Summer Learning

It is funny because as a teacher or a student, we all look forward those last couple weeks of school to summer vacation. We think days at the beach and hours of reading or computer games, but to me the best summers are where I get to take a couple classes myself! Currently, I am taking one class via Learnable.com and two MCAD Continuing Education classes.

I just stumbled upon Learnable when I was searching for coding classes in web development. Most of the classes run upwards of $600 which is a bit spendy. But through Learnable, I can take classes for $15 a month. I’m taking PHP & MySQL Web Development for Beginners currently but will definitely take HTML5 before the summer is out too.

At MCAD, I’m taking Intro to Screen Printing, which I’ve actually taken before but would like some more studio time and Intro to Illustration. I have enjoyed every class I’ve taken through MCAD. I will definitely post some of my work by the end of the summer 🙂 .

-Shalanah Dawson

Easy Mac 5 Color Screen and Lounging People 2 Color

Here are some recent screen prints from this summer in Open Edition at MCAD. I think I would like to do a series of the Easy Macs in the near future. It was, however, a long road to completion. I completed 1 whole run of 3 color failures before redoing it to the final below. The Lounging People however was a pretty quick edition especially because registration didn’t need to be perfect. Hope you enjoy!

Easy Mac Print and Two Details
Lounging People

 

– Shalanah Dawson

Cameo Inspired 5-Color Silk Screen

I am taking a class this summer at MCAD called “Open Edition”. It is ten weeks long where printmakers may use the MCAD facilities, learn new print techniques and even create an edition for a themed book/body of work. This session’s theme was “Facades”. I drew inspiration from the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota Florida. There were several large marble cameos by Augustus Saint-Gaudens that I quite enjoyed, so I decided to try and create one as a print. The image itself comes from a portrait from my wedding.  It was really challenging getting the right colors on the paper because silk screen ink looks very different when dry (usually much darker). I was constantly checking the ink and waiting for my washed screens to dry to start a new color test. The dimensions of the paper are 8″ x 10″. See the process below!

– Shalanah Dawson

MCAD Continuing Studies Silk Screen Class

As a birthday present, Grant treated me to any class I wanted to sign up for (art or sports related). I immediately started checking out classes on printmaking. I found an awesome class offered by Continuing Studies at MCAD. For four Saturday mornings, from 9:30am-12:30pm, I got to learn how to be a better silk screener! I loved it. Below are some examples.

Lips : 2 Color Freezer Paper Stencil
Animal Cookie Cutters : Rubylith and Opaque Markers on Acetate (Photo Emulsion)
Spiral Me (1 Screen) : Photo Emulsion Blend Pull (Orange to Blue)
Spiral Me (2 Screens) : Photo Emulsion Blend Pull (Blue to Green) and Black Key Pull
Venison : 3 Color Photo Emulsion (I’m a vegetarian, but Grant wants to hang this piece at his hunting camp. Go figure. 🙂 )

Shalanah Backus Continuing Studies Silk Screens

– Shalanah Backus