Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Class Detail

Relief Printing

Location: Scaife Building

Room: Printmaking

Jul 12-Aug 16, 2012

Meets 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
on Th

Tuition: $200.00
Member Tuition: $175.00
Level: Beg./Int.

Status: This class has been canceled
Learn the fundamentals of relief printmaking through linocut, woodcut, and alternative techniques. Relief Printmaking is one of the four traditional methods of printmaking, in which the image is carved out of the printing block before inking. By use of shape, line texture and positive/negative space, students can create a series of single- color and multi-color prints. By printing their plates at various stages, students will understand the reductive nature of relief printing. Through use of two-color printing, students will learn to register and successfully combine multiple plates to create a single image. Students may bring a sketched design or high contrast photograph for inspiration.

Instructor -- Meghan Olson
(BS History, Portland State University) While working as an exhibit researcher in the museum industry, Meghan developed an appreciation for the connections between concepts and imagery, materials and process, and how these relationships allow us to create meaning through a patterned process of experiencing, learning and remembering.  The inherently repetitive process of printmaking - scratching, inking, passing, wiping, washing - lends itself to visible metaphors between materials and process.  Her imagery is often an isolated moment in a subject's organic growth, created by highly repetitive and obsessive applications of nearly 200 layers of pigments, powders, and various ephemeral materials. She currently teaches at the Carnegie Museum of Art, has ongoing curatorial and residency projects, and exhibits her work in both Oregon and Pennsylvania.  Her work can be seen at www.meghanolson.com and at Boxheart Gallery in Bloomfield.

Required supplies for this class:
  • sketchbook
  • any thin material other than paper to print on (fabric, wood)
  • tracing paper

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