As I’m rounding up my 9th year living in the city of Tacoma, I’m happy to call this region of the country and the city of destiny my home! As one of my fellow Tacoman, Tom Llewellyn, wrote today in the TNT, Art Saved Tacoma and the project below is a small bit of my contribution to the vibrant arts scene of Tacoma. I hope you get a chance to see or find one of these creations out in the wild!
I don’t often share student work on my blog, but I’ve been so impressed with the results of this project I felt that it was worth it was worth sharing with a larger audience. In my printmaking course we’ve been exploring the big idea of identity through portraiture. We set the stage by looking at a series of Rembrandt’s self-portraits, a self-portrait woodcut by Kathe Kollwitz, and a contour line portrait by David Hockney. We began our discussion of these images by exploring the question, “How does the way the artist represents themselves tell us about them?”
This print is the first major project for my students and is designed to help them develop their fine motor skills in carving a continuous line in the linoleum. The white line print also mimics the action of drawing more closely where they are working in the positive, where a mark equals a mark. The technique of blind contour line drawing was chosen to alleviate the pressure of creating a realistic image, allowing them the freedom to take more creative risks. Below you will see images of my demo and some early prints of their work.
My student’s early prints:
One of my favorite new courses I have created at my school is the Art of the Sketchbook. This year, I had an opportunity to teach this a second time and to collaborate with another teacher at my school who is an english teacher. Together we worked to help our students in this course develop a strong creative habit of using their sketchbooks as a way to see and understand the world through both images and words. The images below are from my own sketchbook as I worked along with my students throughout the course.