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Families with children ages six and up are invited to look, learn, and create together in this hands-on workshop inspired by Meleko Mokgosi’s new commission at UMMA, Pan-African Pulp. Guided by local artist Sajeev Vadakoottu, participants will transfer, compose, and transform their own images (please bring your phones!) to create a relief print, acting as characters in scenes of their own making.
This workshop will give a basic introduction to the block printing (a relief printmaking technique). Block printing refers to a technique where images are transferred from paper to the raised portion of a carved or etched block. In this technique, drawings are made on a foam sheet or soft kut block and the negative space is carved out from the desired areas. In the next stage, ink is applied on the surface using a roller. Finally, prints are taken using a manual spooning technique, which applies pressure to the ink and paper transfers the image to paper.
Parents must accompany children. Due to the sharp tools used in this technique, ages 8 and up are recommended.
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