Shepard Fairey

Report
Drawing and Painting
4-22 to 4-25
Livoti
Tuesday April 22
Aim: What artists can inspire your linocut portrait print?
Do Now: Begin project brainstorm worksheet
Homework: Sketchbook check Friday- continue “wreck this sketchbook” and
other personal creative work.
Who is Shepard Fairey?
•Born 1970, South Carolina
•Studied as an illustration student at
RISD
•Influenced by
punk/DIY/skateboarding culture
•Printmaking, silk screening, screenprinting, stenciling and sticker making
•“Andre the Giant has a posse” first
sticker- distributed throughout New
England area
•Continues to be a street artistmaking large murals with
posters/spray paint in various cities
•Owns and operates OBEY Giant
clothing, an art gallery called
subliminal projects, and a magazine
called Swindle
•Would like you to question everything
you are confronted with
Street Art
Debby Harry,
lead singer
Blondie
Joey Ramone, mucisian
Andy Warhol,
artist
Pattern in
background,
portraits
become more
shapeoriented vs
line-oriented
Notorious
BIG, rapper
Muhammed Ali, boxer
Henry
Rollins,
Singer and
Public
Speaker
Pre-Cursors to Fairey’s style:
German Expressionist Linocut/Woodblock print portraits
Remember Karl-Schmidt Rotluff?
Swoon: Graffiti artist who uses Linocut as the beginning of her worksWill hand- print large scale linocuts, and then carve the delicate linocut
design from the paper, and paste that paper cut-out onto walls. Now she
works in installations, transforming three dimensional spaces with paper
cutouts, sculpture and linocuts. *currently on view at Brooklyn Museum of
Art!
Wed April 23
Aim: How can you stylize your portrait to reflect a linocut style used in Shepard
Fairey, or Swoon’s artwork?
Do Now: Define positive and negative space and explain its importance in
printmaking
Homework: Sketchbook check Friday- continue “wreck this sketchbook” and
other personal creative work.
Thurs April 24
Aim: How can you transfer your portrait drawing to a linoleum block?
Do Now: Define symmetrical balance and explain how it is used in
printmaking
Homework: Sketchbook check Friday- continue “wreck this sketchbook” and
other personal creative work.
What is printmaking?
Print: An original artwork
+ that is reproduced multiple
times from a surface bearing
an image. The image on the
surface is transferred to
paper using a medium such
as printing ink.
What types of printmaking are there?
• Intaglio: Usually involves metal plate/acid. Ink is
rubbed onto a plate and wiped away so ink only stays
in grooves of plate. Under pressure of a press, the ink is
forced out of the plate and onto the paper.
• Lithography: Areas of stone or metal plates are treated
so ink will be retained by certain areas.
• Relief: Woodcut/linoleum: image is cut away from the
block, the remaining surface is inked and pressed onto
paper
• Screen printing: Ink is forced through a screen and
onto paper by a squeegee.
+
What is a monotype?
A combination of painting and printing; one of a kind- only
one print is made. Most of the ink is removed during the
pressing, thus the image cannot be repeated. Sometimes
there is enough ink left for a ghost print.
+
Texture and Line
Printmaking is an excellent way to
experiment with different textures
for backgrounds and different line
quality.
Depending on the printing method
you use, different textures and line
qualities will be achieved.
Always think about how you can
manipulate materials to achieve
different texture and line.
Fri April 25
Aim: How can you begin to carve your linocut portrait?
Do Now: Explain why carving is necessary to this form of printmaking, and
recall other kinds of printmaking that carving is used in.
Homework: Sketchbook check Friday- continue “wreck this sketchbook” and
other personal creative work.

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