Monday, May 7, 2012

Relief Engraving Workshops 2012!!!!!

Johanna Mueller of FeverishART will be teaching two workshops this summer in two diverse locations! Each workshop will guide students through the art of relief engraving and will outline image development, carving High Impact Poly Styrene Plastic, printing and editioning, as well as some tricks and tips!

A N D E R S O N   R A N C H   A R T   C E N T E R: JULY 16-20, 2012
Anderson Ranch is nestled in the heart of Snowmass, Colorado, surrounded by gorgeous mountain peaks! Treat yourself to time with nature and time in the print studio at this weeklong workshop.  Anderson Ranch produces over 150 workshops per year and is home to a fabulous Artist in Residence Program for emerging and established artists which Johanna participated in 2011. Quite possibly the most amzing setting for an arts workshop! Check them out and hope to see you there!

For Enrollment and class information please visit:

F R O G M A N S:  JULY 9-14, 2012
Frogman's Press and Gallery presents weeklong intensive workshops hosted by the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.  With unique extra-cirricular activities and incredible faculty gathered from across the United States, Frogman's is the largest (and the best) workshop in the country devoted explicitly to the art of Printmaking.  Johanna has been a student, assistant and now a professor at this wonderful art workshop!

For enrollment and class information please visit:

Monday, August 2, 2010

Engraving Workshop at Abecedarian Gallery!

I will be teaching a workshop in conjunction with Abecedarian Gallery:

Relief Engraving Printmaking

Sunday August 29, 2010

12:30 - 4:00pm

Learn the art of wood engraving! We will use High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) to carve small-scale compositions we will print by hand. Learn how to use a traditional engraving burin as well as how to lay out a black and white composition, and carve intricate line work into the material.

For this workshop I will supply high-impact styrene blocks, paper, ink and a set of basic tools for students to use during the workshop. The workshop will be held at Alicia Bailey’s studio, which is just north of Lowry.

Workshop fee is $65 including materials

To hold your space for this workshop, send a non-refundable deposit of $25 to

Abecedarian Gallery 910 Santa Fe, #101, Denver, CO 80204

or you can fax/mail credit card info to 303.479.9556

(include 3 digit CCV & billing address please)

For more information contact Alicia Bailey,

720.282.4052 or 303.340.2110

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summertime Craziness!!!

This week I head out to South Dakota for the fabulous "Frogman's Print and Paper Workshop" where I will be assisting and taking the classes of two very talented artists.

First up is books with Bonnie Stahlecker. Back in 2001, my first year at Frogman's, Bonnie was teaching books next door to my engraving class. I was so amazed by her books that I told myself i would take her class next time she taught at Frogman's. So, 8 years later, I will be learning how to emboss leather book covers using a linoleum cut. (An artist book using the embossing technique by Bonnie Stahlecker is below.)

Second is metal engraving with James Ehlers, a professor of engraving at Emporia State University in Kansas. You can check out his incredible work at Carving on metal is such a vastly different experience than carving on endgrain or resin. I tend to think in relief, and so I hope to break out and think in the positive for at least a week.

More to come about the adventures in Vermillion! Happy Printing to all this summer!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Feature on The Fancy Tiger Blog!

If you are interested in learning more about my work check out this blog, and come by the Fancy Tiger on Friday June 4!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

First Friday at THE FANCY TIGER!

Aside from an awesome name, The Fancy Tiger is an awesome homegrown retail store. Owner Matthew Brown represents Denver's best clothing and accessories designers and local jewelry artists. The first friday of every month The Fancy Tiger hosts a Denver artist or designer for "Denver Made," a monthly trunk show series allowing designers to showcase their wares set to the cozy environment and sweet tunage of The Fancy Tiger.

My prints and handmade sculptures, cards and books will be featured in June for
"Denver Made"
So join me and see what's new at The Fancy Tiger,
JUNE 4, 2010 7-10pm
14 South Broadway
Denver CO

My prints will be available for viewing and sale through the month of June at The Fancy Tiger

Classes at Anderson Ranch

The Most Fabulous Jennifer Ghormley will be teaching at Anderson Ranch this summer. For those in need of a brush up on their Digital Printmaking skills, please visit the link below and sign up for the class!
p.s. who wouldn't want to spend their summer in Aspen, Colorado with fabulous art making facilities?

Dearest Printmakers,

Still in the dark about the digital revolution?
Nervous to run fabric or weird things through your printer?
Not sure how to print an etching over a digital print?
Or do you just need to spend a week experimenting and trying new things???

Anderson Ranch Art Center is hosting a traditional/digital printmaking workshop this summer called Print Fusion. Check it out! {A few scholarships are still available for those who qualify}

Thursday, January 7, 2010


This print will be featured in the portfolio: Tempus Fugit ("Time Flies")

Raindrops fall and cleanse, wipe away memory. Breath flows from heart to mind to mouth, each moment is a breath, time flying by.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Green Springs Opening!

George Mason University Printmaker's Guild Presents:
Gifts from the Garden
at Green Springs Garden Park
4603 Green Springs Road
Alexandria, VA 22312

Come see the beautiful exchange portfolio on view in the main building.

Opening Reception: Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 from 1-3pm

The exhibit will be on display from December 1 through January 30, 2009

Ink-N-Print Opening

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Classes at Potomac Arts Academy

I am teaching on Saturdays at George Mason's Potomac Arts Academy located in the New Fine Arts Building:
Artful Animals I :: 6 Week Session
9:30 -11am (Room L004) Grades 3-5
11am- 12:30pm (Room L004) Grades 6-8

Session 1: September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24
Session 2: November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19

Adult Drawing Classes :: 8 Sessions beginning Oct 3
(Room 2049)

more information at

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MFA Thesis: Chapter 2

I was fortunate as a child to be exposed to animals in literature at an early age. The tales of Aesop, James Herriot, Anna Sewell, Walter Farley and Jack London graced the “kids shelf” on our bookshelf. The tales were invigorating, and we let our imaginations go wild. My brothers and I would scan the pages of a National Geographic picture encyclopedia of mammals, pick out our animal, and then act the part. We wrestled each other to the ground, heads first like the elk; one of us would scamper up on a table as the other paced below like a monkey in a tree with a lion below; at top speed we dashed through the kitchen and into the yard as the fleet-footed gazelle outran the cheetah. Actual animals were overkill in a house with four kids with active imaginations. Nonetheless, my siblings and I constantly lobbied for pets, which came much later at an age of responsibility.

Perhaps due to my tomboyish attitude, I rejected dolls and cherished a collection of animals. I had many stuffed toys that I named and cared for as if they were real, hoping for a Velveteen Rabbit moment. My aunt made me a knick-knack shelf to display my small glass animals, plastic horses, onyx donkey and polar bear, flocked squirrel and cat with mirror eyes my grandmother gave me, and countless other treasures. Arranging the shelf was a ritual for me, calling each piece by name, dusting it off, and replacing it on the shelf. I treated the animals in my collection with the reverence of an idol, and in this process the real animals they represented were becoming sacred in my mind as well. And yet they were not so sacred that I could not indulge in playing with them, or creating a life for them. I believed they wanted to be warm on snowy nights, or that I must rotate their position on the shelf so they could visit with their friends. These wants of the objects made them akin to fetish objects, but overall they were my friends and comforts, and because “the animal itself is also the totem” (Mitchell, p. 178), they became totemic objects, wanting to be my friend and companion (Mitchell, p. 194).

Having such an affinity for animals, they became my favorite subjects to draw. I copied them from photos, illustrations from my favorite books or popular “How to Draw…” manuals. I began combining animal types and decorating them with Technicolor pattern, such as a giraffe head and neck with the body of a lion, covered in spots and stripes of all colors. I was making work that resembled the “marginal hybrids” of medieval manuscripts, “referred to as ‘hybrids’ because they appear to have the features of two, three, or even more different animals” (Morrison, p. 71). These animals and the decorative look of manuscripts would prove a source of great inspiration in upcoming artworks.

Figure 1. Detail from childhood drawing of animal with pawed front feet, hoofed back feet and wings. Crayon on construction paper, c. 1990.

As I became interested in art in high school and college, my subject matter was swayed by academia and I drew still lives, portraits and other typical subject matter, trying to work in an animal whenever I could. During this early art school phase I made awful art, drawing what I thought the professor would want, or whatever the assignment was: fortune cookies, popcorn, still lives straight from a box of junk in the art closet. My printmaking class was the first to allow open subject matter, because the technique alone was so demanding. My professor, E.C. Cunningham, suggested I look at literary themes such as fairy tales and myth. This opened up a door for me to use animals as characters and symbols in my work. Animals allowed me to be confident in my subject matter so that I could focus on technique. As I built my skill base, my work was becoming more cohesive; concepts were building on animals as metaphors for personal situations and feelings.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Group Exhibition at Reyes+Davis

This piece is about life cycles and the repetition of emotions, thoughts and actions that serve to bring us from one part of life to another.
On View at Reyes+Davis Independent Exhibitions
923 F Street, NW #302
Washington, DC 20004

September 11 - October 16 2009
Opening Reception Friday September 11, 6:30pm-9pm

Featuring the work of Gallery Artists Jeff Huntington, Judy Jashinsky, Pepa Leon, Michael Enn Sivet, and Johanna Mueller.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Printmaking Classes! Tell all your Friends!!!!

I will be teaching a relief printmaking class at the Arlington Arts Center Tuesdays the 4th and the 11th of August, 7- 9:30pm. The cost is $40 and a small materials fee. I will be teaching linoleum and wood block carving using hand printing.

It should be a good time! Contact the Arlington Art Center to sign up or for more information at 703-248-6800.