Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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

Further explores 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: Two terms of ART 271 or ART 271B or instructor permission. Recommended: ART 115, 116 and 131A. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Find and develop creative ways to solve printmaking problems using a variety of strategies for advanced monoprints, relief and intaglio processes.
  • Create personal hand-printed artwork, which demonstrates an 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
    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

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in current skill set.
  • Practice safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals and machinery within a communal studio space.
  • Utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to printmaking when participating in class critiques and discussions.
  • Assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
  • 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.