The SKSS Visual Arts Department believes that the quality of a student’s life is uniquely enriched in essential ways by the development of skills and values learned in the creation of artworks. Visual arts encourage the students to function on multiple intellectual, analytical, thoughtful and expressive levels.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Adventures in Printmaking

Maia, Grade 12, Printing on found paper,clay (glazed ceramic slab)
Supporting the creative development of student artists begins by addressing multiple aspects of visual exploration and expression. In this sense, SKSS senior art students engaged in a committed process of learning through linocut printmaking.  Investigating both traditional and experimental printmaking techniques provided a variety of avenues for art students to expand skills as critical thinkers and push boundaries as visual artists.  

Most specifically, two events throughout our process of designing and carving linocut reliefs influenced many art students.  Firstly, a class trip to Thompson Rivers University Visual Arts Department 4th year exhibition, UNTITLED 13, opened a rich dialogue and potential for exploration in theme, subject, and materials.  Secondly, SKSS alumnus Sydney McKenna, shared her print portfolio and experience of printmaking processes at NSCAD. 
TRU BFA exhibition - Untitled 13 - May 2015
Moreover, the development of student voice within youthful artists is an exciting process to witness. Allowing students to investigate a variety of visual art, alongside dialogue from multiple university art students, encouraged engaged subsequent dialogue in the classroom. Evidently, the final imagery exemplifies problem solving and artistic experimentation, and opportunity for students to refine their individual voices as student artists.
Addie, Grade 11, pulls a print through the press
Claire, Grade 12, carving lino, mixed media print