Jean Sanders' Introduction to Printmaking class is taking advantage of the print study room at the Palmer Museum of Art, University Park. The room provides students and researchers a place to study the sometimes-fragile works on paper in the museum's permanent collection.
Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman curator at the Palmer, talks about a representative sample of prints from the museum's collection.
Students including Sarah Seybert were encouraged to get up-close and personal with the prints. One of the advantages of the print study room is that it gives researchers a space where they can study artwork closely, without the barriers of glass and frame.
Jean Sanders, associate professor art, examines a print as Patrick McGrady lectures in the background.
Emily Guman, an undergraduate art student, takes notes on what she sees in the prints.
Fookeung Chan, an undergraduate student majoring in arts and architecture, examines a print. The class recently spent time learning about block printing.
Students were invited to examine the prints closely to look for cracks filled with ink and for identifying watermarks.
Patrick McGrady, who wore white cotton gloves when handling the prints, shows students the reverse printing on a page from a very early book.
Student Janis Fisher found that sometimes the best way to look at something closely is to look over the eyeglasses.
"This is here so you people can get your noses right up to the art," Patrick McGrady said.
This is an example of one the prints the students were examining.
Students Janis Fisher and Fookeung Chan examine a print, looking for characteristics outlined in the lecture.