Press Release

Art Blast: summer printmaking workshop for kids

Salem, Ore. – The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will hold an art workshop for children between the ages of 7 and 10, On June 26 through 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are invited to don their aprons, flex their fingers and join instructor Sonia Allen to learn the fascinating art of printmaking on an actual printing press.

Students will create watercolor monotypes, drypoint-type prints and a final relief printing project. The workshop includes a visit to the museum’s Print Study Center where they can learn more about various styles and techniques. The workshop will conclude with a mini show of the student’s work on the final day.

Artist Sonia Allen has taught locally since 1999, and has traveled overseas to teach art in Brazil and Turkey. In addition to facilitating “Family Art Days” and docent workshops at the museum, Allen teaches for the Salem Art Association’s “Artist in the Schools” program and the Salem-Keizer “Talented and Gifted” enrichment program. Allen teaches group and private art instruction and loves printmaking, watercolor, and sketchbook art journaling. Her volunteer work finds her leading art activities at Love Reins Ranch, a local non-profit equine therapy ranch for people with special needs.

Pre-registration is required by May 31 and the class size is limited to 10 students. Workshop registration is $60 and museum members receive the discounted rate of $54. To register call 503-370-6855 or visit

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art
The museum is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday. General admission is $3 and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to everyone on Tuesdays. For more information call 503-370-6855 or visit


For more information contact Andrea Foust at 503-370-6867 or at

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