The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Friday, December 09, 2016

End of the Semester - End of the World. Posada

It's the end of the world (semester) as we know it...

 We now enter the time of the bad monkeys

Posada, Jose Guadalupe (Aguascalientes, 1852 - Mexico City, 1913) 

Corrido: El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) 'Plate One'

Corrido: El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) 'Plate Two'

Calavera: Guerra Mundial (Skeleton: World War)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Scary PrintFool Week

The week of FEAR has finally arrived and Print Babies have much to fear!

"... Given the superstitious belief that witches used babies in producing flying potions..."

Marcantonio and Agostino de Musi called Agostino Veneziano Raimondi, Lo Stregozzo [The Witches’ Procession], after Raphael or Giulio Romano, 1520s, engraving,

“Matthew Hopkins Witch Finder Generall”
1647 Woodcut

Frontispiece to a tract entitled "The Discovery of Witches" illustrating a passage on pp. 2-3; Matthew Hopkins stands in the middle of a room with two old women sitting either side of him and five animals identified as their familiars.

Witch shooting a man in the foot with an enchanted arrow made from a hazel wand

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Linda maestra! [Pretty Teacher!], plate 68 from Los Caprichos, 1797-1999, Etching, burnished aquatint and drypoint,

 Now go and read this to learn more about the why behind the creation of scary prints:

Leave a scary commnet:


Friday, October 14, 2016

Frances Myers: 1936 – 2014


I'm hoping you recall the Frances Myers prints we saw on last weeks epic field trip to Madison.

Frances Myers, Les faveurs de Dieu,
1993. Etching, 36 x 29 ½ inches. 

Frances Myers Martrydom  
Color woodcut

Frances  was a GIANT in the printmaking world and a couple of printfools left UWL to do graduate work with her at UW.

 Watch this little movie about her, playing close attention to her subject:


And, those wood cut tools are getting as dull as... (fill in the blank).

Tool sharpening: 

And, Babies - watch this to learn how the figures that guard the shop were printed...


Friday, September 30, 2016

Streets of VOMIT!!!

OktoberVomitFest Week - 
Shops open - go in, don't leave!

William Hogarth. Gin Lane

Copy and paste the link below to go to this site: 
 You are safe in the Shop - maybe not on the couch...

Pablo Picasso
Satyr and Sleeping Woman (Faune Dévoilant une Femme), 1936
Etching and lift ground aquatint
12 3/8 x 16 1/4 inches (31.4 x 41.3 cm)
So stay in the Shop - and study all 80 of the Goya prints from the The Disasters of War:
 ...They Are Like Wild Beasts:

The Disasters of War: And They Are Like Wild Beasts, 1863

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828
Etching, 1st Edition
plate: 15.5 x 21 cm. (6 1/8 x 8 1/4 in); sheet: 24.1 x 32.4 cm. (9 1/2 x 12 3/4 in)

Go here for much more:
 And dream about this coming Friday's epic Field Trip to Madison!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Marwin Begaye and Dancing Babies

Marwin Begaye

Is one of the artist/organizers of... 

 ReRiding History

Air, Land, Seed: Marwin Begaye, Rider of the Storm (detail)

Get to the Gallery downstairs Fools! 
A GREAT Exhibit filled with Great prints and CONTENT!

Click below to learn more about what you will see:

Time for the PrintFool Babies to dance with Callot!

Jacques Callot French (Lorraine) (1592 - 1635)

Capricci De Varie Figures: Plate 35 (Two Pantaloons Dancing)

 Medium: Etching

Jacques Callot French (1592 - 1635)

Lady with String Instrument, and Two Gentlemen

Medium: Etching

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

PRINTFEVER - Eve Of Destruction and Babies galore!


It's time to drag your sorry student type selves into the shop of love:

soft ground etching, from Henry Alken's Symptoms of Being Amused, 1822

So sad that your break has ended and its time to return, or if you are a new baby - time to begin or if you are a beloved alumn welcome back to printshop life via Printfever

 Wednesday we begin the year of the:

 "Enfant Terrible"

Paul Gavarni (1804-1866), Enfant Terrible, 
1833. Lithograph.
 The Year of the Baby Printmakers!
(check out Day 1 to see the HUGE parade of babies)

La Lecon de Dessin (The Drawing Lesson)
Lalauze, Adolphe (Rive-de-Gier, 1838 - Paris, 1906)
Date:   c. 1870 - 1875 (1880 Hamerton Edition)
Publisher:      Philip Gilbert Hamerton, London

Here are your sharp tools:

You will learn to use them to make prints and protect yourselves from the more experienced printmakers. 

Baby Printfools who are  Brand Stinking New to the Shop (what the hell - ALL Printfools) go look at this printmaker:

Bigger PrintFools Playing With Color?

Pablo Picasso

JACQUELINE AU CHAPEAU DE PAILLE (Jacqueline in a Straw Hat) , 1962

Original linocut printed in five colors from one block on wove paper. 

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in

watch the little video below...

Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

all of you look below to learn about this semester's Eve of Destruction!

In 2008, long before any of you were born, printmakers took ink to paper to address the upcoming US presidential election. A series of exhibits sprung up around the country under the banner:

2008 Art of Democracy


Our Mission is to promote the political art of artists and art organizations on a national scale during the critical period leading up to the 2008 presidential elections. The means of achieving this goal will be to encourage artists around the nation to organize exhibitions and events at this time. The national effort will work to promote these shows through a unifying title, logo, website, public relations campaign, and through the exchange of posters and prints promoting the exhibitions.

The combined efforts will amplify the message of all the art exhibitions and draw more local and national attention. There is no prescribed message for the artwork.

 Go here for more:

Some images:

Nicolas Lampert: If Voting Changed Anything,
Artist: Nicolas Lampert
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Poster Title: Emma Goldman, 2008
Artwork Medium: Screen print
Poster Medium: Screen print
Size: 24 _”x18 _”

Stephen Fredericks
Artist: Stephen A. Fredericks
Location: New York, NY
Poster Title: “VOTE”, 2008
Artwork Medium: Etching
Poster Medium: Digital printing/ hand stamping
Size: 18”x24”
Edition: 150

Artist: Art Hazelwood
Location: San Francisco, CA
Poster Title: Impeach the Beast, 2008
Artwork Medium: Screen print
Poster Medium: Screen print
Size: 24”x18”
Edition: VE, approx 300
Exhibition Association: None
(Exhibited nationally)

Artist: Ann Chernow
Location: Westport, CT
Poster Title: Butterfly, 2006
Artwork Medium: Mixed media
Poster Medium: Offset
Size: 24”x18”
Edition: 100
Exhibition Association:
NYSE - The Art of Persuasion, 2006
(Exhibited nationally)

Malaquias Montoya,
You Have the Right to Remain Silent,
serigraph, 2006, 23” x 17”

Malaquias Montoya -
Mujer zapatista/Zapatista Woman
1998| Lithograph

Learn this song for Day 1 Wed.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mississippi Steamroll 2016

The Great Mother and Father of the Mississippi Steamroll.

Mississippi Steamroll 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016, local K-12 students will print their blocks as a part of The Perseverance Print Project for Artspire, La Crosse.
Day One: La Crosse Area School District K-12 Students
April 29th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
PumpHouse Parking Lot (stay tuned for rain location)

Saturday, April 30, 2016, local artists and college students will print their blocks and public school students are welcome to spectate. Prints will also be displayed next to the Perseverance Project at Artspire in June. Public schools will receive theirs at the beginning of the fall semester.
Day Two: Independent Artists & Community Members
April 30th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pumphouse Parking Lot (stay tuned for rain location)

 2015 Dirty -Handed, not Devil- Handed, Printfools from alot of Schools:

Mississippi Steamroll 2016 Publicity/Information Links!

UWL Campus Connection:
PumpHouse Page:
Event Page:
Community Page:
Registration Info:
YouTube Video Page:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

KiKi Smith

Printfools studying mystery printmaker Evan Brown, and awarding him a..."thumbs up".

Second! Kiki Smith describes her "poor man's aquatint" in this cool little video.
 Go watch it!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Horst Jannsen

Horst Jannsen will touch on all the print media you are currently dancing with:

Drollerei Kaltnadel
Eva Maria Lupfert
Franka on her Deathbed
Etching and drypoint
Horst Janssen, "Erostod"
Radierung Nr. 7
Horst Janssen, "Spatzen des Hokusai"
Nr. 63
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Anna Poppe. 1966.
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Grüß dich, Lübecker. 1966.
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Woodcut in colors
Your Horst Words below:

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Mystery Printmaker - Evan Brown


Your new BFF Evan Brown is the mystery printmaker who is currently exhibiting in the space age cases outside of the printshop.


Go to the Facebook page to read his answers to your questions and if you haven't watched the video on how he does what he does - do it!

Multiple Exposure Collage with Evan Brown



Sunday, March 06, 2016


It's Mauricio Week PrintFools!

Mauricio was my Prof. This week he will teach you, so go to the links below: 

That link up there will take you to his website now run by his sons, Phillip and Tomas.

Now go to the link below and watch the video. You all need it and the Babies really need it for this week

Inside the Image
 Leave some words...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Crushing the TShirt Day Monday

As you know you will be printing shirts all day Monday. Remember safety is #3:

So, you want to meddle with the press!
Click the link below to look at hundreds of Daumier prints.

And to stay sharp on this odd week of a lost class/work day, go watch this video about sharpening those woodcut tools:
Tool sharpening:

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Snack and Movie Week

PrintFools!! Grab your snacks:

Wayne Thiebaud

Cake Window,


Etching; from Delights, a book of seventeen etchings

Wayne Thiebaud

Double Deckers,


Drypoint; from Delights, a book of seventeen etchings

Image Size:4x5

For more snacks: 
Wayne Thiebaud

Its Movie Week!!!!

Rated G for Babies
Rated PG for Ado's and sort of Big Kids

Better leave words, trouble is on the way because you arent...