Saturday, January 19, 2008

THE ART OF PRINTMAKING AT UP DILIMAN


Printmaking is the art of producing printed images on paper. Its process involves the transfer of an image or design from a plate (a prepared surface) onto paper for the purpose of artistic expression. Printmaking techniques include woodcut, wood engraving, linocut, etching, metal engraving, collograph, serigraph, and lithograph among others.

And if you wish to know more about it, the Philippine Association of Printmakers will be offering a free lecture and demonstration on Thursday, January 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Landing Gallery, Jorge B. Varga Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, UP Diliman Campus.

In tandem with the free lecture and demonstration is an exhibit -- autoretrato: Virgillio Aviado's Selected Graphic Works from 1950 to 1990 -- that will feature 49 of Aviado's visual landscapes translated into drawings and prints. The exhibition is made possible with the support of Avellana Art Gallery and runs until January 27, 2008.

The Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP) in its four decades of existence continues to bring art to the people with its multi-original prints, exhibiting and holding workshops to promote the art form and subsequently to democratize art.

It was founded in 1968 through the pioneering efforts of Manuel Rodriguez, Sr., along with Adiel Arevalo and other printmakers he mentored. It has since become the prime mover of graphic arts in the country. For almost forty years, the association has devoted itself to the promotion of printmaking and bringing art to the people.

PAP programs include the continuous training of members, regular exhibitions, annual competitions, outreach workshops and lectures, and hosting of exchange programs with international visiting artists. From its ranks, the Philippines was represented in international exhibitions, competitions, biennales and triennials. In 2001, it was conferred the Dangal ng Haraya Lifetime Achievement Award for Cultural Promotions by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.


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posted by Señor Enrique at 7:49 AM


8 Comments:

Blogger nutart said...

I find printmaking a very tedious and nervewracking exercise. I had a friend who won several awards as a printmaker and whenever I see her do a print using the sole antique printer at the college...we were then located above the Main Library...my goodness! I really thought twice about enrolling in the course! You need to have a lot of patience and focus as well as an intense passion for this art form. Which my friend had lots of!

That enigmatic photo of the Admin Building...did you shoot it at the break of dawn? Very nice composition :-)! It gives me the goose bumps.

January 19, 2008 8:57 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Took the pic around 7am one Sunday morning, Bernadette. Thanks :)

Whoa! Didn't realize that printmaking is so demanding. But then again so is pottery, no? Reminds me, too, of Japanese brush painting -- uch like active meditation -- in which on'e hert, soul and full attention must be on it. Nonetheless, the masters always make it look so easy.

This lecture/demonstration on printmaking is indeed a fine opportunity for those interested in knowing the process of this art.

January 20, 2008 7:09 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi J!

Just realized it now, too, that printmaking has a vibrant community. And I am one of those who appreciate this art very much.

January 20, 2008 7:12 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi J!

Just realized it now, too, that printmaking has a vibrant community. And I am one of those who appreciate this art very much, though unaware of its process.

January 20, 2008 7:13 AM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

I am very interested in doing print making and wish I couldn't attend that lecture on the 24th. Sayang, I just couldn't fly there. Bakit ba ang layo nang Pinas? Love that beautiful photo of the U.P. administration bldg. Reminds me of my old alma mater. Thanks for posting.

January 21, 2008 6:37 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Ebb Tide,

Much to my delight, there are lots of interesting and informative lectures and demonstrations on various creative subjects going on in Metro Manila! I think it's wonderful and hope that many local follks who have the time take advantage of such.

My pleasure and thanks, too!

January 21, 2008 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir,
May work ako ni mr. Adiel Arevalo ang title ay gabi sa gubat. 1974 sya ginawa. Saan ko kaya pwedeng ibenta kasi kelangan ko ng funds para sa operation ng mother ko.09125009974 ang no ko. pls text kung may interesado.

April 28, 2009 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir,
May work ako ni mr. Adiel Arevalo ang title ay gabi sa gubat. 1974 sya ginawa. Saan ko kaya pwedeng ibenta kasi kelangan ko ng funds para sa operation ng mother ko.09125009974 ang no ko. pls text kung may interesado.

April 28, 2009 10:35 AM  

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