Educational Outreach: Printmaking Techniques

Archival pigment printing is a printmaking process that incorporates refined particles of pigment that are resilient to the environmental elements that commonly degrade and erode dye molecules shortening the life of a print. Archival pigments are extremely small encapsulated particles that, when put onto paper, are large enough to stay upon the surface of the paper; as opposed to becoming absorbed into the fibers of the paper. (Noelle McCleaf)

Debossing and embossing are two techniques used to imprint images onto paper, leather or vinyl. In embossing, an image is pressed into the material so that the image raises from the surface. Debossing is the opposite of embossing; the area around the image is pressed so that the image is pushed down into the material rather than raised. (Joni Younkins-Herzog)

Digital printing uses digital manipulation in order to create a print from a computer using a large-scale ink jet printer. The ink is dispersed by a sophisticated print head in a fine mist of minute droplets in order to deliver a continuous tone image. (Tim Jaeger, Larry Forgard, Jenny Medved)

Linocut is a relief printing technique in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of linoleum leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts. It is a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. (Daniel Miller, Javier Rodriguez, Natalya Swanson)

Monoprinting is a technique of printmaking that has images or lines that are permanently etched or carved into the matrix, that can only be made once. Even though the inscribed image may be permanent, the additive and subtractive inking methods make the image original. Drypoint is an Intaglio printing technique in which an image is incised into a plate (or “matrix”) with a hard-pointed needle of sharp metal or diamond point. (Tim Jaeger, Cassia Kite)

Monotyping is made by creating a design in printing ink, paint or other material on any smooth surface, then covering that matrix with a sheet of paper and rubbing the back of the paper or passing it through a press. The resulting image will be an exact reverse of the original design. Encaustic monotyping is a technique by which the artist paints with encaustic paint on a hot plate in order to transfer the image on paper. Since the plate is hot, the medium remains fluid and does not dry instantly as in traditional encaustic. This allows the artist to transfer the image on paper and to repeat the process. (Elena De La Ville)

Screenprinting is a stencil method of printmaking in which a design is transposed onto a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas that are coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by a squeegee and transferred onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke. Silkscreening is another name, as well as seriography, that came from the use of fine-mesh silk that, when tacked to a wooden frame, serves as a support for the cut-paper stencil, which is glued to it. Many colors can be used, with a separate screen for each color. (Daniel Miller, Steven Strenk)

Woodcut is a relief printing technique in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts. Reduction woodcut printmaking technique creates a multi-colored print with the use of a single block. With each round of printing, the block is carved out more, and as a result, is ultimately destroyed. (Laine Nixon)

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Educational Outreach: SARTQ Artist-in-Residence LBK, 2015

Educational Outreach: SARTQ’s Key Influence Residency at Longboat Key Center for the Arts

Q: What is an “Artist-in-Residence” program?
A: An Artist-in-residence program gives artists, academicians, curators, and all manner of creative people an opportunity to spend time away from their usual creative environment and obligations. The program provides a time of reflection, research, presentation and/or production. It allows an individual to explore his/her practice within another community while meeting new people, using new materials and experiencing life in a new location. Artist residency programs emphasize the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into another culture or environment that is meant to influence their art-making process and work.

Q: What is Interdisciplinary art? : Cassia Kite
A: Interdisciplinary Arts developed within the last 35 years with the advent of new materials and new media, such as video, performance art, multi-media installation, book arts and digital arts. Interdisciplinary Arts combine concepts, philosophies, processes and tools from a variety of disciplines and mediums that work together collaboratively.

Q: What is Botanical Art? : Daniel Miller
A: In botanical art – the emphasis is on the plant or flower but without the requirement for all the information required by the botanists. There’s more of an emphasis on the aesthetic value to be found in the plant or flower. Botanical art or botanical painting might be described as retaining a lot of the features of the technically correct illustrations while placing much more emphasis on aesthetics and artistry where possible.

Q: What is Multimedia art? : Elena De La Ville
A: The term multimedia art implies a broader scope than mixed media, combining visual art with non-visual elements (such as recorded sound), or with elements of the other arts such as literature, drama, dance, motion graphics, music, or film.

Q: What is Gesture Drawing? : Javier Rodriguez
A: A gesture drawing is the laying in of the action, form, and pose of a model or figure. Typically, an artist draws a series of poses taken by a model in a short amount of time, anywhere between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. The artist who undertakes gesture drawing also receives the benefits of self-training their drawing ability. This kind of very rapid drawing of the figure builds, through repetition, an instinctive understanding of human proportions, which may help the artist when working on more extended works.

Q: What is Photorealism? : Jenny Medved
A: Photorealism is a genre of art that encompasses painting, drawing and other graphic media, in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium.

Q: What is Non-Objective Art? : Laine Nixon
A: Non-objective art is another way to refer to Abstract art or nonrepresentational art. Essentially, the artwork does not represent or depict a person, place or thing in the natural world. Usually, the content of the work is its color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale, and, in some cases, its process. Non-objective art can define a type of abstract art that is usually, but not always, geometric and aims to convey a sense of simplicity and purity.

Q: What is Assemblage? : Morgan Janssen
A: Assemblage is an artistic form or medium usually created on a defined surface, base or substrate that consists of three-dimensional elements projecting out of or from the surface, base or substrate. It is part of the visual arts and typically uses found objects, but is not limited to these materials. It is similar to collage, a two-dimensional medium.

Q: What is the role of the viewer in a multi-sensory installation? : Natalya Swanson
A: Multi-sensory art is created with the intent to heighten the viewer’s sensory responses. This technique is employed to evoke memories by appealing to multiple, or targeting specific, senses. Multi-sensory installations raise additional questions when the artist considers the role of the viewer. In these installations, the passive role of the viewer is abandoned as participation is unwittingly forced upon the viewer. Circumstances to consider are spatial awareness, synesthesia, proprioception, and somatosensory responses of the viewer.

Q: What is Contemporary Portrait Photography? : Noelle McCleaf
A: Artists using portraiture in photography today approach the medium in a variety of ways. The staged portrait is a portrait that is deliberately constructed by the artist, and often aims to communicate a story. The documentary portrait is perceived as being more true-to-life, with an approach similar to that of a street photographer or photojournalist. The photographer documents real life subjects without staging.

Q: What is Kinetic Art? : Steve Strenk
A: Kinetic art, particularly assemblage or sculpture, is made up of parts that are designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism or an external stimulus, such as light, air or the observer.

Q: What is Expressionism? : Tim Jaeger
A: Expressionism was a modernist art movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.

Q: What is Site-specific Art? : Zach Gilliland
A: Site-specific Art is work that is created to exist in a certain place. Typically, the artist takes the location into account while planning and creating the artwork. The work of Site-specific art was created in the site and could only exist in such circumstances.


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Elena De La Ville presenting at the 10th International Encaustic Conference

Talk: An International Look at Encaustic with Elena De La Ville

In this slide talk, Elena will present artists who work with wax who were born or live outside of the United States. She’ll focus on their latest work and offer insights into their artistic process. This international view of the medium — by a multilingual artist who has lived, worked and exhibited internationally — is perfectly suited to a Conference that continues to draw participants from around the world.

“This will be a broad and significant look at the international encaustic scene which includes the work of Susan Bottom, Aganetha Dyck, Diana Gonzalez Gandolfi, Alexandre Masino, Janise Yntema, and others.” – Elena De La Ville

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Elena De La Ville, International Encaustic Conference
Elena De La Ville, winner of the Directors Award for : TERRORIST at the 301 Gallery, where Beauty and Its Opposites took place​. International Encaustic Conference, 2009