While in Fairhope, Alabama, around 1920, Wharton was approached by an ambitious young writer named Mary Marcy. Mary had a proposition. She wanted Wharton to illustrate her children’s book on evolution called Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk (1922). This simple request would mark Wharton’s transition from painter to woodworker. In recognition of this collaboration and the nearly 400 total woodblocks Esherick would carve in his printmaking career, we began our annual Imprint Competition and Exhibition. As Imprint 2021 approaches, we excited to bring printmaking to you, wherever you may be!
Esherick worked in relief printing, but why not explore this art form as it relates to other methods of printmaking?
Your challenge is to create one simple design. Then, using any supplies you may have handy (yes, even potatoes will do), translate it to a relief print. Then, try it as a surface print. How are they similar? How are the two different? Don’t forget to share your creations with us!
Teachers: Looking to bring printmaking into your classroom? View our ‘Making an Imprint’ Unit Plan for high school students here.
Take your students through the full five-lesson unit, covering history, criticism, and practice, or simply pick and choose those activities that best suit your needs!