The class just finished a printmaking project the day before they went to see Master Printers at Paulson Bott create a Mary Lee Bendolph etching. Students had the opportunity to talk with the printers about their art school experiences and internships, and see the extensive printing process up close. The Paulson Bott building is also tagged by legendary Berkeley artist Gats, which provided the perfect segue to discussing murals and graffiti in the community. Students spent the following week in class debating whether public spaces should be designated for street art in order to discourage illegal graffiti. Check out a few snippets of the field trip below.
“One of my favorite parts of this experience was listening to the questions the students asked the Master Printers. Understanding different parts of the art world and what the life of a real artist looks like is a huge part of this course, and it was exciting to see that happen on the field trip!" Kalyn Olson, Visual Arts Expeditions Teacher. Kalyn brings tremendous passion and expertise from her experience working at a fine art gallery and artists’ workshop as well as studying both Art History and Economics at UCLA.