Tuesday, September 15, 2009


We'll start working on metal tomorrow, creating images that print from below the surface, hence the word intaglio, Italian for engrave, carve, or cut. It covers a lot of different processes which we'll explore on 8" x 10" zinc plates.  Your image can be anything you want to explore except goofy cliche-type images.  Your image will be etched into metal, so make it matter. If you're desperate for something to explore through the processes, you can never go wrong with a self portrait.

I've put together a PowerPoint of some intaglio prints by a variety of artists who are recognized for their images and their techniques. Just click on INTAGLIO to see the variety of impressions.

See you in the morning.

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11 Memorial Portfolio Exhibition

This was a 36 foot mural created by seven Fine Arts students on the front wall of the gallery.

Here some visitors viewing individual prints from the Memorial Portfolio.

Another point of view showing the rows of prints in the installation.

445 prints wrapping around the gallery have a quiet and emotional impact.

The exhibition opened Thursday evening with nearly 225 in attendance throughout the two hour reception.  Dr. Carol Pulin gave a very moving gallery talk reflecting on the impact of the events of 9/11/01 and the 445 artists who responded with an outpouring of expressive image. 


The pinwheels have made it to the front yard of Knobview Hall.  The lack of rain and the thickness of some of the driftwood steaks required some drilling into the ground on Friday morning to planting.  Thurday's Basic Drawing class did an installation also using hammers and screw drivers to pierce the earth.  So we've had two different installations.  Above are some images from both days.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


A monoprint created by Dr. Carol Pulin during the Pinwheel workshop she conducted in our printshop.

Susan Moffett brought her drawing class to the shop to participate.

Some of the colorful pinwheels await planting out on campus.

Trista Escobedo and Haley Bayley work on their prints that eventually were cut and folded and mounted on sticks.

Beth Dougherty moves leaves around on one of her prints that had been used as stencils.

Carol Pulin and Beth Dougherty inspect one of the offset prints in her pinwheel series.

Carol Pulin, Director of the American Print Alliance, was our guest in the printshop conducting a Pinwheel Workshop (see August 31 post).  It was an energetic, sometimes chaotic day of monoprinting and monotyping, starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding around 4:30.  Many students come into the shop to participate and the result is a collection of Pinwheels that will be installed on campus to promote sustainable energy.  Enjoy, and hope to see everyone at the opening this evening of the September 11 Memorial Portfolio.  Carol will give a gallery talk beginning at 6:00.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Hey, y'all.  Venture back to August 2008 to see a pretty sweet little 8 minute video about Intaglio, which we'll be starting a week from tomorrow. Go to BLOG ARCHIVE, click on the little arrow pointing to 2008,  then click on the little arrow pointing to August, then click on Intro to Intaglio, then click on the little arrow under the little screen and the video will start.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Monotypes: Round One

       Khara Cornelius

Christina Goins

Beth Dougherty

Amanda Straley

Rosi Benjamin

The first batch of three color separation monotypes are complete and the above are examples of images that pushed the process to a relatively wide range of color, values, textures, lines, and shapes. Some of the colors didn't translate well to this digital presentation and there may be some minor cropping to unskew the photographer's wobbly arm, but they're still readable. Each was based on the idea of Insanity introduced during class discussion and elaborated on the 8/24 and 8/28 posts.  It'll be interesting to see how the initial experience with this processes expands in subsequent efforts. Refer to your monotype handout and your notes for mixing inks.

See you on Wednesday for the Pinwheel workshop with Carol Pulin.