March 8 - April 17, 2002
Bethia Brehmer, a Wellfleet, MA printmaker,
conducted adult, children and teacher workshops in a media new to most of the participants.
Beth introduced a new printing
process to the workshop participants. Because etching requires
supplies like copper plates that aren't readily available in Ghana,
most people in the workshops had not experienced this technique
The results were impressive. We felt
that the technique might be too difficult for the children, but even
they produced some nice results. The adults were able to master the
more intricate steps and a jeweler who attended was able to use the
etching technique to create some silver earrings.
My only regret from the workshop is
that the attendees will probably not be able to continue using their
etching skills ...at least not until CCC, Inc. or perhaps one of the
Universities sets up an etching studio.
Beth would like to return to Ghana
and we are trying to figure out what technique she will teach next.
We had originally intended to teach
etching, bookbinding and short story writing, but it soon became
apparent that time would not allow for all three, so I let Beth use
most of the time to teach etching and I did a short workshop with
the children on bookbinding and a one day workshop with teachers on
The teachers were disappointed that
we only had one day to work, so when my schedule allows, I will go
back and continue.
And the story writing will happen in
August 2003. James Culver, Jr., a published author who concentrates
on cultural diversity, will work with me at CCC, Inc. for a month to
teach and record memory stories which will then be published in book