To usher in Fall, instructors used natural materials introduce printmaking to the students. The first activity incorporated crayons to create relief images of leaves. Students were able to choose from a variety of sizes and types of leaves and arrange them underneath a sheet of paper. Using the side of a crayon, the artists made pattens guided by the impressions of the leaves.
The second part of the lesson employed the same leaves but this time switching mediums to paint. Staff selected autumnal colors and created three stations: yellow, orange, and red. Students saturated their leaves one color at a time, then pressing them on heavier medium paper. They continued this process, creating layered prints. These homages to autumn turned out lovely and the artists were able to explore different approaches to printmaking and experiment with nontraditional materials.