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The Odyssey - Feature Stories
December 2011 Issue
Their sheets of paper soaking in a water bath, the students prepare their copper drypoint plates for the printing process. First they clean them with soy sauce (really) and then begin to rub ink onto the plates into which they have inscribed self-portraits. “Smash it in all over the plates,” Associate Professor of Art Melissa Harshman instructs. “Use the cardboard to push the ink down into the design.” Once the grooves are filled with ink the students use cheesecloth to remove ink from the rest of the plate. Then one by one they pull their paper out of the water bath and wait in line to run their print through the press. By the end of class they each have two prints of their work, suitable for framing. The class, “The Fine Art of Printmaking,” is one of 332 offered this year through the First-Year Odyssey Program, which provides every entering freshman an opportunity to take a seminar course with a …
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