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Printmaking – Linocuts with Meshell Melvin

Meshell Melvin • Printmaking

This printmaking technique although complex in procedure, has still been the most popular of techniques. Once the image has been designed, transferred, carved, inked and rubbed, pulling the initial print off the block is momentous. Students are encouraged to be thoughtful in their designs, cautious in their cutting, critical during the proofing process, and consistent in running their editions. *For younger students or for classes who have less time available to them a printing project is still possible. The Old Blocks Box (O.B.B.) is a collection of linoleum blocks, which have been carved both sides, then cut into pieces. Students will have the opportunity to learn to ink and print from this collection. Students may individually produce some prints and/or might collectively ink and print one large image composed of some 170 pieces.

Grade Suitability5-12, *1-12 (O.B.B)
Maximum Class Size25 students
Time Required21/2-4 hours (depending on size of block), *1-2 hours (O.B.B)
Material RequiredEasy-cut linoleum blocks, lino cutters, ink, brayers, paper
Material Cost$2/student for ink and 4” x 6” blocks. (note: blocks may be cut in half to save time/money or the backsides of the blocks may be used for a second class.)*Minimal charge for ink (O.B.B)
Language of InstructionEnglish
Special NotesThis program requires extensive prep time. For each hour of instruction, 1/4 hour of prep time will be added. This program is available throughout the year and may be part of an extended printmaking project.

Meshell Melvin

From her beginnings in southern Ontario to the Yukon home she chose, Meshell Melvin has a professional practice that spans over 30 years. She has exhibited widely. Her work hangs in public and private collections, and has been featured in print, radio, television and film. Her images reflect an interest and curiosity in the world around her; the people, the homes they live in, and the surrounding landscape. She has a passion and commitment to art education that parallels her devotion to her practice and makes her a lively and stimulating instructor. An artist in the schools for over20 years, she is versatile in a number of mediums and her tickle trunk is full of projects.

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