Wayne State’s American Institute of Graphic Arts student chapter hosted its first free printmaking workshop “Pizza and Printmaking” for WSU students on Old Main Monday night.
The workshop aims to provide students from different fields of study the opportunity to experience graphic design, said AIGA organizer Anna Boyer.
Boyer said the interests of the students influenced the creation of the workshop.
“Our group discussed with people who are student members of the organization, asking them what things they would like to see and do and we also based this off of our own interests,” Boyer said.
The workshop focused on the block printing process, which creates designs by stamping a rubber block on a blank canvas.
Boyer taught students how to use a carving tool to scrape a design into a soft rubber block, then coat the block in ink with a paint roller and press it onto a sheet of paper to transfer the ink onto the canvas.
This process resulted in various monochromatic designs created by the printed ink from the stamps students designed during the workshop.
Graphic design major Josie Curtis said she enjoyed the block printing process.
“I actually really love doing this, but I haven’t