Nicole Pietrantoni

Dia De Los Muertos Steamroller Print Project & Community Art Festival

The Dia De Los Muertos Steamroller Print Project brings together artists, students, and the community for a collaborative art event.

More than 1,500 people in the Walla Walla region came to this free event, which brought together an incredibly diverse group. This festival came about because of the vision and collaboration of organizations across the city, including Shakespeare Walla Walla, Art Walla, Carnegie Picture Lab and Whitman College Art Department.

As part of the festival 35 of my Whitman art students collaboratively printed giant woodcuts using a steamroller. For over a month before the festival, Beginning Printmaking students hand-carved their designs on 4-by-4-foot and 4-by-8-foot sheets of medium density fiberboard. The students also helped teach community members how to carve their own mini-relief blocks, which could be printed on t-shirts using the steamroller. The resounding success of the inaugural Dia de los Muertos was due to the enthusiasm and support of local organizations, schools and the community.

Articles about the Project
Whitman Magazine
"Collaboration made creation of art a success," Union Bulletin


A student carving her block 


Whitman Magazine feature of event 


Students at Fouts Visual Arts Ctr 


Professor Pietrantoni with students 


CNC-routered woodcut 


Collaboration with the WW Foundry  


Inked CNC-routered block 


Rolling up the blocks 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Steamroller donation from the city 


 


 


 


 


Free community carving table 


Volunteers helped people make art 


 


 


 


Prints were installed inside  


Interior - Gesa Power House Theatre 


Altar contest 


Alters by community groups 


Print of CNC-routered block