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Printmaking – Linocuts with Meshell Melvin

This printmaking technique although complex in procedure, has still been the most popular of techniques. Once the image has been designed, transferred, carved, inked and rubbed, pulling the initial print off the block is momentous. Students are encouraged to be thoughtful in their designs, cautious in their cutting, critical during the proofing process, and consistent in running their editions.

*For younger students or for classes who have less time available to them a printing project is still possible. The Old Blocks Box (O.B.B.) is a collection of linoleum blocks, which have been carved both sides, then cut into pieces. Students will have the opportunity to learn to ink and print from this collection. Students may individually produce some prints and/or might collectively ink and print one large image composed of some 170 pieces.

Grade Suitability:

5-12, *1-12 (O.B.B)

Maximum Class Size:

25 students

Time Required:

21/2-4 hours (depending on size of block), *1-2 hours (O.B.B)

Material Required:

Easy-cut linoleum blocks, lino cutters, ink, brayers, paper

Material Cost:

$2/student for ink and 4” x 6” blocks. (note: blocks may be cut in half to save time/money or the backsides of the blocks may be used for a second class.)*Minimal charge for ink (O.B.B)

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Special Notes:

This program requires extensive prep time. For each hour of instruction, 1/4 hour of prep time will be added. This program is available throughout the year and may be part of an extended printmaking project.

Meshell Melvin

Meshell Melvin began her creative career in London, Ontario where she received a combined honors degree in English and Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1989. In 1997, while still at school, Meshell began teaching art classes for children of all ages and has continued this practice throughout her career. She has an enthusiasm and passion for teaching that parallels her devotion to her own work. Meshell moved to Whitehorse with her two boys after spending ten years of her practice in Atlin, B.C. There she ran Dragon Studio, her gallery and workspace. Meshell has been exhibiting in Whitehorse since 1995. Her work has been featured in newspaper, on CBC radio and television, and in Out of Service magazine.

Contact: 867-393-4696


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