May Printmaking Workshops

In preparation for Insta-tangram, we are promoting the art of printmaking to kids in Ohio and West Virginia.

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The theme of First Friday at the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley was Cinco de Mayo so we had some skull silhouettes drawn out on styrofoam. Some of the kids opted to start with a blank piece, but the skulls were definitely a big hit!

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We had fun with kids from 2-11 and some adults joined in the fun as well. After the design is pressed into the styrofoam/polystyrene with a pen tip, the brayer is charged with ink and then rolled over the top of the polystyrene several times. To transfer the ink to the card, take a wooden spoon and use the flat side to rub small circles and cover the entire image.

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Insta-tangram will be the same concept as the polystyrene printing, but we are using wood instead of polystyrene and the lines will be carved out with a laser instead of pressing a pen. Stay tuned to a blog post with laser process pics!

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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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