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Tom Nakashima & Printmaking

Tom Nakashima, Orchardhouse, 2005. Six color lithograph. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia. Gift of Jackson A. Cheatham.

Painter and printmaker Tom Nakashima was born in Seattle in 1941. He attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he completed his bachelor's degree in 1965. He earned MA and MFA degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 and 1967, respectively. He has taught at the Catholic University of America since 1981. Nakashima, who was born to a Japanese-American father and an Irish-Canadian mother, draws on sources from both traditional Japanese art and modern European masters. As Nakashima grew up during World War II, America was confining his extended family members and countrymen to internment camps. His knowledge of this occurrence is a major theme of his allegorical work. For example, he often uses a gilded cage to symbolize their imprisonment. Nakashima's work is in the holdings of numerous museums across the United States and in Japan, including the National Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Museum, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Among his awards is a Mid-Atlantic/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Award for the Visual Arts.

Orchardhouse was created while Nakashima was the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University.

DIY Printmaking



Styrofoam (you can use a takeout container)





Decide on an image/design

Use you pencil to press the design into the styrofoam. You should press hard enough to create a deep divot but not hard enough to poke a hole.

Paint your styrofoam

Press the styrofoam, paint side down, onto a piece of paper. Press hard.

Lift up!

*You can do multiple layers in different colors, so it looks like a professional printmaker's work, just draw corner marks on your paper so you place the styrofoam in the correct place each time.


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