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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Levi Robb event

PrintFools, big week in your lives because starting today you meet Levi Robb AND get to ask him how the hell he does what he does and why.

LOCUST 2 Media: Woodcut & concrete block relief with pen & ink on Japanese paper

Locust 1. 2013. woodcut and concrete block relief on Japanese paper.

 I met Levi few weeks back at Olson Larsen gallery and had the pleasure of interrogating him face to face. I was intrigued by his prints and of course plan to steal some of his methods. He has agreed to field your questions through PrintFever and the UWL Facebook page.

He writes:
"The process I use comes from a primal urge to create, stemming from a deeper level of visceral emotion. There is little room for thinking or contemplation in the process, only doing. To me it is a natural form of communication, much like the written word or oral communication. It starts with the material and ends with the material. I select found objects and raw materials to manipulate and use in the printmaking process. Metal, wood, concrete, rubber, bone, construction waste and garbage are a few of the items used in my process of making. In a sense, I see my work as a reflection, or shadow, of an unmade sculpture. Multiple reliefs pulled from multiple objects and materials to form a final composition. After the additive process I switch to a subtractive act by scraping, smudging and removing applied media where I feel necessary. It is less about a single refined design carved into a matrix and rather a layering of acts and events forming a final image and atmosphere."

 Go to Levi's page for more images:

Go to his Olson Larsen page for more images:


It will work this way... you can post questions on our Facebook page until Wed afternoon. Following your questions, Levi will answer on Facebook.

Hell of an event huh?  Don't slack, jump on this opportunity.


Sunday, March 08, 2015

German artists of WW1/WW2 Dix and Beckman

--> As you eaze into Springbreak know of the satirical portraits, lithographs and visual accounts of the tragedy of war produced by German artists of WW1/WW2:

Otto DIX

Germany 1891 – 1969

Nachtliche Begegnung mit einem Irrsinnigen [Night-time encounter with a madman], plate 22 from Der Krieg Intaglio etching, aquatint, drypoint

Watch this video!

Go to this site! 


Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950)
The Street (plate 3) [Die Strasse (Blatt 3)] from Hell (Die Hölle)
Lithograph 1919

 Go to this site!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

- Los tres grandes. Mexico after the Revolution of 1910. (early/mid 1900 - late 1900's)


Artists changing the world... improving society.

You are off to Mexico today:

"From 1910 to 1920 civil war ravaged the nation as citizens revolted against dictator Porfirio Díaz. At the heart of the Revolution was the belief—itself revolutionary—that the land should be in the hands of laborers, the very people who worked it. This demand for agrarian reform signaled a new age in Mexican society: issues concerning the popular masses—universal public education and health care, expanded civil liberties—were at the forefront of government policy."

David Alfaro Siqueiros 
(During the 1920s and early 1930s. Siqueiros was jailed often for his political work)

Moisés Sáenz
1931  Lithograph

  Guardian of the Peace
1945  Lithograph

Diego Rivera

Flower Market
1930  Lithograph

José Clemente Orozco

The Hanged Men from the portfolio The American Scene, No. 1
(1933-34, published 1935)


Dont forget that we are ALL printing like fools Monday for Creative IMP. 
Don't be late because we have to gird our loins for this battle:

 See you Monday.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Théodore Gericault (1791 - 1824) VS (Bertrand-Jean) Odilon Redon (1840–1916

Two More French Printmakers:

Boxers  1818
Théodore Gericault (French, Rouen 1791–1824 Paris)

  (Bertrand-Jean) Odilon Redon (1840–1916)


 French And some images from Representative Jill(y) Billings Day:

 Stay tuned this week for info regarding Creative Imp. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

HONORÉ DAUMIER - social satire (mid - late 1800s)

social satire (mid - late 1800s)

For his biting depictions of Emperor Louis-Philippe in the weekly journal La Caricature in 1832, Daumier spent six months in prison

Go here and search by theme to learn more about others who Daumier found worth of ridicule. Then for your comment leave the name of a print.

Thanks to your own Nhouchee you are officially provided the names (below) of the printmakers who will appear on your scary test

Käthe Kollwitz

George Zielezinski 

Honore Daumier

Leonard Baskin

 Rep. Jill Billing swill be here Monday from 9:30 to 11:00 to talk to us about Human Trafficking.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Valentines week and so much more

The long awaited week of love looms:
Precious valentines will be presented, epic poems will be read, massive amounts of treats will be consumed, tears (of joy or pain?) will certainly flow and of course much more will be learned.

Venus Whipping Cupid with Roses, early 17th century
Giovanni Luigi Valesio (Italian, 1583?–1633)
7 15/16 x 5 1/4 in. (20.2 x 13.4 cm
Poor Venus's tries to discipline her bad baby Cupid, with no help from a satyr (the embodiment of lust). In Italian the inscription reads: love is not so easily chastised.

Psyche mit der Lampe, by Max Klinger
(click the post title for more by Max Klinger)
The love affair between Cupid and Psyche is one of the best known classical myths, recounted in the Latin novel The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Cupid, lover of the mortal Psyche, forbids her to cast eyes upon him and visits her only at night. Disobeying him, Psyche holds a light over his sleeping body, for which she is punished by Aphrodite.
Beware PrintFools, the week will demand the learning of new skills and some sort of balance of head and heart. Here is an early valentine for you all... a little video made by Thomas Edison, watch carefully, because you will all perform the dance...

And for this week:

A little history on Litho...
 The Father of all Litho Heads:
If you are a dedicated Litho Head you will read this:
If you arent you are an...
Paul Gavarni (1804-1866), Enfant Terrible, 1833. Lithograph.

An alumni Enfant Terrible?
Dance Monkey Dance!

KEEP READING -  to see your baby printmaking future!!


Time to travel PrintFools, time to celebrate Drypoints. The first leg of your journey takes you back in time to June of 1999, I realize most of you weren’t born yet but go anyway to learn about the:
Open War-Studio:
"Fourth Graphic Art Bienial, Dry Point, had to be delayed because of NATO aggression on Yugoslavia. In meanwhile, we decided to mark the day when this international manifestation was supposed to begin, we have opened Open War-Studio, and we called artists from Yugoslavia to join."

Click here for more:

GRAPHIC ART BIENIAL has great things to say about the humble dryoint:

“If a drawing is the first,real,sincere and essential artistic expression, the first record of idea or its complex and final definition, dry point is just that and all that. It is chivarly in graphic art,exact and real, it is strict ,not allowing hesitation, it is subtle and delicate, dreamy and airy. It can be used to tell various things, a tiny twinkling and a heavy chord... It is modest but so rich!”



SZUREK PIOTR, Poland,  "SELF PORTRAIT", 1998, 100x67cm

Now click down there to see more drypoints from Graphic Art Bienial,-  Under: “previous events” .

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Leonard Baskin with some CannonBall and PrintFool Craziness

Leonard Baskin!
 For all of you woodcutting, color working, litho and intaglio heads!

Leonard Baskin, Self Portrait, 1951 Woodcut, 52.4 x 46.5 cm

 Go here for lots of Baskin images: 

And, Some CannonBall Press Craziness:

And, Some Of Our Own, For Any Of The Littlest of Printmaking Fools Who Haven't Seen How We Cut and Print Wood Here:

To read the Mahasstava   From the Jataka tales again travel over to:

Dont forget to comment you slackers!!! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Spring of 2015 brings you...

Spring of 2015 brings you...

Käthe Kollwitz, Der Sturm (The Riot)
Etching for The Revolt of the Weavers, 1897



George Zielezinski
The Women's Roll Call

Lu Hongmei
reduction woodblock print


 New Stuff For Thursday!
Medium Sized PrintFools:

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
 And watch the little video below...

Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

LithoHeads and Medium Sized PrintFools:

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...Spring 2015
Time... 8:50AM -11:20AM/M&W/(sec 1) 1:10AM -3:40AM
/M&W(sec 2)
Location... Print Shop
Instructor: Joel Elgin Office X 8839 jelgin
Studio/Office – M/W: 11:25 – 12:00: T/Th: 10:30 - 11:00 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.
Please see specific handouts for Section 1 and Section 2 for further details/information.

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)

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. Scheduled blog quizzes WILL occur throughout the semester.

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:/