Faculty parent, Hugo Guinness joined our 11th grade IB art class as our final visiting artist of the 2014-15 school year. Guinness is an artist known for his his bold, graphic black-and-white block prints and illustrations. Using his signature simplified style, Guinness depicts everyday objects or phrases, evoking a quirky sensibility and the character of each item. As an artist, Guinness crosses boundaries into film, design, and illustration. His work has been published in Vogue and the New York Times, to name a few; he has created designs for clothing brands such as J. Crew and collaborated in many creative ways with filmmaker Wes Anderson.
During his visit, Hugo met with the IB Visual Arts 11th graders to demonstrate block printing and share some of his prints with the group. After learning some of Hugo’s tips and techniques, students were asked to create their own block prints, representing themselves through a word, object or image. Using soft rubber blocks, the students quickly created their own bold graphic prints and ultimately incorporated new skills, techniques and ideas into their artistic repertoire. Thank you, Hugo for the delightful visit!