February 28, 2000
Printmaking students learn more than just technique
By Barbara McKenna
Students worked in a range of printmaking media, including stone lithography, relief printing, intaglio, photo lithography, computer imagery, and die-cutting. The resulting portfolio expressed the assigned concepts in an emotional range from playful to disturbing.
Through a minigrant from the Center for Teaching Excellence, the cost of materials was covered, enabling the students to invest in a range of fine papers and diverse printing surfaces. The class was able to produce enough portfolios--25 in all--for each student to have their own. But for Rangell the less-tangible work the students took with them was equally important.
"A lot of my energy on this project went into making the group work and making them teach each other and push each other. The students were of an unusually high level of skill, and the chemistry of the class was such that genuine respect, tolerance, and stimulation emerged. The group challenged each other to very high objectives of content, concept, and technique. Their physical stamina and work ethic were truly remarkable."
Rangell has donated a copy of The Millennium Portfolio to Special Collections in McHenry Library. The portfolio can be viewed during Special Collections' regular hours. For information, call ext. 9-2547.