The second Sunday Afternoon in the Gallery event, an interactive program geared toward families with children, will be held Sunday, Nov. 8 in the Department of Art & Design at Mississippi University for Women.
The 2-3:30 p.m. session will focus on printmaking, according to Dr. Beverly Joyce, gallery director, and there will be a short concert by two Suzuki musicians. Aiden Dunkelberg and Hope Bassett will perform duets. Refreshments will be served.
“After the concert, we will go up to the printmaking studio to make some linoleum block prints (linocuts), some collographs and perhaps a monoprint,” Joyce said. “The designs on the print blocks will be holiday themed — both Thanksgiving and Christmas.”
Joyce explained that linocuts and collographs are classified as relief processes. “We are focusing on relief prints in the workshop to correspond with our exhibition in Gallery B, titled `East/West: Relief Prints from the Permanent Collection.'”
She added, “We are comparing and contrasting Japanese ukiyo-e prints with Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Program relief prints. Both use wooden blocks for inking and transferring the image to paper, both were geared toward the average viewer (as opposed to the elite in society), and both were influential in their own right. Other than that, they are very different.”
As part of the relief print process, Joyce explained that the ink is rolled across a raised surface that will, in turn, be transferred to the paper. A linocut is a type of relief in which the image is cut from a sheet of linoleum. The artist cuts away any material on the linoleum that she/he does not want to print.
She said, “A collograph is similar in that a raised surface is built upon a block. What is different here is that a collograph may be put through a press without inking it so that just the paper has different levels. We will allow the workshop participants to use watercolor paints to add the color later.”
Joyce added, a monoprint is one in which the artist applies ink to a surface, places paper on the inked surface to transfer the image to the paper for a one-of-a-kind work of art. The other printmaking techniques may produce multiples.
To register for the free series or for additional information, call 662-329-7341.
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