Remix: Clay and Print
Thomas Lucas and Roberto Lugo
2 week course || CER 646 001 || 3 credit hours || Lab Fee: $150
This course will experiment with hand drawing and printing images on clay using a range of techniques including screen-printing, relief and lithography. Students will also learn how to use different clay slips, stains, and modified underglaze and glazes on low-temperature clay bodies, firing in electric and Raku kilns. Students will look to poetry and graffiti aesthetics to develop visual language with image and text from a socially conscious perspective. Historical and contemporary references will include the work of “Cornbread”, considered the first graffiti artist, the unidentified street artist Bansky, and the written poetry on the city of Pompeii’s walls. Assignments will focus on the production of tiles, vessels and sculpture, as well as the potential for site specific and installation results. The form within the clay can serve as a platform for a range in voice, drawing together concepts such as hip hop, history and politics. Expect a wide range of images, texture, pattern, and color.
Thomas Lucas Born 1971 in Abington, Pennsylvania, Thomas received his MFA with a Merit Scholarship at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Before that he received a BFA in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. He has taught at Tyler School of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Anchor Graphics, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Beacon St. Gallery, Gallery 37, and Penland School of Crafts. Thomas’s Visiting Artists’ Residencies include Penn State University, University of Notre Dame, Harold Washington College, The David Driskell Residency at EPI – Lafayette College, Easton PA. and SkopArt in Skopelos, Greece. His commission awards include Installations for Norwood Park for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and 87th station on the Red Line for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). He is also the Founder and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press Editions. As a Master Printer Thomas has published such artists as Kerry James Marshall, William Conger, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and Barbara Jones-Hogu to name a few. His own artworks included in various private and public collections, exhibit nationally and abroad. He is represented by Lusenhop Fine Art, Detroit and N’Namdi Contemporary Miami-Detroit. Thomas was the former Director of Printmaking at Lillstreet Art Center. He now teaches full time at Chicago State University and teaches adjunct at Harold Washington College.
Roberto Lugo is a potter, poet and community activist. He is an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art where he teaches ceramics. Roberto Lugo’s work has been exhibited internationally and has been collected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MFA Boston, and LACMA. Roberto recently completed his first museum solo exhibition at the Walters Museum responding to the ceramics collection and the history of slavery in Baltimore. Roberto has given lectures at Yale, Harvard, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.