I love your art so much! I am 13 and i have enjoyed your art since i was little.
Your piece "Blue savanna" at the maine art museum has always been one of my favorite paintings- I remember when i was little, at the art museum i would always go and look at it, mesmerized.
The animals are beautiful, and the colors are so unique. Whenever i go to the art museum, i still go and look at the painting, and i always find new things in it.
I am an animal lover myself, and also i paint a bit. Your work has really inspired me to work with more color- here is a small painting i did.
Thank you so much for the beautiful art!
Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury Vermont
Dear Ms. Ipcar,
We are 6th grade students at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury Vermont.
Our art teacher brought a card to show us from the Portland Museum of art of your print, Unicorn Wood. We have been studying it and admiring it for some time now, and we have some questions that we hope you will answer for us.
We notice that the print is made with three (or four?) different colors of ink. We are wondering, did you make a different block for each different color ink and print one on top of the other, or did you somehow ink the single block with many colors at once? We wonder if you used a “rainbow roll?”
Just got off the phone with my mom and I have to say, I learned for the first time what really goes into making a colored woodblock print. Here's what she has to say: She rolled (3) colors onto a single woodblock separately, using a small (maybe two inch) "gelatin brayer" so she could work in the detail. She has never heard of the term "rainbow" roll which I gather is to roll all the colors all at once but that was never a consideration anyway.
Once she rolled the individual colors onto the block where she deemed them most appropriate, she laid on the sheet of paper and applied pressure by rubbing with the back of a large spoon (similar to a Japanese technique she once read about). As a result, any blending of colors is more or less accidental but the end result works out. She went on to make fifty Unicorn prints, none of them identical!
We are also curious to know why you chose a unicorn as your subject. (Attached is a photo of the print so you will see which one we are writing about!)
Unicorns.... She has always loved the mystical appeal of the unicorn myth, the fantasy of it all. She based the woodblock print of a sketch she made a year or so before the print project. She still has it.... somewhere....
Hope this is of help.
Park Slope, Brooklyn (NY)
We hope you are well and enjoying the holiday season – we look forward to hearing from you so we can learn more about this magical print!
Grade 6, Crossett Brook Middle School, Duxbury Vermont
Katie Engeman (age 9) presented her oral report on Dahlov Ipcar February 2001, at
the Hollis Primary School in New Hampshire as well as several more
presentations at the Narragansett School in Maine....
as Dahlov Ipcar
famous Maine people using data obtained from the Internet, encyclopedia,
and books: with the assistance of Ann Dodd-Collins and fourth grade
teacher, Mrs. Davenport: The Laura Libby School, Thomaston, Maine.
Angela did this
report for her 7th grade art class at Auburn Middle School in Auburn.
Her art teachers are Mr. Verville and Mr. Dahlquist. The assignment
was to choose an artist that they had not already studied in class
(van Gogh, O'Keeffe, Picasso and the like were no-no's) and write
a report on that artist.
Angela chose Dahlov and got an A+ for her report
And we think
it's a great resource for those looking for a short review of Dahlov's
life and work - 12 pages.
Download a PDF
The Biggest Fish In The Sea Plays Mississippi
Can Broadway be far behind?
at Northeast Mississippi Community College, my students planned a
story time for National Library Week and used Dahlov's book, The
Biggest Fish In The Sea, as the the presentation. Our
first performance was out of town at another library during National
Library Week. The attendance was 60+ children from area day cares
and Head Start centers. The attendance at the local performance
in our town was 150+ children. Next week we will do it one last
time for a public school in the county for their K-3 grades.
students and I had a great time performing our version of the story.
The audience was delighted—except when we got swallowed by the
biggest fish and the lights were turned off. I wish you could
have seen their expressions as Tino caught some really big fish.
We started with Nemo and the Rainbow Fish and then the fish got really
If you ever get to NE Mississippi, please come visit us. We
would love to share our community with you.
Child Development Technology