Printmaking has been evolved over the years. It was practiced in many different countries. Within each place, there were and still are different forms of printmaking. Printmaking is the process of making artwork by printing. Countries like China, Rome and Egypt. These countries and more have expressed their messages through printmaking which brings the importance about printmaking.

Printmaking questioned how far the forms of Art can go.
They answered "Pretty far,"

Megan Lino Fish Print
Megan Lino Fish Print

Megan Lino’s Fish Print really stands out to me as a viewer. I notice that there is a break in pattern by the fish’s “beams of light” which is really aesthetically pleasing. Also I notice that the things surrounding the fish are being attracted to the fish. I wonder how Lino came up with this idea. I also wonder what message she is trying to say. Although, what if Lino added another fish? I wonder how she would break the pattern once again. This is a great piece of work that probably took days and hours to create, which is why I appreciated it so much.


Printmaking is a form of artwork in which an artwork can made into multiple copies, called prints. This usually occurs on paper. Printmaking originated in China around AD 105. It has been used to recreate many artworks sold in large amounts to the public. It is also is how many artists of the past and present became famous. There are many different types of printmaking, such as relief printing and intaglio. All of the different printing types are important and they are necessary to many things we have in the world today. 

The invention of printmaking was revolutionary. It became a very important art form that made many artists famous. Also, it became a way to produce an art into many copies. Printmaking is used for making books, newspapers, and any type literature printed on paper. This made the invention of printmaking revolutionary to the worlds of art and literature.  Image result for printmaking artwork

The print shows a black bird, possibly a raven, flying over a black body of water with white dots. I notice black and white swirls in the background. The painting has a contrast of white and black. The close-up of the bird makes us focus on the bird. It looks like it is night time, I think this because the water is a majority black. I think this is a good painting because it shows excellent contrast and the swirls in the sky make it mysterious. I wonder what the white and black swirls in the background symbolize? Is the bird lonely because it is flying alone?

Week 2 - Day 2 - What is printmaking? Why is printmaking important?

Printmaking is a form of art that is created by using one medium to transfer a drawing to another surface. In this form of printmaking the ink sits on the original surface and not the grooves made my indentations. Relief printing does not need the press, unlike many others. Relief prints are made from cuts that make indentations in a material whereas other forms are on one plane or made through etches. Printmaking has been around for hundreds of years all across the world. The Sumerians would carve into stone and roll them in clay starting in 2300 B.C. It spread to China in the second century through the making of wax seals, eventually reaching Europe in the 15th century. It has helped to mass produce copies of art in response to the market's demand, as well as make short and long distance communication more efficient. It was important in the past because there were not the advanced forms of technology we have today that allow us to communicate and reproduce products.
This is one of Andy Warhol's many prints including the subject of a revolver. He became obsessed with doing silkscreen prints of the revolver after he got shot with one in the late 1960s. This copy of this print was found on . This piece has the same revolver printed three times in white, red, and black. The background is a strong pink shade that creates quite a contrast with the dark subject matter. Overall, Warhol uses contrasting colors in this piece. By doing so, the overlapping revolvers still stand out among each other. The revolver of the lightest shade is on the bottom layer and so forth. This makes it so the darker guns cover up sections of the ones beneath them. There is a lot of space that opens up to the background in the print itself, which is why the artist probably chose to make it the guns stacked as to cover up some beneath it. It creates a less overwhelming picture. There is much debate about what this print could really be about. Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas in 1968 and almost died. A lot of his art became dark and morbid around this time, and the prints involving guns were based on this particular experience. In this print it is possible that the darkest revolver, the one that shows the most, happens to be in the most dangerous seeming position depending on the level at which the gun is. The colors get less aggressive as the gun points downward, also become less hostile seeming. Here, Warhol plays with light colors, simplicity, repetition, and a morbid event. The combination of all those create a dynamic mood that the artist is known for. This print is hanging up in my house an I have grown quite accustomed to it. I have grown fond of its color scheme and morbidity. The overlapping of the guns creates an intriguing texture, specifically on the handle, that creates a condensed area of pattern that contrasts with the rest of the print. Overall, it is eye catching and unique in many ways as described above.

The Beauty of Printmaking

Today, Printmaking is used as an art technique in which you etch a design on a piece of wood, stone, or other material and are able to transfer that design onto a piece of paper.  It is used for more than just making art pieces, however.  For example, it is used to make the design for every dollar bill in America.
    The first etching ever found (and possibly created) was during the Ice Age on bones and cave walls.  Duplicating an etching was not actually used until around 3000 BCE by the Sumerians.  Only stone cylinders were used back then, but more and more materials were being used as time went on and by many different cultures.  Like how wood was first used by the Japanese back in 764 CE.  Techniques of making Printmaking have also branched off to make unique styles.  Such techniques as Relief, Lithographing, Intaglio, etc.  Printmaking may be used mainly just for art nowadays, but it was, in fact, a revolutionary technique used by scholars, scientists, and designers alike. The reason it was so revolutionary, was because it was the first method ever that allowed people to copy a design/information that someone's created, without having to make/write it all over again.
    Printmaking allows such works as the one above to be made.  I notice how by using the contrast of the Black and White, it gives the owl such a shadowy and creepy feel.  The shadowy characteristic may also be thanks to how he/she used White as the outlining, and Black to fill in the negative space.  I wonder what I would feel if the colors reversed.  Would I still feel the creepiness of the menacing Black eyes?  What if it was a different animal? Would I feel a different emotion if it was a squirrel, even if he/she used the same method?

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Relief Printing

April 17, 2017

Printmaking is a very important skill. It has been used for generations, and the art that can be made from prints has no limits. You can essentially make any design that you choose, and replicate it as many times as needed. This is a feature that no other art form has in the same way. Today, I researched relief printing, how it has revolutionized printmaking everywhere, and how it is still an impressive art form today.

Relief printing is a method of printing in which you print from raised images. In this process, a protruding design is created on a surface. It is then covered with ink, and firmly pressed upon a paper to create the desired image. It is a very unique type of printing. It contrasts directly with Intaglio printing, which is where the the image is carved into a surface, and is indented. Some elements of relief printing has inspired other kinds of printing, such as viscosity. It is different from all different types, including lithography, viscosity, and many other kinds of printing. It is distinguished by the fact that the image is on a raised surface, and that is not present in any other methods of printmaking.

The invention of Relief printing is still very controversial and there seem to be more than one origin. It was believed that relief printing was first found in Egypt in 500 BC. It was made by the Egyptians. Their original method was different than the relief printing that we see today. It was made by using a knife and wood, and using ink and pressing the print onto fabric. It was also found very early on in China. In China they carved stone and used it for chinese scholars to read scriptures. They were also used to make seals for letters. It can’t be determined where it originated first, but it is thought that these two different variations of relief printing were created separately but in the same time period. They could have had similar ideas and therefore two possible origin periods.

The history of relief printing has been going on for centuries. Relief printing slowly made its way through the middle east in 100-1300. It began to start in India. They started to use relief printing to mass produce books and famous paintings. In 1300, it was brought back to europe by crusaders and they adopted the method of printing as well. In Germany, a man named Gutemberg created the first printing machine. It spread and relief printing made art easier for everyone. Over time, the art of relief printing has been changed and adapted to different cultures and styles, but it has remained strong through it all. It is now a major part of the art industry.

Relief printing was revolutionary in art because there had never been anything like it before. It was the first printing that could allow mass production of any single work of art. It was also revolutionary because it had many different uses that went far beyond art just for pleasure. Finally, it was revolutionary because it remains a major art form today and never died out and is still making history.

Source: East London Printmakers. No artist. Experimental relief printing with japanese vinyl. April 20th 2017.

Art: Printmaking and Why It Is Important

     Printmaking is a form of art used to create designs. The designs are first made on special material, including blocks of linoleum or wood, and then they are pressed onto another material, usually being paper. The design can then be multiplied through the same pressing process as many times as necessary. This is one of the many reasons why printmaking is important. Being able to reproduce a piece of art helps preserve the artwork. Also, photo recreations can never be as precise as the original artwork, which makes printmaking crucial in the sharing of artwork.
     One style of printmaking is known as relief printmaking. Originating from Egypt, it is a process in which ink is put on the front of a printmaking material, giving those spots color once printed. The spots that are not occupied by ink stay colorless. Through this process, a block of material can be directly placed onto a piece of paper to produce artwork. 
     Printmaking was first created in early AD, notably in China. The man credited for its creation is Hishikawa Moronobu. He would usually display his pieces of art to common people on the street, and most of these pieces showed off the traditions of the time. It then spread and began to be used by many. 
     Printmaking was revolutionary from the moment it was invented. It was originally used to display cultures of religious people, which spread these customs and ideas across the world. Printmaking also made it easy to spread this artwork without fear of losing it or damaging it, as it could be copied many times. Printmaking was also revolutionary because it helped workers like goldsmiths document the work they had done. Printmaking could be copied onto the surface of book covers, which made these books more interesting to the eye.

The following artwork is a piece by Lucien Pisarro.
The following artwork is a piece by Lucien Pisarro.
     ​This print originally caught my eye because of the woman in the front. Because her body takes up most of the frame, it is easy to see her and what she is doing. This automatically drew me to this pictures. The patterns of lines seen on her dress are also very pleasing to the eye. The lines are all heading to the same direction, which gives the viewer a calm view of the image. If the lines were all over the place with no common pattern, it would interrupt the eye and make it harder to look at. However, there are problems with the art. There is more than just the woman in the design, and a lot is going on behind her. Because she is so prominent in the frame, the viewer's eyes may miss the people in the back as well as even the beautiful background. 
     Overall, printmaking is a very interesting art style. It revolutionized art as a whole, and helped culture and religion spread across the world. This style also makes it easier to reproduce art, and is still used widely in many places today.

E1 U5 Mi Familia

Alina Seing
Soy yo 
La hija de Cambodian familia
Soy budista
Producto do Cambodia

Veo la dureza alrededor
Pruebo la deliciosa comida en la mesa
Escucho música tradicional
Siento la sopa caliente y las mesas duras
Yo huelo el aroma de la sopa

Yo hablo mucho ingles dentro y fuera de la escuela
Escribir inglés es muy difícil
Yo hago muchas tareas

Somos producto de Cambodia
Somos Cambodia y Americanos
Hablamos Teochew, Cambodian, y Americano
Viviamos en Filadelphia
Nosotros no somos camboyanos, Camboya está en nuestra sangre
Juntos como uno

Sam Gualtieri E1 U5 Mini Proyecto

Mi nombre es Sam

Mi familia y yo somos de America

Yo soy muy artistico

Me gusta dibujar por mucho horas

Me gusta hacer películas también

Mi familia gustamos ver la tele

Gustamos comedia y drama, yo quiero hacer un película o programa de tele

Me gusta tocar la guitarra y ukelele

Tuvimos cuatro jerbos, pero ellas todo mueren

Mi nombre es Sam

E1 U5 "La Reunion"

Elijah Afrifa

Soy yo

El hijo de mamá americano,

Niño sin hermanos,

Mi papá de desconocido

Veo gente de toda América

Saboreo dedos de pollo y papas fritas

Oigo risa llenando el aire

Toco crayones en mi mano

Huelo comida que se está haciendo en la cocina

Yo juego al futbol con mis primos

Nosotros encanta tomar el uno al otro y wrestle en la hierba

Yo también juego videojuegos con mis primos

Visitamos parques de atracciones todo el tiempo y siempre vamos go-karting

Somos productos de America

Somos americanos

Hablamos ingles

No somos. África en mi familia.

E1 U5 Poem

Soy yo niya El más joven de la familia Criado en una casa Una familia afroamericana. Veo a niños corriendo Huevo el aire fresco con una brisa agradable Me encanta el sabor de un cheesesteak philly. Toco las flores en mi patio A menudo oigo campanas de iglesia Soy un ejemplo de mis padres Un estudiante trabajador Un niño divertido Y muy amable Soy americano africano De philadelphia Respeto mi pais Respeto a mi gente Y me encanta

Yo Shaheed

Shaheed Williams

Soy yo

El hijo de Khadijah y Rashim,


Hijo con hermanos de padre

Hijo con hermano de madre,

Americano en el corazón

Veo marrón, marrón veo

Veo negro de blanco

Saboreo libertad

ogio hip hop

Huelo comida

Toco emociones

Soy producto de África

Practicar todo deportes, básquetbol, hockey, béisbol, ultimate, y esquire

Atletico y alto

Yo amor música hip hop

Leo para divertida

Somos de afroamericanos

Nosotros comicos

Nosotros exploramos

Nosotros divertida

Vivimos en filadelfia

Nosotros armeme el uno al otro

E1 U5 "Mi Familia"

Me llamo Briannie Matos,

Soy hija única y Puertorriqueña.

En Filadelfia yo nací,

Mi familia es muy importante para mi.

Hablo con confianza.

Bailo para representar mi cultura.

Dibujo para mostrar mi inspiración.

Veo el mundo como hogar.

Somos Puertorriqueños.

Hablamos español y inglés.

Comemos arroz con gandules.

Visitamos a Puerto Rico.

Vivimos en Filadelfia.

No somos inmigrantes pero somos Americanos.

Reflection of Poems

My poem really reflects on where my family is originated from and what we do throughout life. We aren't immigrants, but we do enjoy life and love each other to the fullest. Here in the U.S, there are a lot of challenges we face even though we are Americans. I know we can overcome those challenges by standing for what is right as an American citizen. 

E1 U5 Poema

Soy el hijo of los cuidadanos / I am a son of citizens

Un niño que tiene una familia functional/ a boy who has a family that is dysfunctional

Un niño de una familia donde necesita ser independente/ A family where you have to be independante

Yo veo el hermoso océano claro / I see the beautiful ocean clear

Yo veo mi símbolo del país, el coqui/ I see my country symbol the coqui (little frog)

Yo oigo la música del español / I hear spanish music

Yo huelo la comida que tiene muchos colores/ I smell the multicolored food

Yo saboreo los alimentos ricos y fuertes sabores/ I taste the rich and strong flavored food

Yo toco Los peces en el océano/ I touch the fishes in the ocean

Yo juego domino y escho musica del bachata / I play dominos and listen to bachata music

Leo para divertise/ read books for fun

Como arroz y frijoles y bebo malta / I eat rice and beans and drink malta (spanish drink)

Nadar en la piscina del mi abuelos

Somos los ciudadanos

Somos puertorriqueños

Nosotros hablamos ingles y español

La lengua de arroz y habichuelas

Nosotros somos ciudadanos

Vivimos en FiladelFia