Tuesday, February 28, 10:00 am
Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 28-March 2, 10:00 am -11:30 am
Catamount Arts Center
115 Eastern Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT
Instructor: Kim and Bill Darling
Using the medium of linoleum block printing, we will create designs inspired by natural forms and patterns. The group will visit the Fairbanks Museum and draw from observation to help in the development of ideas, and then each student will draw and carve their original design onto the linoleum. We will conclude by using a press at Gatto Nero Press on Eastern Avenue to print the blocks onto archival paper.
Class fee: $25, materials included (10% discount for second child). Please register HERE. After paying, please complete an Enrollment Form. Catamount Arts is committed to offering quality arts experiences for all students, regardless of ability to pay; please call Anne at 802-748-2600 ext. 109 for information about scholarship funds.
Partial funding provided by an Afterschool and Summer Expanding Access grant.
Registration deadline: February 21
Kim Darling is a visual artist with studio and teaching practices firmly rooted in observational drawing. She has worked in a variety of mediums, including oil and fresco painting, intaglio printmaking and “Moving Drawing” video installations. She and her husband, printmaker Bill Darling, are the owners of Gatto Nero Press and Studio in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Teaching is an important part of Kim’s artistic practice. She is committed to helping keep drawing a part of contemporary artistic practice, and for the past twenty years she has led an annual printmaking trip to Italy for members of the Intaglio society, the Academy’s student printmaking group. Kim’s educational background includes a BFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York; extended study at the Art Students League of New York, of which she is a life member; and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont. Recent Exhibitions of her work include a 2020 exhibit of intaglio prints at Il Bisonte printmaking studio in Florence, Italy, and a January 2023 exhibit of intaglio prints at the Quimby Gallery at Northern Vermont University, Lyndon.
Bill Darling studied painting and printmaking at The Art Students League of New York and was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including two years of consecutive study from the Sherwood Foundation. Notable commissions include a 4×6 foot oil painting painted on location at Shirakawa, Japan, a designated Unesco World Cultural Heritage site and a life size basswood sculpture of the crucified Christ for the main altar, St. John’s Catholic Church, St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Bill teaches and works in diverse mediums, but intaglio printmaking is his passion. He and his wife, artist Kim Darling, are co-owners of Gatto Nero Press and Studio in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where they host exhibitions, teach workshops and create and publish intaglio prints. In 1996 Bill and Kim founded The Intaglio Society at St. Johnsbury Academy, and for the past twenty years have brought their students to Florence Italy to the Il Bisonte studios to further build these young printmakers skills and artmaking experiences. Recent Exhibitions of his work include a 2020 exhibit of intaglio prints at Il Bisonte printmaking studio in Florence, Italy, and a January 2023 exhibit of intaglio prints at the Quimby Gallery at Northern Vermont University, Lyndon.
Photo caption: Luna Moth by Finn Hill