Free Workshops Help Keep Art of Printmaking Alive

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Print created by Cassie Brown ’17 in ART 231 Printmaking: Fundamental.

Olivet College is providing a unique opportunity for high school teachers and students to explore the art of printmaking this summer. Printmaking has been a part of Olivet’s rich history for nearly 80 years, and the college recognizes the continued importance of including the practice and study of this medium in the visual arts curriculum.

The Olivet College Print Club was a student group founded around 1940 by Milton Horn, an Olivet College art instructor and eminent sculptor. During that time, prints by historic artists were relatively inexpensive and readily available, which enabled the club to acquire works purchased through student-initiated fundraising activities. These purchases became the core of the current Olivet College Art Collection, officially known as the Mary K. Armstrong Art Collection. The collection consists primarily of prints and drawings, although there are a number of paintings and sculptures as well.

To continue the mission of the original Print Club and the tradition of printmaking, the first Olivet College printmaking workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The class welcomes high school teachers and focuses on professional development. Participants will learn about reductive printmaking techniques and explore working with monochromatic color palettes. The goals of this workshop are for educators to develop printmaking skills for their personal artistic ends and to provide the opportunity for them to offer printmaking in their own high school classes. Lunch and all materials are provided and there is no cost to registered participants.

Print created by Olivet College student Colton Parish in ART 231 Printmaking: Fundamental.

On Wednesday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. a similar workshop for high school students entering their junior or senior year will be offered. The 2017 High School Art Camp is a productive and energetic exploration of linotype printmaking. Through reductive printmaking techniques, students will explore working with monochromatic color palettes. There is no cost for high school students and all materials and lunch are provided. In addition, participants will meet with admissions representatives to learn about becoming a student at Olivet College.

The instructor for these workshops is Don VanAuken, Olivet College adjunct professor of visual arts. VanAuken has 17 years of experience serving in secondary education, museum interpretation, and as a teaching associate with the School of Art at Ohio University, where he received his M.F.A. in painting. His teaching focuses on printmaking, art history, painting and figure drawing. VanAuken has also exhibited his own works in more than 30 galleries, with 11 solo exhibits, and has pieces in several collections, both domestic and international.

Furthermore, this December Olivet College will host the High School Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition is open to junior and senior high school students who create work representing 2D, 3D, graphic or 4D video/animation. Winners will be selected from several categories and will receive an Olivet College Talent Scholarship. Further details regarding the submission process will be announced in the fall.

For more information or to register for any of these opportunities, contact Don VanAuken at dvanauken@olivetcollege.edu.



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