In-school Program: A Printmaking Residency
This program is designed for five class periods, during the span of one week. Every day, an educator works with students and explores the range of possibilities in printmaking. Students learn examples of well-known printmakers of the past, including etchings of J. Andre Smith, the A&H’s founder. They will learn the progression of printmaking and will build upon the basics of relief printing by experiencing monoprinting and reduction printing. At the end of the residency, students will have collaborated to create works of art that fit together to display in class or take home. We provide special equipment, materials and tools.
What is Printmaking?
Artists have used printmaking to create some of their most profound and compelling works of art, but the basic printmaking techniques remain unfamiliar to most people. A print is a work of art made up of ink on paper and can be easily reproduced. It is created not by drawing directly on paper, but through an indirect transfer process. The artist begins by creating a composition on another surface and the transfer occurs when a sheet of paper, or other absorbent surface, is placed in contact with this surface with pressure, typically of a printing press. Each transfer is considered an original artwork.