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What has Printmaking been up to? Participant Work

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

What is Printmaking?

Printmaking, one of the oldest styles of making book pages, photography, and art, is one of My Voice Media Center's sessions. Francisco Alonso is a talented artist and teacher at College of the Sequoias. He is an accomplished artist along with his teaching. Having shows in the US and other countries, he fine tunes his abilities for the participants at MVMC. Including wellness and recovery, MVMC, is an opportunity for adults who have lived-experienced mental health in their lives a place to find free art sessions and much more. Participants that have experienced mental health, first hand or second hand, are able experience and express themselves in a safe and welcoming environment. Francisco thrives in his printmaking session as a leader in patience and understanding and the participants are able to learn, be productive and connect to printmaking as an art form.

There are many different types of printmaking such as relief prints, which are made by carving into block made of different materials such as a soft linoleum, or wood. The blocks are then inked and special paper is carefully pressed by hand or by a press onto the plate. Then, the paper is carefully lifted to make 1 of how ever many prints the series will be. Participants make a series to show their abilities and to showcase their new art or even use the block for a t-shirt series (below).

Participant makes a series of prints and at-shirt from one linoleum block.

Participant Work

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The My Voice Media Center is a project of the Arts Consortium, in collaboration with the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency - Mental Health Branch, the City of Visalia, and the California Arts Council, with the support of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors

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