Nov12 to Dec17


6:00 pm


Highpoint Center for Printmaking

912 West Lake Street

Dates:  Tuesdays: November 12, 19, 26 and December 3, 10, and 17; 6-9pm
Saturdays: December 7 and 14; 10am-1pm
Ages: 18+; for beginning students
Cost: $335 (10% discount for HP members)
Registration: Deadline is November 5
Enrollment: Maximum 12; minimum 6
Instructor: Eric Garcia

This structure of this six-week relief printmaking course will be approximately 25% lecture and 75% studio time. Participants will learn about the long tradition of printmaking as a mode of political activism in Latin America and communities in the United States. From Mexico’s Taller Grafica Popular to Cuba’s OSPAAAL, to the Chicano Movement in the U.S., printmakers have been instrumental to many different social movements. Students will explore these social movements to gain an understanding of why and how they used print as a device for change. Inspired by these prints and printmakers, participants will make their own graphic political poster using the basic linoleum block printing techniques covered in technical demonstrations. Utilizing multiple blocks, one for the key image and one for additive color, students will learn how color can enhance or highlight elements in the composition of the print and increase its dynamism and impact.

About the instructor: 
Garcia blends history, culture, contemporary themes and a graphic style to create politically charged art that reaches beyond aesthetics. Using political cartoons, mixed media installations, murals, hand printed posters, and drawings, he aims to educate and challenge viewers to question sources of power and the whitewashing of history.
Being a teaching artist is a core component of his artistic practice and he uses his work as a tool for youth and adults to explore technique and craft while interrogating pressing social and political issues. Garcia, who has been a teaching artist for over a decade is experienced in relief block printing, screenprinting, monotypes, lithography, and acrylic engraving. As the Arte Ambulante Coordinator at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Garcia conducted off-site programming in places like the Chicago Public Schools, the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, universities and libraries in which he adapted hands-on printmaking workshops for a wide range of audiences.

Registration may be completed by calling Highpoint at 612-871-1326 or emailing [email protected]. Registrations are finalized upon receipt of payment.
If payment is not received within one business week your place in the class will not be reserved.

Are you, or a friend or family member a veteran looking for art experiences in a relaxed, supportive workshop environment?  Highpoint is now offering free classes for veterans.  HP will reserve one free slot in each adult class for a veteran, as long as you call HP and register prior to the class sign up deadline. (please identify yourself as a veteran when you call to register).

Image: Eric Garcia, Posada Wannabe, linocut

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