Spotlight: Q & A with Lena Thompson, printmaker
The Georgia College Department of Art is set to celebrate the intricate craft of printmaking in an open house on Thursday, Feb. 16.
The Colonnade held a Q-and-A with sophomore art history major Lena Thompson, one of the creative visionaries behind the open house, to learn more about the printmaking process and how students can become more involved in artistic endeavors on campus.
Q: How involved are you with the Department of Art and printmaking at GC?
A: I am just one of many students involved in the printmaking program. This semester printmaking I through IV is being taught by Bill (Fisher) and Crystal (Wagner). I am a printmaking minor currently taking printmaking III.
Q: What is your favorite type of printmaking, and what has been your favorite project?
A: My favorite type of printmaking is linoleum relief cuts. Basically, you carve an image into linoleum block and then use the printing press to transfer ink onto a sheet of paper, the finished product. Last semester I made a replica of Johnny Cash into a lino cut.
Q: What can students expect to see at the Printmaking Open House and why did the Department of Art decide to host the event?
A: At the open house there will be demonstrations of every type of printmaking we do at GC including screen printing, mono printing, reduction printing and more. Along with demonstrations there will be a T-shirt sale, bake sale and live music.
Q: How can students become more involved in creative projects on campus?
A: A really great way to get involved with creative projects is to join the GC Art Events group on Facebook. There is almost always some new event happening that is posted and shared on the Facebook page. Another good way to get involved is to attend the artist talks that occur when we have a visiting artist with an installation at Blackbridge Hall. These events are posted on the GC Art Events Facebook page as well.
The Printmaking Open House will be held in the GC printmaking studio located at 341 North Wayne St. from 3 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For future art events, visit GC Art Events on Facebook.