Friday, January 14, 2011

Hi Greg, I am love with your work. I am really interested in practicing silkscreen. How would you recommend I begin? Are you self-taught? -Tony

Hi Tony, thanks for the compliment. I did take a one semester class while I was in undergraduate school - but did most of my learning while working as an AmeriCORPS VISTA at a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center. I had taken that one class in college and decided to give it a go and start a silkscreen class at the art center. Countless hours of searching through messageboards and calling up strangers later, I had some idea of how I could do everything without much capital. I printed with low tech equipment in basements and living rooms for years. After printing on my own for a few years I got into an MFA program in Philadelphia and just continued to figure stuff out. I now teach at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and have my own studio outside of the school. I think I learned most things from knowing other artists and asking them how they do things - I guess sort of like this.

Depending on where you live there may be classes in your area. I teach in the Undergraduate program at UArts, but I also teach in the Continuing Education program, which is great for people who can only take classes at night but want to try to expand their studio practice. Here’s a link for info about my class:

Hope you figure something out!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

3x3 Illustration Annual

My silkscreened book “Where the Night Train Goes” (from 2009) was featured in this year’s 3x3 Magazine Illustration Annual. It’s a nice one…check it out! Available in bookstores now.