Over the past month or so, I have been working with two different groups of teenagers.
Group One: MASS MoCA Teenspace
I have a teaching artist residency with MASS MoCA’s Teenspace program. A group of incredibly talented and interesting teens from all over the north county have been gathering either at Kidspace or PRESS for the past eight weeks to learn about printmaking, bookmaking and how text and image go together. We even had a great private class and behind the scene tour of A Life’s Work with Johnny Carrera. I’ve been able to do this work in part thanks to a Local Cultural Council Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. (Thank you!)
Group Two: Drury High School Students
A small group of students and their teachers, eight total, came to PRESS twice. First to get an introduction to letterpress printing, print media and the history of type. After an hour of demos, questions and conversation they were sent away to make their own sandragraphs. Two weeks later they returned to print them, a great couple of hours of printing and creative problem solving.