Printmaking & Collage

Amanda Adams
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Rachel Engel

“My Body” –  Printmaking


Tanjina Balleriel
Pittsburgh Milliones
Teacher: Christen Robl

“I am inspired by color and nature. I make art of things that I think look cool or pretty. I mostly make art in art class where I can try different mediums.”

“Tiger” – Printmaking


Jensynia Baynes
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Karen Page

“My artwork was heavily inspired by nature and wildlife. Nature is something that has always been prominent in my life, since early childhood. My deep love for nature has inspired me to create my art selections with this theme. I wanted to bring attention to all aspects of color, mood, temperature, and exploitation. Nature has such a huge impact on our daily lives that I wanted to represent it in a profound way. To convey the significance of wildlife I aimed to display nature in different forms. In some works I tried to show wildlife, while in other art pieces I tried to showcase human interaction with nature.”

“Primal Essence” – Printmaking


Sahlysionna Bey
Pittsburgh Milliones
Christen Robl

“Lion” – Scratchboard


Anna Cappella
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“For me, art is a form of explanation. Color and shape speak the experiences, the emotions that often fall in between the lines of verbal or written communication. Communicating accurately and being understood are an important part of how I function, and drawing, even the mundane, allows me to explain the things I cannot say. Although the following four pieces were conceived separately, they all serve as an explanation of myself, specifically my family and my cultural background. My upbringing in a deeply Italian household has led to some variance in my perception of my world and my childhood. These pieces cover a range of topics from my life: my visceral relationship with my culture, my mother and the anger that she has carried through her life, the passion and intensity of my family structure, and the depth of my connection with food, respectively.”

“Confession” – Mixed Media


Mara Cohen
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Art is impactful in so many ways. It can show sadness, joy, anger, or fear. I like to present my art in an energetic, joyful, and colorful way that reflects my personality. Ever since I was a little girl I have been a bubbly ball of energy and I loved to run wild and free. This is reflected in my bold art with its high energies and striking patterns. I am inspired by artists and fashions that are unique and can come together to make something iconic. When I create art I am pulling from all sources of inspiration and aesthetics, from the Elizabethan Era to the shine and pearls of the 1920’s. Finding beauty in my world and combining it into a work of energy and excitement is what makes my art so representative of me. I am art and art is in me.”

“Jū Xiǎowén” – Collage


Evelin Cruz
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“When I am feeling upset I like to make art. It is a way I can express how I am feeling. Since I don’t like talking about my feelings, creating art helps me put my thoughts in work. Art is a form of therapy for me. Art communicates with people without having to say anything. It is a way I can capture the beauty of my imagination.”

“Untitled” – Collage


Cayden Davis
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Heather White

“I make art because I can. I do it not to please others or myself, but because when I have the opportunities to make things, I take them.”

“Andrew’s Dead” – Printmaking
“Creation” – Wood


Max DeFlitch
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“For “Untitled” I created a colorful watercolor background that contrasts with the black print layer on top. I designed the black print through photoshop and screen printed it on the watercolor background.”

“Untitled” – Mixed Media


Emily Dowd
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Alberto Almarza

“Recently I have begun to intentionally stretch my abilities; to move from mere rendering toward abstract creation. In The Strip District, I pursued the question even further. I wanted this relief print, in its extreme simplicity of color and its hard edges, to convey the multidimensionality of the Strip. My art is forever my challenge.”

“Strip District of Pittsburgh” – Printmaking


Jordan Finkelstein
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“The creation of this piece, being a two tone print, was driven primarily by its high contrast and size. Carving a linoleum print so large made the project take over a hundred hours. The subject matter chosen depicts a fantasy collision between forest and municipal elements.”

“Flower Primates” – Printmaking


Namere Galloway
Pittsburgh Milliones
Teacher: Christen Robl

“Self-Portrait” – Printmaking


Zipporah Hamilton
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“When I create art I am able to have control, and yet, be completely free at the same time. Through art I have gained so many valuable experiences that have taught me much about myself in my four years of high school. When I am making art I don’t have to worry. It is an outlet for all that I have inside. The stroke of a brush or the slightest tick-mark of the quill are emotions and energy that I use to express myself. Not all of my art has a meaning or story behind it, but by making art, I am able to connect with the world and myself in a way that inspires me to continue creating.”

“A Quiet Hallway” – Printmaking


Anastasia Jungle-Wagner
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“All of my pieces being submitted are, in some sense or another, a self portrait. Whether this is visibly obvious or reflected in the underlying themes of the piece, it is a unifying element included in all of them. As I move through highschool I feel a lot of my artistic focus has moved towards the awareness of my reality— or lack thereof. Therefore as my illustrative style moved more towards portraying the derealization I’ve felt it set the stage for an exploration into this feeling throughout various media. This portfolio is a tour through those feelings: the idea of split realities, various senses of self, nostalgia, and the idea that something is amiss.”

“Liberosis” – Printmaking


Xander Kemp
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“The pieces that I have drawn are characters that I enjoy. For the anime girl in a pond with a lily pad and a frog on her head, titled “Tsu,” I decided to use a playing card as my media. I hope to get better over time and create more of my own unique artwork. I also want to make more challenging artwork for others to enjoy.”

“Tsu” – Acrylic


Marlon Lugo
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“For my portfolio I decided to focus on the process and development of my printmaking pieces. The Domestic pieces utilize linocut printing to capture various indoor scenes, which are then either portrayed clean cut and easy to view, or layered and more discombobulated. I attempted to fully push myself to see what I could make with the stamps I created. I think that the pieces I selected highlight my most successful works. Caution Signs is not related to the Domestic pieces, however I think that it is also a display of one of my more successful prints. Caution Signs focuses on things such as linework, which contrasts with the more chaotic layered nature of the Domestic pieces.”

“Caution Signs” – Printmaking
“Domestic 1” – Printmaking
“Domestic 2” – Printmaking
“Domestic 3” – Printmaking


Lydia McGeehan
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Each of these pieces are artworks that I have had new experiences with. Each is a different media or artistic style that I have not tried out before. This portfolio is very diverse and shows a wide range of skill, even showing some of my first pieces within that medium. I find it exciting being able to try out all these new and different art styles. Each one I find relaxing and/or fun to make on its own. I think that these pieces exemplify how I view art and experiment with it because they are all something different and new to me, but I still enjoyed making each one of them.”

“Lost” – Printmaking


Alina Milan
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Venus de Milo” is a printmaking study of the Venus de Milo, with a graphic take on the statue. I highlighted shadows as blocks of darkness on her body, balancing it against the very line-based interpretation of her clothing. For “Morning,” I referenced a picture of the sun shining on the street, pushing its color and contrast to really build the vibes of the morning. “Soft” is a portrait done in a sfumato style using chalk pastel; a study on light and softness as dictated by the style.”

“Venus de Milo” – Printmaking


Oluwatofunmi Olaore
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Heather White

“In my artworks I was looking at depth, chiaroscuro, symbolism and composition and how these aspects intertwine with each other in each piece. Inspiration for the two prints came from my African heritage and faith and what that means to me. They portray what I think when I recall the culture and heritage in which I originate from. The painting focuses more on the interesting composition and how light affects its surroundings. This painting is based on a photograph I took. The image also deals with depth and form. The charcoal piece was a very interesting piece that also dealt with depth and how light affects its environment. It is a very serene piece, but also has a stormy aspect from the sky.”

“African Pride” – Printmaking
“Uphold” – Printmaking


Lulu Polinko
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Heather White

“My collection of works I have compiled is a reflection and exploration of identity. Conceptualizing and executing themes of fluidity through the body and through the physical world, the works materialize self in movement. Water is a universal root from which these pieces stem from and grow towards. Movement and change are the constants which bind stillness to rivers. The journey of being as we move through time. These works are a representation. An exploration of what it means to be a mixed-Filipino trans woman. An exploration of what it means to be as I am.”

“Lolong” – Mixed Media


Mandy Ruffing
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“All of my pieces were made for the same purpose. I wanted to start adding a scary but innocent feeling to my newer pieces. My goal for these pieces was to start coming up with a consistent style and trend with my art that has a visible story behind it. I think I reached my goal with these pieces. These pieces really taught me the skill of patience. These pieces really helped me develop what my style and mindset are now. I love all of my pieces and I think they symbolize what my style as an artist really is.”

“Arachnophobia” – Mixed Media


Chloe Threets
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“My art is an expression of how I am feeling at the time I create it. I am often inspired by impactful events occurring in society. My art reflects upon my journey as a black woman and artist. Often I create using found objects and mixing painting mediums that speak to the subject I portray. I enjoy challenging myself by incorporating everyday objects into my art.”

“Distortion” – Mixed Media
“Love Will Conquer Hate” – Collage

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