Posts Tagged ‘Teaching’

Woodcut demo this Sunday 1-3pm, come print from my blocks!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013
Art Demonstration
MMAA Project Space | 332 N. Robert Street, 55101
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This event is free, open to the public, and does not require registration.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts teacher and artist Emily Hoisington will bring in her hand-carved woodblocks, some of which were used to print the pieces in the show, and teach you how it’s done. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn the process behind the art from the artist and try it yourself.

Reduction woodcut mask by MCAD student Margarita Wenzel

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

I meant to blog this picture several months ago, but I’m catching up now that I’m slowly emerging from several months being too busy teaching.

In the fall I was teaching two classes at Bethel University, Introduction to Creative Arts and Two-Dimensional Design, and I was teaching Print Paper Book Techniques at MCAD.

One of my MCAD students, Margarita Wenzel, made this mask for a reduction woodcut assignment.


Student work from Peninsula School of Art workshop

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

I just finished teaching a three day workshop on Japanese woodcut at Peninsula School of Art in Door County, WI.

The students made lovely prints, and they all learned and accomplished a lot in three days!


Two blocks, and print in center by Jenny, showing Japanese rice harvest and a volcano in the background.


Color variations on Jenny’s print.


Anne’s print and blocks, a sparrow perched in a tree.


Karen’s print and blocks, a dead bird and Hopi raincloud symbols.


Karen carving.


Anne inking her woodblock.


Jenny pressing with a baren.

Thanks to Peninsula School of Art and my students for a great workshop!

Accordion books from Print, Paper, Book Techniques at MCAD

Friday, February 24th, 2012

I’m excited about my students’ work on display at MCAD.

These accordion books show the results of the first two screenprinting assignments in Print, Paper, Book Techniques. For the first assignment, students printed a pattern and then used it to cover bookboards for the front and back covers of a book. For the second assignment, students developed imagery related to their covers that showed a process, narrative, or other imagery taking advantage of the way a book unfolds over time.

Images from Advanced Japanese Woodblock at MCBA

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Earlier this winter, I taught the first Advanced Japanese Woodblock class at MCBA, by request from students in previous classes. Here’s work by students in that class:

Barb Gibson

Joyce Pickle

Joyce Pickle

Sheila Asato

Beth Dorsey carving

Lisa Fratzke

Lisa Fratzke

I’m looking forward to teaching an intro-level Japanese Woodblock class again at MCBA on Mondays March 26-April 30. Also, for the first time I will travel to teach a workshop at Peninsula School of Art in Door County, Wisconsin, this August 16, 17, and 18.

His Roots

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

So, now it’s been two months since I posted that I would be back to updating this blog regularly, feeding the creative process. I finished the print “His Roots” a long time ago, and am happy with it. It is in a print portfolio that will have a show sometime next year. In order to keep making work, I think I need to commit to participating in at least two print portfolios per year after this.

I am satisfied with being a mother and being a teacher. My students at MCAD are now working on their final projects, printed books. My son is crawling. I get so much satisfaction from facilitating and observing other people’s learning, making and becoming. The question for this blog is how to facilitate my own learning and making. Part of it is a matter of time management. It’s hard to focus on making art when I am hungry and need to wash dishes in order to make food. Part of it is also a matter of motivation. Seeing my students or my son interact with me and the world motivates me to invest more time in watching them and helping them. In order for my art to motivate me to spend more time with it, I have to spend time looking at what I’ve made before and remembering why I made it. Also, in the midst of the clutter of a house that seems to be impossible to baby-proof, it’s difficult to be motivated to make more physical objects. So, perhaps I need to find ways to work that are more ephemeral, more recyclable? Or to tap into the motivation I get from working with other people and find ways to work that are more collaborative?

Normandale students make paper at MCBA

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Yesterday I did the last teaching I have scheduled until this summer. I’m a little sad, but now I will focus on the apple tree print, along with prep for my summer classes, and of course, prep for the birth.

A mixed media class from Normandale came to MCBA and I taught them papermaking and pulp painting. It was a fun day and a great group of students. They might use their handmade paper along with some other techniques such as batik and felting in their next couple of assignments.

Pulp painting of a dragonfly by a Normandale student.

Another pulp painting by a Normandale student.

Rag Paper at MCBA

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

This window full of colorful sheets of paper is from my Rag Paper class at MCBA. We used blue jeans, white and orange t-shirts, pink linen, and a jute coffee bag. Students brought a playful and experimental attitude to class.

This detail shows a sheet of paper made from the pink linen with some of the coffee bag fibers mixed in for texture. These sheets dried on the window will have one very smooth side. We also used several other drying methods producing different textures: restraint, spur, and air drying. I look forward to teaching this class again next year!

Proud of my woodblock students at MCBA

Monday, March 1st, 2010

On the sixth and last session of our woodblock class at MCBA, many students felt like they were just starting to get the hang of printing their woodblocks, and wished that we had one or two more sessions. Looking at their prints, I was proud of how far they had come in six weeks. If they want to, they now have a solid foundation to continue experimenting on their own.

This student, a painter, was interested in using woodblock to try different color variations.

This student used imagery from her sketchbook, varying the background color.

An action image of a student preparing to print a black layer on top of a gradated background.

This student used a single block to print both the red and yellow signs.

This student focused on the detailed carving of the black outline (key block).

This student played up the contrast between the carved details of the thorns and the soft gradations of the sky.

In the Loop at MCAD

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Participants print from my woodblocks. I'm the one wearing the striped shirt and gesturing.

Last week I did a one-night demonstration in Japanese woodblock printing at MCAD. Whenever I bring my blocks for others to print, it helps me to see my old images in a new way. Some people combined things I had never thought to combine before, making me think I should give my own old blocks a second look and see if I can create new imagery by recombining them.

MCAD’s flickr site has a set of photos from In the Loop events. The events are designed to give a behind-the-scenes experience of MCAD. Mine was the second event in this series.