image.

Take it out of the press and Ta-da!
If you are interested in learning how to do a xerox transfer, give us a call at (301) 608-9101
or email Gretchen at

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Our Volunteers are Priceless

In case you didn't already know it, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center wouldn't be anywhere near as cool as it is today if it weren't for our volunteers.

We owe a lot to these folks who offer their time and talents to support our programs. They run events, help with production art work, answer the phones, and assist us with outreach and education. We are lucky to have volunteers who are motivated, organized, and all kinds of awesome. If you are interested in volunteering at Pyramid Atlantic, please contact Jody at

Thanks ya'll!!