Middle College visits MITCH Collective

A group of 14 students from West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling, WV took a field trip to our humble abode to make some awesome prints! The students brought intricately sculptural collograph plates using netting, leaves, and other materials that they had made in class with Patricia Croft at Middle College. They inked them up for the first time to print with the Poco Proof Press.
In between the collograph printing, we started a crayon resist screen printing project. After a brief explanation of reductive printing with one screen, the students jumped in and started brainstorming. They took turns drawing a detailed plan for a Middle College poster with inspiration taken from their mascot the Thundering Chickens.

After we marked out which parts of the design would be white, yellow, and red, the students started blocking out the areas to keep white with crayons (the color of the crayon doesn’t matter). Some of the students tried their hand at printing the yellow color. Next, the areas on the screen that were supposed to remain yellow were blocked out with crayons and we printed red. The process is hard to predict, but the group was impressed with the final result. This group worked together really well! One chicken is in a space ship using a robotic arm to play ping pong with the other chicken.

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About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit www.mitchcollective.org for more information.
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