The printmaking process has been around as early as the 1300s. It was originally invented as a way to reproduce literature, such as the Bible, in order to easily exchange written texts across different regions. Eventually, artists such as Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt extended this idea and transformed the printmaking process into a fine art form. Even in today's time, contemporary artists still use this technique!
In fine art printmaking, the artist creates an image on a master plate made out of either linoleum, styrofoam, metal, cardboard, or even stone. Next, the artist prepares the plate by cutting, or "etching" into it, and creating the desired image. Ink is then applied on to the plate and paper is pressed onto it (either by hand or from a printing press) and the finished print is pulled from the plate.
If you and your kiddo are interested in seeing what local Austin artists are creating by using this printmaking method then you're in luck! From January 15th until February 15th, dozens of Austin art galleries will be opening up their studio spaces and allowing the public to come in and view their finished prints. Another bonus? On certain days, galleries will be giving demonstrations on how to use this art making technique!
For a list of Print Austin events, visit:
Monet & Me (written by Stephanie Sandoval)
Against the Chaos of Nature
22 x 30 in.
(You can catch local artist, Brian Johnson, and all of his prints at Print Austin Board: Collective Identity located at Invenio Canopy, 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 2, #107)
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669)
Self-Portrait in a Cap, 1630
Etching, B. 320, only state
51 x 46 mm
(Courtesy of www.themorgan.org)
This week Monet & Me students study French Post-Impressionist, Paul Cezanne who lived from 1839-1906. Our art classes for kids teach the importance of brush strokes and dimension in art. As a child, Cezanne took drawing lessons but as a young adult, Cezanne attended law school per his father’s request. Throughout his time at law school, Cezanne’s passion for painting never subsided. Eventually, his father reconciled with Cézanne and supported his choice of career as an artist. As a result his fathers success as a banker, Cezanne was allowed financial security throughout his life. Cezanne was given the freedom to paint even if he was financially unsuccessful.
Cezanne’s most famous work mostly consists of still life compositions as well as landscapes. He repeatedly created fruit still life compositions, which we will recreate in class this week. Cézanne formed long friendships with Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir who influenced his painting style. Cezanne is classified as a Post Impressionist painter, which according to http://www.metmusuem.com is defined as those artists whom “sought independent artistic styles for expressing emotions rather than simply optical impressions, concentrating on themes of deeper symbolism.”
You can view Cezanne’s work at the National Gallery of Art in London, http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/paul-cezanne! Next week, the kids study abstraction with the moving, Mark Rothko!
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Monet & Me is off to a creative start with our “Rebels & Renegades” Series! This week, we proudly introduce Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo whose short life lasted from only 1907-1954. Kahlo’s self-portraits highlight her artistic career, her distinct eyebrows accentuated in each portrait of herself. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied: "Because I am so often alone...because I am the subject I know best."
Kahlo’s work is characterized as folk art. According to the Folk Art Alliance, folk art “encompasses a range of utilitarian and decorative media, including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more, it is made by individuals whose creative skills convey their community’s authentic cultural identity, rather than an individual or idiosyncratic artistic identity.” To learn more about folk art, visit: http://www.folkartalliance.org/.
Kahlo suffered from life long health issues after a serious car accident, during her convalescence she began to paint. Her paintings reflect the physical and emotional pain she experienced through her declining health, as well as her tumultuous relationship with her husband, Diego, who was twice her age. Through her life experiences she was inspired to create work that exhibits in the most prominent galleries in the world, the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Monet & Me is looking forward teaching the kids about our next artist most known for his fruit still-life, Cezzane!
Monet & Me