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Printmaking Workshop Transforms Learners into Creators

Scott Sandell helps Pierson High School student Emma Buckner hang the images she created at a digital printmaking workshop at Stony Brook Southampton.This is a project that we are very proud to have been involved with.  The Almost Beachfront Studio at Stony Brook Southampton brought in a group of high school students on some amazing printmaking - digital and traditional - projects.  

The following is excerpted from the Sag Harbor Express by Annette Hinkle.

Last week, a group of Pierson High School art students spent three days at Stony Brook Southampton exploring the possibilities of digital printmaking. Under the guidance of Sag Harbor artist Scott Sandell, who heads the new visual arts MFA program on the campus, their teacher Peter Solow and visiting artist Casey Anderson, the students arrived on Tuesday full of ideas and imagery.

By the end of the day Thursday, they left with entirely new work  — art created through a process of image layering, coloring and cropping which was printed on a variety of unique surfaces—from Japanese kozo paper to fabric. And along the way, each was transformed from a student into an artist.

This inaugural project, which was financed by the Reutershan Trust, a fund created by the late Hobie Betts for the purpose of fostering artistic programs in the Sag Harbor School District, is something Solow and Sandell hope can grow.

“The reason this works is Peter has honed these kids — they’re thinking like artists and ready to go,” notes Sandell. “It would be great if we could do this with other schools. This is amazing that it’s working.”

The idea for this workshop was born when Sandell, who has been to Solow’s classroom as a visiting artist in the past, christened the Almost Beachfront Print Studio this past summer and thought to return the favor by bringing Solow in to work with grad students at the college.

“I came for one day and made prints with Scott,” recalls Solow. “All of a sudden it occurred to me it would be a phenomenal idea if we could use the resources of the Reutershan Trust, pull the kids out of school and offer an incredible authentic and intensive experience working here with Scott, Casey and me.”

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And here are some more photos from the workshop: