Summer Camp at Highpoint Center For Printmaking
By Emily Anderson, Allied Member ASID
Our last week of camp led us to Highpoint Center for Printmaking on Lake Street. Highpoint itself is an inspiring place. The space incorporates a classroom, studio space and a gallery that faces Lake Street. The building was renovated and opened June of 2009. An industrial feel and exposed architectural elements complement the art of printmaking perfectly. After a tour of the gallery, I was excited to get printing!
We met our instructor, Elizabeth Flinsch, Education and Community Programs Manager. She told us we would be doing a form of printmaking called intaglio. The process starts with a metal plate that we etched designs into. We had several different tools to create our designs. Some tools created deep grooves while other tools left a soft wispy line. The hardest part for me was thinking of an image I wanted to create. After some thought and sketching, I decided to create the bodice and skirt of a dress that my daughter loves to wear. After I came up with the idea, creating the plate was fun and relaxing.
After our plate was finished we were ready for inking. Filling our plates with ink and burnishing the ink off was a messy but enjoyable experience. After burnishing, the ink was left only in the small grooves we had created. It was time to put it in the press. We were all in charge of spinning the wheel for our own final prints. It was exciting to see the finished results. We also experimented with adding colored and textured paper over our plates. Adding color made the finished print even more dynamic.
I can't say enough good things about our experience at Highpoint. Our instructor was great and the art form is expressive yet manageable for a novice. I would recommend taking a class. It left me inspired and wanting more. Check out our photos from the evening.