OCA Printmaking 2 PARALLEL PROJECT Picasso

OCA Printmaking 2 Parallel Project Picasso the Challenger, Challenging me.



December 2015  

Final Draft of Parallel Project submitted with Assignment 5 for comment


VIDEOS added during work on ASSIGNMENT 5

Still life prints

Picasso shells https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lW7trBrrYo

First thoughts and Picasso beaches:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQz9S8YMvgs

22nd April 2015

I have done a lot of work in the last two months (methods) and am pleased to have caught up with the work on this. I feel I have a good grip on Picasso’s life and development as an artist, his contemporaries, influences and influence.  I have started to explore his way of working for myself and am looking forward to the work I have planned alongside the next two Assignments.

This is the DRAFT SUBMISSION of my work so far:   Picasso the Challenger, Challenging Me

11th September 2014   “Challenging Picasso: Challenging Myself”  Synopsis and Scheme of Work submitted with Assignment 2  synopsis

Pushing to the limits

7th August 2014  Artistic Block and moving forward with Synopsis

LOGO based on Picasso's curiosity

LOGO based on Picasso’s curiosity

sculpted surfaces

sculpted surfaces

Rationale and Synopsis


shell sculptures and lines



Picasso’s approach to work

Research Methods:

Assignment 1:  Looking around, exploring artists briefly  Paul Nash, David Hockney, Mary Cassatt, Arthur Wragg


I have been looking at the book and some You Tube videos of Paul Nash’s work, “The Elements” from the exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  One was based on earth, air, fire, water (We are making a New World 1918)  and others (eg Event on the Downs 1934) had pictorial elements that were less easy to understand, but it made me start to dissect what goes into a picture.

On checking the DPG site, I have also just discovered that there is an Exhibition celebrating 60 years of David Hockney Prints on now until early May. http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/hockney,_printmaker.aspx    I need to see this.  It also mentioned a previous exhibition of Whistler’s London prints, so that needs researching too. http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/whistler_in_london.aspx   My intention had been to choose Mary Cassatt as my artist to study as I love the figures in her work and the way she treats them.  Some of Hockney’s work had similar qualities, so it has opened up a question in my mind about the significance of their other work and how printmaking skills contributed to it.  I am following painting and printmaking, so it would be a good idea to choose someone whose work fed off both disciplines.  I need to research more about what else Mary Cassatt did.

15th March 2014.

The David Hockney exhibition at Dulwich picture gallery was great.  Beth and I both enjoyed it. My notes are in Sketchbook 2 pages 3 to 6. It also pointed me at some other printmakers to consider for my parallel project. A few days down the line, what has stuck with me is the use of economical drawing, one line to do it all, and the combinations of lines – meticulous shading/hatching in different ways/ flowing thick lines.  I also like the way dark areas are used in composition.  I cannot see how I could do etching at home, but I did spend some time researching on the internet safe and non toxic methods.  I still couldn’t see how to achieve this at home though in the bedroom/ bathroom set up I have.

I am not sure at what point over the day I remembered using Acetates to make prints.  This was a breakthrough for me as it is a way of using intaglio methods that is achievable.  I like the idea of controlling the print by the level of cleaning and polishing.  It also solves problems of reversal of images and registration.  I came home fired up with enthusiasm.

29TH March 2014

Google  London Transport railway posters printmakers


Modern Printmakers blog:  http://haji-b.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/f-gregory-brown-from-craftsman-to.html

Sidney Lee – first to use colour woodcuts http://haji-b.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/looks-familar-art-of-borrowing.html

Eric Slater http://haji-b.blogspot.co.uk/2013_04_01_archive.html

http://www.sharecom.ca/phillips/technique.html detailed history and information about colour woodcuts

8th April

Parallel Project

I’ve spent some serious time on this, this week as I still have a lot of artists to look through. I need to start to focus my thinking.

One area of research was through the London Transport posters, concentrating particularly on Printmakers.  Names like Cyril E Powers (The rowers) , Lill    came up and I have always admired their work and particularly the strong sense of pattern and repetition.  I found a modern day artist producing very similar style, who has obviously been influenced by these people.  She has a great website with a good video of how she produces a complex reduction linocut.   I could not find out very much else about her though so she would be a difficult person to study.  What impressed me about her was the use she made of the landscapes around her.  If I were to do the same, mine would be rural spaces and towns.

I thought about other artists and movements I like.  Nash, Nevinson, Spencer, Gertler, Carrington, Bomberg.  The Futurists, Constructivists, Pete Mondrien, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Kurt Schwitters.   Whatever I read came back to Cubism as its root.  I have decided therefore to study Picasso, mainly because I never have, and it would be a severe gap in my background knowledge never to have looked at his work.  I will be looking particularly at his prints.


Cubism, Futurism and Constructivism                                        J M Nash

Picasso Challenging the Past (National Gallery London)       Elizabeth Cowling

Picasso (Dolphin Art Book)                                                                        Mario De Micheli

Picasso: In his words                                                                      Pablo Picasso

Picasso: Linocuts                                                                            Markus Muller

On the way I have acquired books about Mary Cassatt and Arthur Wragg as these were both serious contenders too, but I am happy with the choice I have made and think it will be sound underpinning for me.


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