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Chatham High Artists Display Printmaking from Art League Program

The Alternative Press Staff

Monday, April 21, 2014 • 7:30pm

CHATHAM, NJ - Christine Inzerillo, Judy Lim, Laurel Monks, Grace Hauck and Julia Polise were among the students who displayed their works of art after the Art League of the Chathams sponsored an innovative new program at Chatham High.
 
The program encouraged students to take up relief printmaking. This semester 14 juniors and seniors participated in the program. The course, led by Art League member Susan Dreifuss, familiarized students with the “meat and potatoes” of printmaking. Students were asked to be free-thinking in their approach, as they were challenged to incorporate themes of humor and current events.

Dreifuss, who is a Chatham High School graduate, received a master of fine arts degree in printmaking and an advanced certificate in art education in 2010 from Pratt Art Institute. Her print work has been sold in stores along the East Coast and featured on Fox News, Apartment Therapy and in Philadelphia Magazine.

Her passion for art is evident in her desire to share her knowledge with others. She has taught all ages from one through 90 and continues to share the experience of art making. Her fine art work can be viewed at www.SusanDreifuss.com.

“After six weeks in the studio, students gained a firm grasp of the process of relief printing," Dreifuss said. "They began understanding the importance of planning, carving, mark making, printing and editioning.”

Speaking of the program and forthcoming exhibit, Art League President Rosemary Howlett, said: “Six years ago, in addition to the free programs we offered to all nearby communities, the Art League arranged for an annual high school scholarship award that is ongoing. Recently, we decided to fund a series of after-school art programs. The first such workshop, called ‘The Meat and Potatoes’ of Relief Printmaking, has just concluded. Art League member and Chatham High School alumnus Susan Dreifuss, along with CHS art teacher, Eric Hreha, conducted the workshop.”

A reception honoring the students’ work will be held at the Chatham Township Municipal Building from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 22.

Plans are under way to organize a fall class: AP Portfolio Development Series, Human Anatomy Course, with instructor Ivan Bratko, Howlett said.

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