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.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Halloween Happened!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Poems of W. B. Yeats, with art by Richard Diebenkorn.

Any of you PrintFools working on your final series?
You'd better be.

Producing a series is not just an academic chore. Check out Diebenkorn's series:
Poems of W. B. Yeats

Richard Diebenkorn, Coat 5

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween History and Toad Licking



The greatest of all PrintFool holidays looms - be prepared by spending some time searching through the PrintFever past to discover the wealth of scary prints...

 From:   Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rules 1 of Halloween Week - no toad licking

Your favorite week arrives PrintFools:
learn from the following scary images...

Toad licking seems to be the newest intoxicating fad amongst you TeaPartiers and Hipsters (I am glad you stopped huffin' the denatured alcohol), so I traced its roots back to witches who kept toads to lick ... click the title post to learn why you should stop doing this asap. 
From: Friday, April 05, 2013

How the witches anoint themselves so they can fly

Alternate Title: Wie sich die Hexen salbten auf das siefliegen konnten

Portfolio (orig. lang.): Walpurgisnacht

Plate: plate 2

Speaking of past... you'd be wise fools to catch up on your printfevering....
See you for Wed and Thursday costumes, food and haunted elevator rides.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Summer Shop Article!

Finally - the link to the Summer Adventure story, Read and then go to the pictures link.

Fall 2014 Capstone

 I swear had no say in the cover.

Remember that because you all helped me with the recruitment you get to come to class at 9:50 On Monday and 10:25 on Thursday.

Thanks Fools!!


Saturday, October 04, 2014

Pat Steir

Time to spend some time with the printmakers included in the exhibit:
Women and Print: A Contemporary View

The Williamson Gallery at Scripps College

Starting with
Pat Stier.

Little Red Shapes,


Soap ground, sugar lift and spit bite aquatints printed in red

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Summer Pond,


Color hard ground etching with spit bite aquatint and drypoint

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Catch the connection to the color processes you are learning Big Printfools? 
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And for the littlest of printmakers, aquatint! and Australia!

Fred Williams

Hummock and Gum Tree

Etching - Etching, aquatint, engraving, drypoint

Image Size: 15 x 8

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 Big Recruiting Event Friday - stay tuned.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Anders Zorn and Sylvia Schuster

Wipe the OctoberFest vomit off your feet and learn about two very classy etchers...

Anders Zorn

Anders Zorn
The Waltz

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  Sylvia Schuster

Etching, Drypoint, Aquatint on Murillo Paper
Edition 15/18
30 x 18 inches

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See you (vomit free) Monday/Tuesday, Stay tuned for some info about Brad's and Misha's class visit, PrintFools at the Farmers Market.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Richard Diebenkorn week

Richard Diebenkorn
#28 (sketch of Kathan Brown done at Crown Point studio) from 41 Etchings Drypoints,
Image Size: 13" X 7"

Richard Diebenkorn
Self-Portrait from Four Small Prints,
Image Size: 5" X 4"

ALL of you PrintFools are going to Crownpoint this week to look at Diebenkorn.  Find your favorite and comment about it.



Friday, September 12, 2014

Horst JANSEN A hero for PrintFools of all levels!

© Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos

Youall are going on a Field Trip to visit Horst.
First stop:
Art Institute of Chicago

Second stop:
Hermitage Museum

Fill your heads with that Drypoint you Baby PrintFools! 

Drollerei Kaltnadel

All that color for you Adolescent Fools!

Eva Maria Lupfert

And that content for you Big Kid Fools!
Horst Janssen, "Erostod"
Radierung Nr. 7

See You all at the PumpHouse, 9/12 at 5pm for the BeardedBaby and the ToxicAvenger Exhibit! 


Friday, September 05, 2014

'Lembaga Budaya Kerakyatan Taring Padi

PrintFools! What do you really know about Xylography?

I can see by the ankle deep shavings on the floor that you are carving those chunks of MDF but are you forgetting that the finished print had better quiver with content and meaning?

Meet some more Xylography heroes who live by meaning:

'Lembaga Budaya Kerakyatan Taring Padi

"...Since 1998 a group of young Indonesian artists and activists from Yogyakarta, a city in central Java, wearing punk hairstyles and tattoos and calling themselves the 'Lembaga Budaya Kerakyatan Taring Padi', or the Organisation of People's Culture Fangs of Rice, have initiated an art movement opposed to the 'art business' in galleries because of its obvious associations with capitalism. Living and working in a deserted school building, they design images, posters, banners, cartoons and t-shirts based on political and social themes and display them in public places and at demonstrations..."

 Stay tuned this week for a little more Xylography. Band aids will be provided but not for your souls...

Monday, September 01, 2014

Fall 2014 Begins! D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.

Printmaking Fall 2014 begins with a TEST

1). Is Paul Gauguin Printmaker or Painter?

Answer =  Both


Paul Gauguin, Noa Noa, 1893-94.

D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.

2). Do you speak French?  What does the title below mean?
D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.

Answer =  Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

3). Answer the questions below:
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
  (D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.)

 Answer =  
 Where Do We Come From? 
 (This is you waiting to get into the PrintShop)

Harry Gottlieb

(Waiting for Work), c.1935


 What Are We?
 (This is you - Arriving this week and ready to work your butt to the bone all semester)

Gottlieb, Harry (1895-1992) -

1941 Going to Work


Where Are We Going?
(This is you - Drunk on Print Love, Pain and Sweat and Blood)

Drunken Silenusa, 1628, Jose de Ribera (1591 â 1652). Etching and engraving 270 x 347 mm.

Your New Revised Revised Revised Revised, Revised ,Revised, Revised Very Green Course Syllabus

Course Name...Printmaking ART 218 318, 413, 419, 425: 001, 002
Semester...Fall 2014
Time... 8:50 -11:20/M&W/(sec 1)TuTh 9:25AM - 11:55AM
/(sec 2)
Location... Print Shop
Instructor: Joel Elgin Office X 8839 jelgin
Studio/Office – M: 1:15 – 2:15: Tuesday/ Thursday: 9:00 - 9:25. 12:00-12:30 or by appointment

The Student Will Be Introduced To Intaglio & Woodcut In Section 218. In 318 Litho Is The Media. In 418 The Media Will Focus On Color, Including The Techniques Of  Mono-Print & Serigraphy. In 419,425 The Student Will Continue Her/His Creative Research By Addressing Technical And Aesthetic Issues In The Discipline. All Sections Will Consist Of Historical/Studio Exploration; Concurrently Students Will Apply The Technical, Theoretical Knowledge Gained To His/Her Own Content.

Intensive Studio Exploration, Demonstration, Gallery Museum Field Trips, Lecture, Video, Group, In Progress And Individual Critiques, Shop Labors, Coffee, Snack Time and Numerous Theme Days

The Final Grade Will Be Determined By Applying The Following Criteria:
(Note: Assessment Sheet)
1. Subjective
-The Content Of The Work Produced
2. Technical Application
-The Application Of The Technical Material Learned In Class
3. Attendance:
Two Tardies = One Absence (attendance is taken each day)
Two Absences = Grade Lowers One Level
Three Absences = Grade Lowers One More Level
Four Absences _ You Flunk (this is very serious – if you cant accept this policy please withdraw from the course. You will be expected to remain in the shop during class and to participate in all shop experiences.


4. Shop experiences:
Critiques, classroom discussions and positive constructive participation are all vital to an active atelier. Your energy/input is essential and required. Negativity will poison the atelier for everyone. You will receive a separate grade for Shop experiences.

5. Out Of Class Work:
It Is Required That You Arrange At least Six Out Of Class Studio Hours A Week. This Time Will Be Spent (And Logged In) In The Print Shop. Your grade will be lowered if you do not meet this requirement.  You will receive a separate grade for Outside of Class Shop Time.

 You may NOT work in the shop at the following times.
  • Friday Mornings: until 1PM (don’t bug me about this, don’t whine about it – its always been in place so schedule accordingly)
  • During class that you are not enrolled in. M/W AM types cant work during T/TH class and vise versa (I might change my mind about this though)

Blog Work: You must read/post comments on the blog each week before the W class. Your FINAL course grade will be lowered one mark for every two misses. Pop blog quizzes WILL occur throughout the semester. You WILL archive a collection of printmakers who influence you and be prepared to discuss them

Shop/Labor Work: YOUR shop has been called the “cleanest” printshop by nearly every academic reviewer, visiting artist that has visited UWL. You will be assigned your very own individual labor for the semester and you WILL  complete your labor each class day. As Shop Maintenance is a part of the function of the Atelier you will receive a grade for Shop Maintenance work.

You Have Paid A Shop Fee That Covers Most Materials. Additional will be explained.

"Any student with a document disability (physical, sensory, psychological, AD/HD, current or former military service member with wounded warrior status) who needs reasonable accommodations must register with Disability Resource Services, 165 Murphy Library, 608-785-6900, at the beginning of the semester. It is also the student's responsibility to discuss his or her needs with me in a timely manner."

"Students must know and scrupulously follow UW-L policies regarding academic honesty. Information about these policies may be found at http:/

 Get those Brand New Baby PrintFools signed up here and on Facebook.... Big Fools.... you better be reading this, and commenting.


Sunday, June 29, 2014


 Flying Woman 

"...David Lynch described how he felt about the process of printmaking: "It has the same sort of excitement as when you go to the photo shop to get your pictures back. Even though you took them, they never come out exactly the way you see them through the camera. There is always some sort of surprise, and that's the way it is with printmaking. With action and reaction exciting things begin to happen."..."


DAVID LYNCH at Tandem 



DAVID LYNCH at Kayne Griffin

Thursday, June 26, 2014 ...tying so many printmakers together it's ridiculous!

Fellow printmakers of thy heart,

staying connected to what's going down in the print world can be challenging (as we all live busy lives). No doubt all of us have our "favorite" sites and printmakers we gravitate toward...but we crave more, yes? We want our fingers on the pulse of emerging printmakers, techniques, and haps! & the University of Iowa's Printmaking Program

Check out if you haven't already. The three founders of the site met and studied printmaking together at the University of Iowa and received their MFA's in 2002. There's a great article/interview on the art21 blog about it (see excerpt below or click on link to read full article)

Also, check out their links page. & Kitchen Lithography 

Shout out to Kirky B. He reminded me about this site a few years ago while I was testing out the processes of "Kitchen Lithography," a process created by an MFA French printmaker named Émilie Aizier. Aizier came up with a non-toxic lithography process using simple kitchen ingredients to ensure people would be able to always print, regardless of being connected to a print studio or shop. Aizier is incredibly generous. She contacted me after finding some of my kitchen lithography online. We keep in touch and she answers questions and is a wonderful resource (if you should chose to contact her).

Kitchen Litho (step-by-step instructions) on Printzeal (my blog) -

Kitchen Litho - Youtube   - Emilie Aizier's video   - My video (featuring our very own Bonno & Kirky B)

find something new on Printeresting and post any comments

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Print Games!

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Hot Cockles sounds like the name of something you buy at a food truck that is absolutely delicious and greatly shortens your life expectancy. Turns out only the second part is true. This is a Victorian-era variation of everyone’s favorite classic Blind Man’s Bluff, because apparently it was such a good game that it needed spin-offs. One person sits in a chair while the main player puts their head in their lap. One by one, everyone else comes up behind them and kicks them. The object of the game is for the guy being kicked to correctly guess who just kicked him. If he gets it right, the person he identified is the new punching bag. Sometimes the simplest things are the most memorable, but if you can’t manage to remember, the bruises will help.

A game for  you FOOLS:

Babies - start clicking and reading, then write:

 Big Kids! - click below, explore and write about your newly discovered printmaking hero:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

May the prints of William Kentridge shine fiercely on our print-heads like the hot scorching sun!

Summer Printmaking 2014 - By any means necessary (print-fools)...we shall PRINT LIKE THE WIND!


Telephone Lady (2000)
Linocut on rice paper and canvas
Image and paper 216 x 120 x 203 cm
© the artist (2011)

Ubu Tells the Truth (1996-7)
Etching with soft ground, aquatint and drypoint
Image 25 x 30 cm
© the artist (2011)

...more prints by Kentridge

...William Kentridge and "The Nose" Opera & Etchings

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