Centennial High School art teacher Stacey Gross wanted to provide her AP Studio Art students with the opportunity to learn a range of printmaking skills, so she applied for an I.D.E.A. Grant from Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. With funding from the grant she was able to take her students on a field trip to the Nobel Ink Laboratory on the University of Illinois campus.
While they were there, Gross’s students worked with Guen Montgomery from the School of Art + Design. Montgomery gave an overview of the three processes, showed examples, demonstrated techniques, and discussed safety concerns.
Students then split into two groups to best utilize the presses, inking stations and carving supplies. Students traced a prepared sketch onto linoleum blocks and carved the design to create relief prints. Each student created several monotypes and an edition of four linocut prints. The pace was fast and furious.
I wanted to provide my students with the opportunity to work with a professional artist in a dedicated art studio and to create several works of art that could be included in their Breadth Portfolio submission. -Stacey Gross
The work pace was fast and furious. Several students indicated that it was the best field trip they’d ever been on and 100% of students found it to be an enriching experience, based on follow up discussions.
Check out these samples of the students’ work.