By Helen Newell ’18
On Friday, December 4th, 25 teachers from all over Maine gathered in the art room for a seven hour workshop from 8-3 to learn printmaking techniques from a well-esteemed artist Hope Rovelto. Rovelto is an esteemed graduate from the Maine College of Arts, and lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches at the University of Arts and runs her own screenprinting business. Velto flew in from Philadelphia Pennsylvania to provide these teachers with low-tech, cost effective, informative demonstrations on many different techniques, including transferring images onto clay, printing and working with different textures, and using different printmaking techniques on the surfaces. The teachers of mostly middle and high school students will take these techniques to their students and provide them with the different strategies to create these intriguing and creative styles.
Fran Rudolf, the executive director of the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, attended and organized this day-long event, noting that they spent time recruiting phenomenal teachers from Cape Elizabeth to Unity to attend the event.
The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts is approaching their 29th summer of providing workshops for teachers and students all over the country, with programs like Mudmobile, a travelling ceramics education program teaching artists trained to bring clay art education and programming to different places in Maine. Watershed also does multiple workshops, like Salad Days on the second Saturday of July, where community members carry home 500 handcrafted plates loaded with local food, all created by in-residence artists who work hard to get them done. Events like this one connect ceramics with fun, and get community members involved with the arts who wouldn’t have been otherwise. Watershed will continue to provide both students and teachers with workshops on ceramic arts, helping artists and Maine teachers gain skills and provide students with the information they need to explore the world of ceramic arts.
To contact the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts for information on upcoming workshops, call (207) 882-6075 or email email@example.com
Helen Newell ’18 is a Communications Intern at Lincoln Academy.