In this second video in a series of long-form conversations featuring faculty, students and staff where we open up the floor on courses, topics, and collaborations in the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark (SASN), Professor and Chair of Arts, Culture and Media and Ned Drew and Part-Time Lecturer and printmaker Emanuele Cacciatore convened at Shine Portrait Studio to discuss Cacciatore's "Intro to Printmaking" course. The duo review the challenges of teaching a studio course remotely and during a pandemic, the creative process, and how a new set of portable printing presses created by printmakers Liz and Steve Garst that the students can use at home has proven to be a game-changer.
"The fact that our students are able to actually make and have to solve problems and setting it up - all that physicality I think is critical to the creative process," said Drew in the video. "I find right now a very difficult time for me to be creative, because of the limitations of access to equipment. These presses hit a sweet spot where it just solves so many problems."