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Zines and Screens Prep Students for Showcase

BEAU You don’t need countless art supplies and a big wallet to enter an art show. As it turns out, it only takes a little time and talent. To help students prepare for next month’s art show at BEAU, the university hosted two low-tech and low-budget workshops. A combination of screen printing and zines gave students the opportunity to create work to submit to the exhibition.

We’ll pause here to explain what a zine is in the first place. “A zine is similar to what graffiti is to a Renaissance painting,” says art show organizer Erin Coleman-Cruz. “It is an edgy, low-tech, low-budget ‘street’ publication of writing and images that is usually made with simple media like collage, photographs, pens, markers, and stencils and it usually is published through a home-printer or a photocopier.”

It is an easy and quick way to communicate stories, poetry, comics and song lyrics.

Along with zines, students also took advantage of a screen printing workshop. Participants used an original design and simplified it into something bolder. They then took that idea and transferred it into a screen print. During screen printing, artists apply ink to a screen (think of your screen door) that has an image drawn on it, which leaves an impression on a t-shirt or poster.

The designs are being created for the Envision Art Show on June 7 at BEAU. Submissions are open to all current BEAU students with awards given in the categories of poster design, digital media and visual art. The theme of the exhibition addresses sexual violence. The displays will feature art intended to communicate this issue to the community while incorporating a response from each artist on the topic.  BEAU