Creative Sonoma

Lisa Damico and Gena Richman

Teacher/Instructor; Visual Arts: Printmaking
Lisa Damico and Gena Richman
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Experienced teaching artists Lisa Damico and Gena Richman offer arts integrative residencies in printmaking for grades K-6.

Lisa Damico grew up in a small factory town settled by immigrants, yet geographically placed in the middle of the San Francisco Bay Area during a time of an art explosion. I received my BA in Child Development, a Minor in Fine Arts and went on to receive a K-12 teaching credential with a supplemental credential in Art. I found rather quickly that integrated arts became my “personal default setting”, my way to inspire learning in students and to communicate knowledge gained from students. It was the most organic way to ensure equity for young learners for 32 plus years of teaching.  While still in the classroom, I provided professional development to California teachers and presented in state and national conferences through my association with the California Literature Project, integrating Visual and Performing Arts into teaching and assessing in Language Arts.

Gena Richman’s has been always been connected to the arts. Her undergraduate time was split between England and the Midwest. After she completed her teaching credential at Sonoma State University, fortune smiled on her and she began and retired from her 20 year teaching career in a school dedicated to integrating the Arts into the curricula. During her tenure, she presented many times at the California Mathematics Conference at Asilomar integrating the Arts into Mathematics. Prior to teaching I co-owned Rising Iris Paper where her partner and she made and distributed handmade paper. Prior to that she worked at the Annex Galleries where she (re)discovered her love of prints and printmaking.

This is the team’s residency description:

Residency Description

K-2 

Most young artists are familiar with drawing and painting, but many may be curious about new materials and techniques. During this residency, students will experience tools of the “trade”, such as brayers and inking plates, and processes such as “pulling a print” which is very exciting! In this residency, students will learn how to make relief prints in various different projects. We specifically crafted this particular residency for the enjoyment and success of the very young (K-2) learner/artist. Subject matter can easily connect to your curriculum should you like. 

Lesson Progression Overview (can be modified as per teacher collaboration)
Intro to Printmaking: Sharing samples, overview of process (tools), rules of the studio (how artists work successfully)
Relief Printing (Use of simple basic geometric shapes to create image)
Mono-prints (Color print making)
Positive/Negative Space (Intentional use of Shapes)
Multi-medium (Printmaking on fabric)
Repeated Images (Block prints on hand painted paper)
The Art Show (Culminating Event—using empathy and kindness when critiquing peers)
 

Grades 3-6

Most young artists are familiar with drawing and painting, but many may be curious about new materials and techniques. During this particular residency, students will experience tools of the “trade”, such as brayers and inking plates, and processes such as “pulling a print” which is very exciting! In this residency, students will learn how to make relief prints in various different projects. We are specifically crafting this residency for the enjoyment and success of the young learner/artist (grades 3-6). Subject matter can easily connect to your curriculum should you like. 

Lesson Progression Overview (can be modified as per teacher collaboration)
Intro to Printmaking: sharing samples, overview of process (tools), rules of the studio (how artists work successfully)
Mono-prints (Color print making)
Block Printing (Creating unique image through use of block carving tools)
Positive/Negative Space (Intentional use of Shapes)
Multi-medium (Printmaking on fabric)
The Art Show (Culminating Event—using empathy and kindness when critiquing peers)

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