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Daily Counciling: Scratching The Surface with Linocuts

 One of my demos for the after-school art club. 

One of my demos for the after-school art club. 

After sculptures made from fingernails, devoré rubbed/scratched away velvet, and scratch-off screenprints, linoleum cut prints make sense. There's a scratching and removal process that links these mediums. Today, I am teaching my middle schoolers about Elizabeth Catlett's political, expressionistic art, and making some socially conscious themed greeting cards. Scratchin' n Survivin'! ....

scratch, from Merriam Webster: 

1:  to scrape or dig with the claws or nails
2:  to rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or jagged
3  a :  to scrape or rub lightly (as to relieve itching)
    b :  to act on (a desire) —used with itch <scratch the itch to travel>
4:  to scrape together :  collect with difficulty or by effort <scratch out a living>
5:  to write or draw on a surface

#Excoration #Scratching #Rubbing #Nails #PickyPicky


     from Art Institute Chicago:&nbsp;    Elizabeth Catlett American, active in Mexico, 1915-2012    Civil Rights Congress  ,&nbsp; 1949   This print,&nbsp;  Civil Rights Congress  , was produced in Mexico but represents Elizabeth Catlett’s continued concern for the condition of the African American community in the United States. The piece commemorates William Patterson, a member of the Communist Party and the national executive secretary of the Civil Rights Congress.

 

from Art Institute Chicago: 

Elizabeth Catlett
American, active in Mexico, 1915-2012

Civil Rights Congress1949

This print, Civil Rights Congress, was produced in Mexico but represents Elizabeth Catlett’s continued concern for the condition of the African American community in the United States. The piece commemorates William Patterson, a member of the Communist Party and the national executive secretary of the Civil Rights Congress.

sidenote - I wonder if any (self-harm) cutters ever made relief prints of their arms cuts that'd been rolled in ink. #morbid

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