Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I had never been in a real print room before with actual presses! After being in my tiny studio all the time it was quite invigorating to be in such a large space with room for everything!
There were only nine of us in the class so it was really a perfect size. We all had a space to get messy, (inks are very messy) and there were multiple presses so everyone had plenty of opportunities for printing.
There really is nothing like taking a class at an art school. It is very inspiring and made me want to take more classes. I am going to keep an eye on their catalog to see what is coming up, if anything, in the summer.
On the first day of class we walked over to the MFA and had a private showing of some pretty incredible prints by Tara Donovan, Francisco Clemente, and Edvard Munch, among others. They were set up on tables around the room (this was not a gallery setting but a print room/library).
I can tell you it felt pretty special to be viewing these works up closely and in private like that. It was most definitely a highlight of the class.
The piece you see above is called a chine colle. I first carved a plate from foam core, inked it, printed it and then ran it back through the press with the small greenish leaves you can see that are very subtle.
I was surprised at how nice the foam core carves and prints. The first print came out much darker but lovely just the same. I was happy with my first prints and would love to take more printing classes.