Print Appreciation: Up Close and Personal at Smith College Museum of Art

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Print Appreciation: Up Close and Personal at Smith College Museum of Art

March 13 @ 11:00 am - June 26 @ 12:30 pm


Session 5: Animals, Wednesday, June 5, 11 AM-12:30 PM

Session 6: Masterworks of Light & Shadow, Wednesday, June 12, 11 AM-12:30 PM

Session 7: Woodcut: Expression, History, Process, Wednesday, June 26, 11 AM-12:30 PM

Come explore the beauty and complexity of prints from one of the finest collections in the country with our insightful, knowledgeable and passionate teaching artists!

The Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs houses Smith College Museum of Art’s collection of more than 23,000 original works of art on paper, dating from the 15th century to the present day. It’s an incredible resource right down the road from Zea Mays Printmaking.

This series will bring a group of art lovers to the Cunningham Center to view prints selected by different members of the Zea Mays Printmaking teaching faculty. Each week a different artist will select a group of prints that inspire and excite and lead a viewing/discussion of the works. The prints will range from historic to contemporary and are guaranteed to surprise and delight. Participants will be able to get close and personal with the unframed artwork – a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of an amazing works on paper collection.

No prior printmaking or art history experience needed – come with an open mind and enthusiasm for looking!

Session 5 (June 5): Animals with Tate Klacsmann

Animals are arguably the oldest iconography in existence. While civilization is roughly 6,000 – 7,000 years old, depictions of animals extend far back into pre-history, with the earliest cave paintings potentially having been created as long ago as 45,000 BCE. Therefore, animals are the longest and most consistently depicted subjects of art. In this session, we will focus on the ways printmakers have depicted animals. We will delve into artists’ use of animal iconography and viewers’ interpretations of these images and discuss how the symbolism of these images may have changed or remained consistent over time as humans continue to interact with and feature animals in art.

Session 6 (June 12): Masterworks of Light and Shadow with Meredith Broberg

What makes an image powerful? We’ll examine how Durer, Rembrandt, Goya and Kollwitz used their remarkable skills to describe form, express emotion, tell stories and raise questions. These masterworks will inform our investigation of more contemporary artists, including Leonard Baskin, Lesley Dill and Whitfield Lovell.

Session 7 (June 26): Woodcut: Expression, History, Process with Julie Lapping Rivera

Looking closely at a variety of woodcut prints, we will explore the wide ranging expressive possibilities the medium offers. We will discuss the evolution of the woodcut, and various processes used to create black and white and color prints, with historical examples from the collection.


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Print Appreciation: Session 7
$ 30.00
10 available


March 13 @ 11:00 am
June 26 @ 12:30 pm
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Zea Mays Printmaking
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