Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 271A
Course Title:
Printmaking II
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Course Description

Introduces beginning advanced printmaking techniques (e.g. sugar lift, color, glazes) and other intaglio processes (e.g. folio sets and books) while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Develops creative problem solving by utilizing monotypes, color relief, and advanced intaglio processes to create a print. 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. This is the first course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: Three terms of ART 270 or ART 270C or instructor permission. Recommended: ART 115, ART 116 and ART 131A. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

? Find and develop creative ways to solve problems using a variety of strategies for making prints by utilizing beginning advanced monotypes, relief and intaglio and printmaking processes (e.g. sugar lift,color, chine colle, glazes).? Create personal hand-printed artwork (e.g. folio sets, fine art books, and limited editioned prints), which demonstrate an understanding of a beginning advanced level of printmaking ideas, and theprocesses, materials, and techniques associated with monotypes, relief and advanced intaglio and printmaking processes.? Ask meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and develop a beginning advanced vocabulary to be able to actively participate in a critical dialogue about printmaking with others.? 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.? 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.? Understand the importance of working in a communal environment/studio.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students are expected to: 1. actively participate in class discussions, critiques 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

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 (brayers) and subtractive tools; use a brush and ink and other printmaking tools for the application of ink; explore multiple passes with roller and multiple passes with the plate. 2. relief: demonstrate various techniques for transferring drawings to the printing surface; become familiar with the different qualities of relief printing surfaces (linoleum, hard and soft woods, long and endgrains); exercise safe and effective use of carving tools (knives, gouges, etc.) and maintaining of 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.