Art printmakers will print artwork with three ton steamroller on campus!

Printmaking making student Sandra Babayan who participated in last year’s Steamroller event will be participating in this year’s event by selling her prints and carving a plate to use for the event. (Anibal Santos)

Anibal Santos


The Saddleback Steamroller WoodBlock Party is rolling onto campus on Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fine arts and theater division.


This is the second year the event is being organized by the printmaking department.  


“We did it for the first time last year and the students enjoyed it so much that we decided to do it again,” said printmaking Instructor Vanita Voogd.


“What I have is for the students to make large carved wood blocks and then they will be inked on the day of the event. They will be then printed on large sheets of paper using the steam roller which is a road roller to press down the asphalt onto the roads.”


Voogd was inpsired by the etching press rollers in the print studio; however, the class will be using a 3 ton steam roller for creating art.  


 “I thought it would be a fun event for students to do outside of the classroom and for the community to see as well to see what printmakers do to create artwork,” said Voogd.


The Steamroller Woodblock Party will also include additional activities like custom t-shirt printing, woodblock carving, educational stations, a student print sale and food trucks.


“It’s so much fun,” said printmaking student Sandra Babayan. “We did it last year and we got such a good response.”


Babayan will have her art prints featured in the print sale. Babayan will also provide the plate which will be used to be printed by the steamroller. 


The event will feature stations which will allow anyone the opportunity to try printmaking. Free art woodblocks will also be available for guest to try printmaking for themselves. 


“I hope people will come out and enjoy our event because it’s fun and it’s really good learning experience as you see art out in the streets, ” said Voogd. “It’s a really good exposure to art and see what printmakers are doing.”


The Saddleback WoodBlock Party is free and open to everyone on April 19 in the fine arts and theater division.


For more information please contact: Vanita Voogd at:


To view a video of the 2012 Steamroller Event:

Peter Tiner holding his print “Good Friday. Tiner will have artwork featured at the April 19 event. (Anibal Santos)

Printmaking student, Erin Kennedy holding her printing plate in the print studio. Kennedy will be featured in the print sale. (Anibal Santos)