Block Printed Tote Bag Workshop with Allison McKeen

Block Printed Tote Bag Workshop with Allison McKeen


Kick off the new year learning the techniques of making patterns through block printing, lead by Allison McKeen, a printmaker based in Gardiner, Maine. The workshop will cover the process of taking a simple sketch and turning it into a bold, graphic design using soft cut rubber blocks. The designs will then be printed onto canvas tote bags. (These are provided by the gallery but participants are welcome to bring other surfaces to try as well. For example, a blank t-shirt.) Have fun exploring shapes, forms, and patterns and take home a unique hand printed tote bag of your own design!

Allison McKeen is a primarily self-taught interdisciplinary artist based in Gardiner, Maine, currently practicing printmaking. She creates bold and textured block printed designs that explore themes of familiarity as well as spontaneity. Her work explores multiplicity and individualism through shape, pattern, and color. See more of Allison’s work on her website: and instagram @allison.mckeen.

No previous printmaking experience is required.
Class size is limited to 10 people; ages 12 & up.
All materials are included.
Tuition: Members $30 / Non members $35
Call 622-3813 to register, or email

The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by the City of HallowellKennebec Savings BankThe Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.  

Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard PressCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy Afters Candy ShoppeSlates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation.

Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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