Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Digital Hybrid Art" Workshop/Residency, Experimental Printmaking Department, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (College Level)

I was recently invited to the China Academy of Art (CAA) to do an Experimental Printmaking Residency in Hangzhou, China from Sept. 27th to October 22nd. I was to create and teach an experimental printmaking course (based on my own "Digital Hybrid Art" approach). In my residency within the Printmaking Department I had the students create hybrid works combining conventional drawing and printmaking with digital techniques in Photoshop to illustrate/express an "Identity Narrative." 

China Academy of Art Main Entrance
30 plus years have passed since I was last in China, when I was studying at The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Middle School in Beijing as a teenager…and 40 plus years have passed since I was there as a child of 9 at the tail end of Mao’s Cultural Revolution running free with my little friends in Dazhai Village in the hills of Shanxi Province waving corn cob embers to draw animals in the night sky.


1971-Michael, Cathy and Alyssa Hinton in
Dazhai Commune, Shanxi Province, China

Shortly after I arrived, the security desk man (who's name eludes me) gave me some recent issues of the China Art Weekly Magazine to look at, and I was immediately struck by the realization of just how deep my early study of Traditional Chinese painting had truly been. 

Even in my most recent work the influence was blatantly evident to me…mainly in the dramatic expression of the dynamic contrasts found in landscape. 
China Art Weekly Magazine In Front of My Work

I found this to be very inspiring, and it helped me to reconnect with Chinese culture after such a long absence.
China Academy of Art Bookstore


CAA Digital Hybrid Art Lecture Preparations:

To kick off the residency, a poster was designed by graduate student Zhang Zi Hao, which his buddy and I adhered to walls all over campus.
Digital Hybrid Art Lecture Poster


Lecture Topics:

The poster was an invitation to my autobiographical Power Point Lecture in the Printmaking Department.

Department of Printmaking
I told the story of my artistic journey and talked a lot about personal identity. I also stressed the fact that mixed media, multi media, collage and montage lend themselves well to bringing the divergent parts of an individual together as a holistic way to represent the self.
Getting Ready to Deliver My Power Point Lecture
Using details, all the parts make a whole. This is the ideology inherent in mixed media or collage/montage. Because of this the medium itself can also become part of the message and a vehicle for self expression…


The Medium and Process:

My residency within the China Academy of Art Printmaking Department focused on having the students create hybrid works combining conventional drawing and printmaking with digital techniques in Photoshop to illustrate some form of expressive identity narrative.
Having a Look at Student Print Works
On Our Way To Get Noodles For Lunch!
About half way through the first week I found the need to explain the importance of thoroughly “owning” your mixed media and demonstrating how to truly make an image your own, despite the use of digital software settings and filters…... Never settle for the “pre-packaged” look!

Teaching Students How To Truly Own Their Mixed media!


Getting Student Work Printed Up For The Exhibit:

One of the Digital Print Shops in Downtown Hangzhou




Unpacking The Mounted Works:



Installing The Exhibition In The Display Cases:


CAA Printmaking Department
Show Dates: 10-21-2015 to 1-1-2016



Click Any CAA Student Art Work Below for
a Wonderful Student Exhibit Presentation!





Undergraduate Goodbye Picture:


This post is dedicated to the young, the steadfast, the man who solved every problem, graduate student, Zhang Zihao. A special thanks to you!

"Lord" Zihao taking care of business!


Zi Hao's Digital Hybrid Piece About The Disappearance of Traditional China




"Experimental Printmaking Hybrid Art Residency"



Contact Alyssa for info on bringing a similar workshop to your organization:

109 Hilton Ave. Durham, NC 27707

alyssahintonartist@gmail.com alyssa@alyssahinton.com


984.234.1407


Price Structure

  • Half Day Workshop- $825.00 plus *supply expenses and all travel expenses and accomodations (includes minimum per diem for meals while traveling plus food & lodging for duration of stay)
  • Full Day Workshop- $1650.00 plus *supply expenses and all travel expenses and accomodations (includes minimum per diem for meals while traveling plus food & lodging for duration of stay)
  • 3 Day Workshop- $2000.00 plus *supply expenses and all travel expenses and accomodations (includes minimum per diem for meals while traveling plus food & lodging for duration of stay)
  • Full Week Workshop- $3000.00 plus *supply expenses and all travel expenses and accomodations (includes minimum per diem for meals while traveling plus food & lodging for duration of stay)
  • *SUPPLIES: I PROVIDE RE-USEABLE MATERIALS SUCH AS SCISSORS AND RULERS FREE OF CHARGE
  • *SUPPLIES: NON RE-USEABLE ITEMS SUCH AS PAPER AND GLUE WOULD BE ADDED AS A SUPPLY EXPENSE