Monday, May 26, 2014

Ian's Graduation at Berkeley

Ashley and Ian

The day before Graduation N&P came out and we all signed up for the Big Bus Tour of SanFran
Sitting atop the open air bus.

One Group stayed at a Hotel in Berkeley and took the local bus to the ceremony. We had to walk through campus from the stop. We took a few picks at some familiar Berkeley landmarks.

The Carillon Tower

The other group stayed in Emeryville and took a car to the campus. Here is the view from the Disabled seats. We were right behind all the graduates. We were glad we didn't have to sit on the cement steps like everyone else.
Can you find Ian?

Each different Engineering major got up at a time to get there name announced.

After the ceremony we headed to a reception and took some pics of the family.

What is a graduation without pictures?

Poppop and Lucie. She was an angel through the ceremony. Everyone took turns holding her.

Ian with his friends.
We had a great weekend visiting California and catching up with family. The next Day we were headed to Yosemite for some hiking.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Woodcarving and Printmaking Class

This Spring I took an art class at the Denver Student Art League in Denver. They have great teachers and many variety of classes. Teresa Haberkorn is an artist and printer and I had been wanting to take a class with her. The  building is south of downtown in an old school building built in 1893. Each room is set up for a specific type of art like ceramics, printmaking, painting, live model drawing, and sculpture.

Here our teacher demonstrates how to ready the ink for rolling on the woodcut.

Here is the design I chose and the visual image I drew from.

We use a bench hook to hold our piece of wood and cutting tools. The type of wood is poplar plywood.

Inking the outline onto the other pieces of wood.

Here is the mat board assemblage we made to register our prints. (So they line up every time)

After I carved the outline out we made a print to the other pieces of wood I will be carving for each color.

The first step in printing was to do a tan background.

We only had 8 people in our class. This is our room. Note the huge drying rack on the left where we left our prints to dry.
Second color is blue. Printed onto of the tan.

Next is Brown for the hawk.

We hung up our prints from everyone in the class.

Drying rack.

We had two printing presses for our class.