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ART WORK: A Printmaking Workshop


1: 6/26/2023 - 7/9/2023


Visual Art & Design


Printmaking masterclass celebrating the history of art, labor, and the many communities that constitute the cultural tapestry of the Central Valley of California. Learn the practice of woodblock printmaking and the colorful history of posters, the labor movement, and the practice of printmaking in the community as a means of information dissemination, protest, and rallying to a cause. We will visit local galleries and archives, meet labor leaders and art historians, hold a community printmaking workshop, and mount an exhibition of your work.

Who Should Take This Class

Artists, activists, or socially engaged students with a passion for labor movements, printmaking, and anti-racist and decolonized art practices. Those with nterest in art-making and creative expression, art, California history, and ethnic and visual studies students for an applied art praxis.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

Personal Statement: In 200-300 words, please describe your connection to and interest in taking this class.

Course Coordinator

Ian Pollock holds a Master of Fine Art degree in New Media Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor In Fine Art in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is involved in transdisciplinary research and collaborations into game jams, hackathons, playable media, neuroscience, computer science and afro-futurism across traditional academic boundaries. He reviews academic and scholarly articles for Leonardo Journal and for SIGSCE and ITICSCE conferences.

Guest Artists

Maymanah Farhat

Maymanah Farhat is an art historian and curator based in Fresno, California. Her research and scholarship focus on underrepresented artists and forgotten art scenes. She has curated exhibitions at museums, galleries, and art spaces throughout the US and abroad, and has contributed to a wide range of art publications.

Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Daniel Drennan ElAwar is an educator and activist. In 2009, he founded the artists’ collective جمع اليد (Jamaa Al-Yad) in Beirut, where he formerly lived and worked. Since 2017, he has been working as an assistant professor of Illustration and Printmaking at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada.

Marcus Dénommé

Marcus​​ Dénommé was born and raised on Algonquin Timiskaming first nations territory in Ontario, Canada. Here, Dénommé grew a deep passion for the intersection of art and activism. Dénommé honed their craft as a communications designer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where they discovered traditional printmaking and bookmaking practices.

Yaazhin Pi​​llay

Yaazhin Pillay received a Masters degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. As a South African Indian, Yaazhin examines the experience of diasporic communities and attempts to make clear the positionality of those within the Global South. His works promote an anti-apartheid, anti-empirical, anti-Eurocentric perspective, featuring imagery from Hindu, Vedic and Buddhist philosophy.