Author Archives: Libby Clarke

Purpose and Vision

Here is a presentation I prepared for the meeting today!

Every student at City Tech should know we exist.

Events, demos, classes, shows… I want the whole community to know us as a force for good. Printmaking is about generosity, democracy, opportunity, and making something with what seems tone nothing.

Let’s make our own equipment, be scrappy, fight the good fight!

This club is about empowerment through personal visual communication. Printmaking taught me problem solving, gave me a history of protest, propaganda, and commerce to draw from as I made my art. I want to get the students excited about the potential involved in a few simple items, some ingenuity, and a lot of elbow grease. Let’s build presses, screens, tools! Let’s find all we need on the cheap, or from stuff being thrown away! I am tired of dependance upon others!

Let’s make some art.

Yes, we are in a design program, and we have plenty to learn in that arena in formal classes. The PMC will be a chance for pure expression through printmaking. We will hold critiques, shows, set up our own print exchanges with other schools in the area, all while learning our butts off! ART!

Let’s make all of our own visual resources: textures, etc.

What we make has to start showing up in their design. My art leeches into my every step, even now that I don’t get to make it very often. It’s in my blood. I want that for all City Tech students.

Let’s learn to love the evolution and flux of technology!

Printmaking has evolved in close step with every major revolution in communication, manufacturing, and communication. Let’s take it all apart, look at the basics, and understand how the tools change over time. Technology is not the tool, it is how we use and develop tools to achieve our intentions.

Let’s collaborate with process and learn to love chance.

Fine art printmaking is not so much about complete mastery of your materials as it is about dealing with what the materials and environment do to the ink and your idea. You have to always be aware of how the paper is behaving, how much moisture is in the air, or whether the plate is hot enough to soften the ground. When you are less aware, the process will teach to be more so, but most of the time, the mistakes are revelatory and exciting.

Printmaking Club Meeting Thursday, February 26!

ct_pmc_meet01_01Meeting Flyer

We are really trying to get the club ratified and on its way. I need help! As you can see, this email is coming out the day before the next meeting. I just had too much to get this out sooner.

Printmaking Club Meeting

Namm 1119 1:30-2:15pm,  Thursday, Feb 26

I know some of you cannot come, but reach out, facebook about it tweet, all that! Get friends to come! I am attaching the pdf and a jpg so you can send the info to others as needed.
Come and sign up for a position, help write the constitution, and design the first offsite field trip! I will have a short lecture on printmaking for you, so be sure to get there by 1:45.
We will also discuss what you want to start to do – let’s just pick a form of printmaking to learn, then we will make it happen. One way or another, we will get the printing going! I also have space for a show in the Gowanus area, so we can show anything we make or hold a print exchange. All up for discussion!


Valentine’s Day Action, 2015

We took 5 pound of raw potatoes, some kraft paper, a few really cheap paring knives and proceeded to have a couple hours of amazing fun.

All photos courtesy of Mandy Mei.

Valentines with the PMC

Oh snap! No class on Thursday, which means no Club Hours! Printmaking Club, join me in the atrium on Friday, Feb 13th at 2:15 – 4pm for an impromptu and unauthorized Valentine Card workshop. I will have potatoes, paper, and paint. Let’s get people excited about what we are starting! I will also have handouts on simple relief printing as every moment is a teaching moment. ‪#‎CityTechPrintmakingClub‬ ‪#‎CTPMC‬ ‪#‎PMCForevah‬

Here is the flyer as a PDF ct_pmc_valentine_05

Forming the Club Officially

Here is the page on the City Tech website describing the process.

Student Organization Form
This is a form online, we need to pick a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary and fill that in today.

Public Data Information
This form is to be completed online. Similar to the Student Organization Form, this form is the information about your club that Student Life will give out publicly.

Hard Copy Forms

Club Rosters
We will fill these out and file them as needed.

Signature Cards
You will need to complete two (2) signature cards with the signatures of the President, Treasurer and the Advisor. These cards are available in the Office of Student Life and Development, G-516.

Club Constitution
You will need to submit a club constitution. Here is a Google Doc already set up, we just need to edit it to suit our needs.

Calling all 1st and 2nd year ADGA Students! Volunteers needed!

Calling ALL 1st and 2nd Year ADGA Students!
Prof. Clarke is conducting research and needs volunteers!

Here is the flyer.

The Project:

Using Printmaking Techniques to Teach Metacognitive Skills to Design Students
Volunteers will come to a 3-hour session and learn cool printmaking techniques while reviewing bedrock skills that could help you with your current work. This research will help shape the development of lessons, syllabi and the AGDA curricula for years to come.

Upcoming Sessions:

Saturday, March 22, 9-12pm, Room N1103 (6 people needed)
Saturday, March 22, 1-4pm, Room N1103 (6 people needed)

If you are interested, please contact Prof. Clarke immediately so she can provide further information to you.

  • All information/work you provide will be confidential.
  • All materials will be provided to you at no cost whatsoever.
  • All terms of the project will be fully explained to you before you sign the consent form.
  • The work produced by the anonymous volunteers will be used in research papers, publications, curriculum development and presentations. NO NAMES OR IDENTIFYING DETAILS WILL EVER BE USED.
  • Photos that are taken will have all faces blocked or edited out in order to protect the identities of all volunteers.

Contact Information:

Professor Sharon E. (Libby) Clarke:, N1126