In 2011, the [Press] at Untitled initiated a Mentorship Program to work with a small group of high school students who have limited exposure to art, but wanted the opportunity to learn more about printmaking and the book arts. This intensive mentoring extended over a three year period with monthly visits to the studio. the program began with the geary high school art club and now impacts multiple schools every year.
As the program continues, [Artspace] at Untitled works to provide high school students access to printmaking equipment that is typically used in professional or collegiate printmaking environments. This program gives our students access to artistic practices that could not be accomplished in any normal Oklahoma City high school setting. The students that participate in our program use the materials and equipment provided by the [Press] at Untitled to learn printmaking and other artistic processes. We also strive to expose our young artists to different exhibitions at establishments such as the OKCMOA, the Paseo Arts District and the 21C Museum Hotel.
Many of the students who participate in the program continue to pursue art in higher education
Experimentation and exploration are two of the most important aspects within our mentorship program. We are constantly looking for ways to expand and improve our curriculum so that the students are exposed to an array of contemporary practices. Students have the opportunity to create pieces with our large format printer, construct an animated GIF and work in stop motion animation.
During our Mentorship program the students are expected to analyze their work through peer critiques and artist statements. They create work for the annual juried Mentorship Exhibition every March, as well as our Steamroller Printmaking Festival each spring. Throughout the duration of the three-year program the students will engage with locally and nationally acclaimed as they learn the history of printmaking and its distinct form of art.
We are excited to expand our program to the following schools this fall:
Astec Charter School
Douglas High School
Emerson Alternative Education - North & South
Grant High School
Harding Fine Arts Academy
Northwest Classen High School
Santa Fe South High School
Southeast High School