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On student work at the Shake Rag Alley class
We're driving back from Wisconsin today, after wrapping up a successful weekend workshop at Shake Rag Alley:
That's Patty with two of the students. We had a great time sitting around the table in Ellery House, the old wooden miners' cottage, writing on the paper that covered the work tables, setting up things to draw, and also to eat. There was a lot of writing time for the students to really explore the material that they started in the class:
And once again, the blind contour drawing activity brought out some great drawing. One student said that once she got past the anxiety of not looking at the page, and once she let go the idea that there was a 'right' way to do it, she really enjoyed the almost meditative process of just letting the hand wander slowly around the page as it follows the movements of the eyes:
Artist Mary Ellen Croteau is showing these columns made from recycled plastic cartons and lids in the window of the Columbia College bookstore on Michigan Avenue. They are a playful homage to Brancusi's "Endless Columns", with a serious environmental message for our times:
Mary Ellen also runs a wonderful experimental art gallery in a window space in west Chicago, called Art on Armitage. I will be exhibiting a mixed media piece there during August 2012.
Linoleum as a material for printmaking has been used for nearly a hundred years now. Normally, you cut an image out using special gouges similar to woodcut tools, cutting away the lino around the image you want to print. This is called relief printmaking, because if you look at the block from the side, the material that remains stands up in relief from the backing material. You then roll ink with a brayer over the surface of the block, place paper over it, and either print by hand or run it through a press. You can do complex things this way (for example, reduction linocuts), but the beauty of the process is that it is quick, simple, and direct.
A few years ago, I saw some prints that were classified as coming from etched linoleum blocks, and I loved the textures I saw in them. In the last few months, I've been trying to use this technique in my own studio, learning about it as one does these days from websites and YouTube videos. I've also had email exchanges with several pr…