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Families with children ages six and up are invited to look, learn, and create together in this hands-on workshop inspired by Meleko Mokgosi's new commission at UMMA, Pan-African Pulp. Mokgosi’s work, inspired by African photo novels of the 1960s and 70s, transforms images of people and their surroundings into larger-than-life panels. Guided by local artist Sajeev Vadakoottu, participants will transfer, compose, and transform their own images (please bring your phones!) to create a relief print, acting as characters in scenes of their own making.    This workshop will give a basic introduction to the block printing (a relief printmaking technique). Block printing refers to a technique where images are transferred from paper to the raised portion of a carved or etched block. In this technique, drawings are made on a foam sheet or soft kut block and the negative space is carved out from the desired areas. In the next stage, ink is applied on the surface using a roller. Finally, prints are taken using a manual spooning technique, which applies pressure to the ink and paper transfers the image to paper. 

Parents must accompany children. 

Please note:  

Relief printmaking requires sharp tools to carve the cut block. In traditional relief printmaking, sharp tools are used to carve the cut block. This technique requires close parental supervision and is best suited for children ages 8 and above.

  For families that prefer to avoid the use of sharp tools, alternate materials will be available. We cannot guarantee your spot if you arrive more than 15 minutes late.   Parents must accompany children. We cannot guarantee your spot if you arrive more than 15 minutes late.

Family Art Studio is generously supported by the University of Michigan Credit Union Arts Adventures Program, UMMA's Lead Sponsor for Student and Family Engagement.  

Lead support is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan African Studies Center and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.
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