By Ashley Martinez | USF Honors Student
One of the greatest friendships to evolve on campus is the one between the Honors College and The Institute for Research in Art. The latest and greatest fruits of the collaboration between the Honors College and the Institute is the Honors Relief Printmaking Class that concluded this past month.
The class was taught by master printmaker, Jonothan Vaughn. Vaughn taught USF honor students relief printmaking from an expert at one of the world’s best known printmaking studios, Graphicstudio.
The course focused on lino-cut printing, a process where a negative image is carved into a linoleum block. Ink is then applied to the block and finally pressure is applied between the block and paper to create a positive image.
Honors student, Jennifer Lindo expressed her excitement for the course,
“As someone who loves art but is not artistically talented, I enjoyed the experience for its educational and inspirational value. The professor we worked with was very welcoming and motivating.”
Students were to make an edition of five prints, and had the choice of printing on a variety of paper. The wonderful challenge for students was the assignment. What would they be creating an image of? A symbolic or literal representation of themselves!
Many of the students had not had any prior experience with printmaking, but as you can see, talent was plentiful!