Sunday, November 22, 2015

Frankfort High School, Part 2

Kristine Harvey, teacher at Frankfort High School in Michigan, sent me a new batch of monoprints from her class of high school art students, and they're just as good as the first. I've pulled out a few to show in this post, again not to single them out as better than the ones I didn't select, but this time just to highlight the different kinds of monoprint techniques that these young people were trying.

First, we have what I think are contact monoprints (where you roll out a thin layer of ink, place a sheet of paper on top, and draw through the back of the paper, the marks being made wherever the paper makes contact with the ink):


The next one looks like it was created using a combination of mask and stencil:

Then a multilayered print, where it looks like the artist reapplied the same sheet of paper to a surface that had been worked on more than once:
Finally, another additive monoprint that has some notably free, loose, expressive mark making:


Congratulations, artists. Keep it going, and who knows, maybe I'll be seeing you at Interlochen or Columbia College Chicago in the not too distant future.

P.S. My wife and I stayed for a few days in Frankfort in the summer of 2014, after teaching for a week at Interlochen. Nice town near/on Lake Michigan. I had some good fish meals, watched the world cup in local bars, enjoyed walking around the boutiques and shops on the main high street.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monoprints by Frankfort High School students

Five months ago, an educator called Kristine Harvey took my week-long monoprinting class at the Interlochen College of Creative Arts. She really enjoyed the class and made some great personal artistic breakthroughs in this medium, as you can see by this print she made:


Kristine contacted me recently to say that she had been working with her students at Frankfort High School, Michigan, on making monoprints. With their permission, I am posting images of some of the prints they made. First we have some abstract shapes:






What impresses me about those is how comfortable the students are with abstract shapes, how well they organised them around the frame of the rectangle, and how eye-catching is the combination of colours and design.

Next we have works in progress:





As you can see, there's sensitive art-making happening here, which is why I don't want to single any one image out over any other. In my opinion, everything I've seen so far suggests a group of people having fun while they explore this unique way of creating prints. I wish I'd had a teacher like Kristine when I was in high school!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

News from the blogging class: 3

Another person who took my introduction to blogging and blogging content classes in the summer has contacted me to say that her new blog is up and running. (Previous posts about this here and here.) This time it's an artist, Linda Gardiner, whose blog is devoted to her practice of textile art. The blog has a great name, too: Pulp, Paper, and Pigment.


She's a good writer, and her blog is full of beautiful images, so I recommend that you go ahead and check it out some time.

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