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Printmaking

Course Number: ART 270
Transcript Title: Printmaking
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F, P-NP, audit (default)

Course Description

Explores printmaking processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Develops creative problem solving by utilizing monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes. Includes critiques, discussions, and presentations to establish critical skills necessary to evaluate prints, explore artistic intent, examine aesthetic and structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Find and develop creative ways to solve problems using a variety of strategies for making prints by utilizing monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes.
  2. Create personal hand-printed artwork, which demonstrate an introductory level of understanding printmaking ideas, and the processes, materials, and techniques associated with monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes in printmaking.
  3. Ask meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and develop a basic vocabulary to be able to actively participate in a critical dialogue about printmaking with others.
  4. Understand, interpret, and enjoy prints of the past and the present from different cultures to initiate a lifelong process of expanding knowledge on the diversity of perspectives of the human experience.
  5. Develop a heightened awareness of the physical world, the nature of the relationship of human beings to it, and our impact on it via the experience of making prints.
  6. Establish self-critiquing skills to develop autonomous expression through printmaking while recognizing the standards and definitions already established by both contemporary and historical works of art from different cultures.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students are expected to:

  1. Actively participate in class discussions and projects.
  2. Complete and present individual assignments for critique.
  3. Demonstrate sound technique in printing and studio habits.
  4. Complete all homework on time.
  5. Prepare a portfolio for presentation.
  6. Take an active role in critiques.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Visual awareness and ability to see.
  2. Methodologies for designing and creating a print in media which may include monotype, relief print and intaglio.
  3. Challenges to visualization inherent in printmaking.
  4. Language of printmaking and the qualities that distinguish it from other graphic media.
  5. Printmaking in history.
  6. Options and possibilities for original work.
  7. Evaluating prints.
  8. Safety.
  9. Environmental concerns related to proper disposal of waste.
  10. Non-traditional media and combined techniques (e.g., collotype, collage, hybrid prints, digital imagery).

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES 

  1. Monotype: effectively use ink rollers and subtractive tools; use brush and ink and other tools for the application of ink; explore possibilities for multiple passes with roller and multiple passes with the plate.
  2. Relief: demonstrate various techniques for transferring drawings to the plate; become familiar with the different qualities of carving surfaces (linoleum, hard and soft woods, long and endgrains); exercise safe and effective use of carving tools (knives, gouges, etc.) and maintain tools; successfully demonstrate various relief print techniques such as reduction, multiple block prints, etc.
  3. Intaglio: demonstrate sound techniques for dry or non-acid intaglio processes such as drypoint and engraving; properly prepare plate for etching (beveling, filing, coating); demonstrate sound procedures for effective biting, heating, inking, wiping and pulling of plates; explore use of other intaglio methods such as softground, aquatint, etc.
  4. Demonstrate ability to successfully ink a plate: (tack vs. length); roller choices and techniques for multiple layering.
  5. Investigate process and alternative solutions through other print states or reworked proofs.
  6. Demonstrate sound printmaking techniques: wiping, carving, registration, general presentation and notation.
  7. Understand how to select the most effective presentation for a particular image.
  8. Demonstrate familiarity with historical styles by comparing prints to those of other periods.