Papermaking and Intaglio Printing

The Creative Arts topic this quarter was Place. It was my turn to present and given my interest in the concept of 'Place' as it relates to art making, I wanted to inspire my students with a topic that I find inspiring.  

We are fortunate that our school is located on a beautifully wooded campus in the center of Istanbul.  We so frequently think of our school as a place of impressive buildings and intelligent students, and sometimes forget that one of the things that makes our school special is the environment that we are in.  We focused this project on the flora and fauna of our campus, making our own paper and printing it with observational drawings of the plant and insect life that thrive in this green space in the middle of the city.

Lino Cutting and ExLibris in the Studio

With the end of the quarter, we have been busy finishing up projects and preparing to share the work!

In Creative Arts, we focused on the theme of "Ritual" and discussed the difference between rituals and habits. For many of the students, reading is part of a daily or regular ritual. We learned about the history and importance of books and reading throughout history and how books were considered precious items. These precious items were identified to their owners with bookplates or "Ex Libris". 

The students create Ex Libris pieces in linoleum, reflecting things that are important to them and their ritual.  We printed them using a rainbow of colors on our printing press.