I absolutely love teaching at the Airdrie Public Library. Veronica Funk, their Arts and Culture Coordinator sets up the entire afternoon to run beautifully. It doesn't hurt either that she keeps the cupboards stocked with plenty of quality supplies.
I led two classes on Saturday. First was their junior artists (age 9 - 12) who were introduced to printmaking using styrofoam plates marked with pen then printed.
The Teen/Adult Class got to be much riskier with classic linocutting where they used sharp tools to cut their design. We finished off by pulling prints using my antique book press.
I am never ceased to be amazed at how much creativity happens in a classroom setting. People stepping out of their comfort zone, trying new things and working on a tight deadline resulted in some amazing work.
I'll have to admit though, that girl in the first photo is my helper and daughter... she was my favorite!
For those of you who would like to do a small printmaking lesson for kids or even a linocut class, I've prepared my handout that I used as a downloadable pdf file. Please feel free to take it to teach from or to share - the more people who learn this art form, the better!
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