Frances Melhop MFA

Photographer, Visual Artist, Teacher

Frances Melhop is a photographer and visual artist, born in Christchurch, New Zealand, now living in the USA. She has worked globally in the fashion industry as a photographer, constructing imagery; conceptualizing, shooting, and directing stories for publications such as Vogue Italy editions, Vogue Australia, Elle Portugal, and Marie Claire Italy.

In 2009, Luerzer's Archive named Melhop one of The World’s 200 Best Advertising Photographers for the images she created for the campaign of Descamps, France. In 2014 she was awarded the NNDA Comstock Innovator of the Year Award for her arts and community work at St Mary’s Art Center, in Virginia City, Nevada.

Melhop’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. She works in photography, stitching, printmaking, and oil paint, exploring portraiture and ideas of communication, selfhood and control.

Currently Melhop is teaching Drawing and Printmaking at TMCC, and has taught Photography, Visual Foundations, Introduction to the Arts and Printmaking and completed her MFA at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.

In December 2020 she opened the contemporary art gallery, Melhop Gallery º7077, at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

ART 124 Introduction to printmaking

Introduction to historical and contemporary fine art printmaking, with a studio practice in relief printing (lino cut), monotype, collagraph, pochoir, and designing your own printmaker's signature chop

ART 101 Drawing

Drawing I is an introductory studio course emphasizing a disciplined foundation in drawing concepts based on visual observation. It is designed to develop a solid comprehension of accurate observation-based drawing through the use of line, gesture, shape, value, texture, space, and perspective using a variety of subjects. This course focuses on learning to draw what you see, composition, and finding your own voice, style, and expression through drawing. This course develops drawing skills through practice with a wide variety of drawing tools and techniques.

The class will consist of in-class studio work, lectures, demonstrations, online journal assignments, group critiques, reading, historical and contemporary research, writing assignments, and discussions.

This class is a rigorous college-level course designed to elevate your skills and help to prepare you for your future.

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