Atelier Studio in Uttara and Chittagong-based Santaran Art Organisation jointly organised a two month long printmaking workshop at Atelier Studio in Uttara, Dhaka. The workshop opened on April 24 and ended on June 24. Noted printmakers Monirul Islam and Mahmudul Haque jointly inaugurated the workshop.
During the workshop, Abul Barq Alvi, head of Printmaking Department, the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka; Mostafizul Haque, Professor of Drawing and Painting Department, FFA; Mustafa Zaman, printmaker and editor of Depart (a quarterly art journal); Anisuzzaman, Assistant Professor of Printmaking Department, FFA, among others, visited and discussed on the medium’s technical aspects.
Rezwanur Rahman, Assistant Professor, Printmaking Department, Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology, was the co-coordinator and instructor of the workshop.
Participating artists were Manjur Ahmed, Tanjil Tushi, Noor-e-Elahi, Monirul Islam, Sanjay Banerjee and Halima Ahmed.
At the workshop, artists learned a number of methods of printmaking like etching (salt acid, copper sulphate and table salt), dry point, mezzotint, woodcut, engraving and silkscreen.
The themes included political and social crises, religious as well as personal dilemmas.
Rezwanur Rahman said, “I learned varied techniques from maestro Safiuddin Ahmed. I still recall how he meticulously taught me the methods of wood engraving and linocut. Most famous painters have dabbled in printmaking in our country. I believe that art should be affordable to every class in our society. Print is comparatively cheaper than others. The medium adds a socialising aspect where artists could cooperate with one another in order to complete the tasks.”
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