From Pattern to Print

On November 6, at the sound of the 1pm chime for seventh period, the students taking the Printmaking elective taught by Dean of Visual Arts Jennifer Cross gathered for a trip to LongHouse Reserve, the magnificent house and spectacular gardens built by designer and collector Jack Lenor Larsen. 

Taking advantage of the beautiful autumn afternoon, students strolled through the landscape searching for human-made and natural textures to photograph. There was plenty of material to capture on students’ smartphones, digital cameras, and iPods.

Over the next few class periods, the students will recapture those textures in drawings. They will then turn their drawings into a collection of monotype prints using clean etching plates and oil-based inks, which will be applied with anything from traditional brayers and palette knives to less traditional cotton swabs and string.