Select Works from Screen Printing

This semester was the first time in the 10 years I have been here in which a dedicated screen printing class had been offered at ESU.  Considering that this was the first time I have ever taught it, my biggest surprise was how expedient the process is overall. I am used to metal engraving – which takes a considerable amount of time.

Our first project involved collecting foliage that would be composed and adhered to a transparency. They would create four transparencies to produce four layers of color. It was a little like a photogram.

In our next project I asked the students to each come up with a project theme. I then wrote the themes on the board and let the group vote. It was a tie between 50’s Advertising and Aliens – so they did both. They utilized the rubylith process to create their positives.

Inspired by a visiting artist Sara Thomas, we decided that a gig poster would be a fun theme. The students had the option of making one for a real show or fake one or a real band or made up one. In this one, students utilized markers and mylar to create their positives.

Emporia State Inauguration Medallion

I was honored to produce this custom hand engraved medallion for Emporia State’s 17th President, Allison Garrett. The design was a collaboration of ideas produced by the inauguration committee and President Garrett. The imagery features a hornet (ESU mascot), the power E logo, a Kansas Sunflower, Wooster bridge and design elements from the Granada Theater in Emporia. The overall theme was a merging of community and the university. The image was hand engraved on brass and is 3 inches in diameter. I presented the original to President Garrett at the ceremony. The ESU foundation also has a limited number of resin cast copies.

Select Student Work from Figurative Engraving Course

Select Relief prints from Printmaking I