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Halloween Kitchen Lithography inspired by Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror

FRI, Oct 29, 2021
4 pm

Online, via Zoom

High school students, grades 9–12

Teens are invited to make “kitchen litho,” an alternative method of lithography using common at-home materials such as tin foil and soda, with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Learn the process, make your own plate, and print artwork inspired by Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror. The entire process is non-toxic and can be printed by hand.

We will explore the concepts of mirroring and doubling and consider the recurring images of skulls, abstract X-rays, and costumes that Johns often explores in his work. Join us to be creative in the Halloween spirit, and show up in your best costume to receive a surprise gift!

Materials List:

Build a DIY plate:

  • Tin foil
  • A piece of plexiglass or flat surface like plastic, metal, clip board, table, or a water-resistant surface
  • Tape

Drawing materials:

  • Litho pencils, crayons, sharpie, butter, soap, or anything greasy
  • Brushes

Non-toxic etching process: 

  • Coca-Cola or Pepsi
  • Cooking oil
  • Corn syrup or pancake syrup (optional)
  • Baby powder or any kind of flour
  • Tray to etch plate 
  • Bowl or container for water
  • Paper towel

Use for printmaking:

  • Baren, large spoon, or bone holder
  • 2 dish sponges
  • Ink: etching ink or litho ink
  • Roller/brayer
  • Printmaking paper, handmade paper, or any thin smooth paper
  • Newsprint or wax paper
  • Gloves

Registration is required. Everyone is welcome!


This event will have automated closed captions through Zoom. Live captioning is available for public programs and events upon request with seven business days advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made outside of that window of time. To place a request, please contact us at or (646) 666-5574 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.

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