Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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

Explores intermediate advanced printmaking techniques (e.g. sugar lift, color, glazes) and complete a variety of projects (e.g. folio sets and books) while addressing historical and contemporary issues. 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. Prerequisites: ART 271 or ART 271A or instructor permission. Recommended: ART 115, 116 and 131A. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Find and develop creative ways to solve printmaking problems using a variety of strategies for intermediate advanced monoprints, relief and
    intaglio processes.
  • Create personal hand-printed artwork, which demonstrates an intermediate advanced level of printmaking ideas, processes, materials, and techniques associated with monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes.
  • Ask meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and be able to actively participate in a critical dialogue about printmaking with others using
    intermediate advanced level vocabulary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Employ 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.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Create single prints that demonstrate the ability to use a variety of technical skills while remaining aware of the inherent characteristics of different print processes.
  2. Demonstrate technical proficiency in current skill set.
  3. Practice safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals and machinery within a communal studio space.
  4. Utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to printmaking when participating in class critiques and discussions.
  5. Assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
  6. Develop a personal body of work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artists working in printmaking.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Complete and present a body of work within a professional studio critique.
  • Utilize the vocabulary and concepts necessary to engage within a studio environment.
  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques in advanced printing and studio habits beyond the classroom studio.
  • Meet deadlines with proper time management and craftsmanship.
  • Prepare portfolios for professional 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).


  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.