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Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student works, playing with ghosts and working a series


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Those Who Can Teach, Do!


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Happy faces at the end of class!

The saying goes “those who can, do and those who can’t, teach”. This past July I rediscovered the immense satisfaction of teaching something I love to do. I taught a class at MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts) at the beautiful Pearson College campus in Metchosin, BC for the second time. As with every class I’ve taught in the past, it was an exhilirating and inspiring experience. The class I taught was Monotype Magic. The magic, I discovered, was not only in the art making but in the teaching experience. The enthusiasm and enjoyment of my students was so infectious and their praise for the process and myself both gratifying and humbling.  I welcome anyone who can do something well, to teach it to others. Not only will your students benefit from your expertise but you yourself will learn from your students and find a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm for your craft. Thank you to my wonderful students for the opportunity to share my passion with you!

Below are some images of the artworks created during this workshop. More images can be viewed here.

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student work

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student work, pulling the print

Pulling the print

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student works, playing with ghosts and working a series

Many shades of blue, playing with ghosts and working a series

 

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student work, working a series and using multiple plates

Multiple plates

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - student work

Abstract explorations

Much of the class time was spent developing series of works incoorporating the ghost imagery left on the plate. Below are my demo prints showing two of these ghost prints.

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - teacher's demo, first of two ghost prints

Teacher’s demo, first of two ghost prints

Monotype Magic class at MISSA, July 2017 - printmaking fun and exploration - teacher's demo, second of two ghost prints

Teacher’s demo, second of two ghost prints

What about you – do you have a great class experience that you might like to share?


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Tuesday Tales – Good Beginnings


Radar Hill

Radar Hill

This past weekend I taught a class on photo etching. I always like to begin my classes with one or more demos for my students; for no matter how much I explain the process nothing clarifies it like showing how it’s done. When choosing an image to use for a demo, I like to pick one that has all the properties needed to highlight the uniqueness of the process: good contrast and design, interesting texture and above all the possibility for creating that vintage quality so particularly suited to a photo etching.

The photograph for the etching above had these qualities in spades. However, there are no guarantees of success and until the plate is made and the print is inked and pulled off the press you never quite know what you will achieve. The element of surprise is high with printmaking. It is one of the most challenging but also exciting aspects of this medium. Nothing is as satisfying as the moment of the “reveal”, when you see the results of all your hard, and hopeful, labour.

The reveal on this print was one of those wonderful moments when you are especially pleased with your results, not only for having made a lovely print but for having created something that amazed  your students and got them excited to begin pulling their own prints.

And what amazing prints they pulled! You can see some of their wonderful creations here.

Thank you to all my students for a fabulous weekend of fun, creative energy.

Radar Hill, a 3.5″ x 5″ photopolymer gravure etching, is offered this week at $70 unframed.