This course is mainly directed toward artists who have already been making prints, including those beginners who have already created the matrix and have printed from it, whether it be blockprint, lithography, silkscreen, and etching along with other intaglio techniques.
There will be no regularly scheduled class time. The course will consist of a YouTube video that will be sent weekly featuring techniques, topics and issues that concern printmakers. These videos may be viewed on one’s own time and stored for later review.
Because of the varied processes used in our studio, the videos too, will be varied, however there will be a number of videos that are general, covering all printmaking.
Topics include: The Five Intaglio Processes, What You Won’t Find in a Textbook, Plate Preparation, Ways of Wiping a Plate, The Two-Color Print, Printing by Overprinting and Trapping, How to Sign and Number an Edition, Working with a Gallery/Dealer: Pros and “Cons”, and more including discussions of specific printmakers of the past. Those who were registered in the class this past Spring will receive a new video along with the one that they have previously received.
Questions and comments can be added beneath the video on YouTube and will be quickly answered. The questions and comments will be visible for all of those registered.
Sketches, drawings, ideas for prints, or previous prints can be emailed for personal discussion.
Some years back, Richard Pantell found himself rambling around the country with a guitar, following a very discouraging college experience as a painting major (“White on white’s not my bag, Professor.”). After a few years, while performing in an Idaho saloon, it occurred to him that he’d rather be painting. So he packed his gear and headed back to New York and registered for classes at the Art Students League, where the true artist in him was able to emerge. There, he honed his skills in painting and also discovered printmaking. He realized his love for New York and its people—a dominant aspect of his imagery. He now had what he needed to develop as a working artist.
Prints and paintings by Mr. Pantell can be found in collections of the British Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Wichita Museum, the Newark Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Jewish Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, to name a few. He has received honors, awards, grants, and gold medals from the National Academy, Allied Artists of America, the Society of American Graphic Artists, New York Foundation for the Arts, and many others.
The medium he finds most gratifying is printmaking. Adding to that gratification is his ability to take the mystery out of the medium. Understanding students’ doubts and fears regarding the technical aspects of printmaking, he has the ability to quickly dispel them. In short, confidence replaces apprehension, as he encourages students to experiment with the medium and learn to master the complexities of the art. The choice of whether the work should be complex or simple, or what the content should be, is left to the individual. Mr. Pantell strongly believes that content determines the quality of the piece, and that while the medium is not necessarily the message, he helps the student develop the skills to handle it.