A new wave of art classes have recently come to the school. The majority of them are taught by Judith R. One of these new classes is a printmaking class.
Since I was little my parents always told me I was a gifted artist and I should pursue this talent. Not only did I love painting and drawing, but I loved molding clay and creating different 3 dimensional things with my hands. Sadly enough, I slowly drifted away from my artistic skills and became consumed by my insecurity of being judged.
At least by having some experience in the field of art, I was intrigued by the unique style that was displayed in this new class. Judith explained to me, “It’s a process of various steps”.
First the students create a design. This design can be a drawing of anything, such as a landscape. Next, the drawing is taken apart section by section and each section is given a different color. Before applying this color to the section the student must feel comfortable with the color they want to choose. They start experimenting with different colors to get the one that is perfect for their picture.
Now they start the printing process. In order to create the best picture the students must ink the blocks in series. This happens not once, but several times on each sheet of paper. For example, if you have 3 colors you want to print each color on one sheet. Finally, when this printing process is over the students are in the bonatier stage or “the very best.”
At this point the students will choose the prints that came close to the ideal print they wanted. They will have to choose from about 20 different prints because not every print is going to come out the way they want. If they were patient and followed each step, they then feel a strong sense of accomplishment and relief.