Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Frogman's Print and Paper Workshop

(Copper plates and stages of a print, by Oscar Gillespie.)

I attended Frogman's Print and Paper workshop this last week, and as always had an amazing week. Frogman's is the child of Lloyd Menard, recently retired professor emeritus of the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, SD. What started as a renegade camping workshop with tents and printing presses in the Black Hills is now a flourishing workshop hosted in the classrooms of the art department of USD. Every year, Frogman's invites the finest professors in the nation to teach their craft for a week. If you are at all interested in prints or printmaking, it is for beginners and advanced printers. Check it out at

Every year I meet amazing people, get a chance to talk shop, trade printing secrets, trade prints, and watch people go crazy at the local bowling alley and karaoke bar. This year I took metal engraving with Oscar Gillespie. Oscar is a world renown metal engraver and his prints are some of my all time favorites.

Copper engraving by Oscar Gillespie, based on a Leonard Baskin sketch of a beast

Many of the links listed on the side are notable printmakers from the workshop--check them out!

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