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Printmaking: Derrick Riley



Derrick Riley discusses his subject matter—the flaws of society—and the various influences on his work, from other professional woodcut artists to popular music. He demonstrates the process of creating a reduction woodcut print in his University of Kentucky studio and talks about the images of robots, a decaying future landscape, and the other nonhuman characters that inhabit each scene. He also discusses his background, how he transferred his drawing skills to printmaking in college, and his approach to teaching.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about artists’ methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion. (See the “Making Art” section of the binder for activities that use this medium or are based on the artist’s ideas and approaches to art.)
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art, especially the challenges printmakers encounter concerning their work.
  • Compare and contrast the techniques and methods different artists use in their approach to the same medium (e.g., using the Stephanie Potter profile from Through Artists’ Eyes).
  • Use as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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