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CCOG for ART 275 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
ART 275
Course Title:
Printmaking II
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Course Description

Covers intermediate printmaking processes, techniques and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues in intaglio, relief or screenprinting. Introduces the creative problem-solving and critical skills necessary to examine aesthetic and formal solutions, and to explore artistic intent through print media. This is the second course in a sequence that includes ART 272 or ART 273 or ART 274. Recommended: ART 115, ART 116, and ART 131. Audit available. Prerequisites: ART 272 or ART 273 or ART 274.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Solve problems in the art making process using a variety of strategies for making prints, which demonstrate command of intermediate level processes, techniques and materials associated with intaglio, relief or screenprinting. 
  • Participate in a critical dialogue about ideas and issues in printmaking using intermediate industry terminology and applying self-critiquing skills.
  • Interpret and critically evaluate prints from different cultures to initiate a life-long process of studying the diverse perspectives of the human experience.
  • Create prints with greater focus on developing personal concepts and ideas with awareness of the standards and practices established by both contemporary and historical artists.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

The study of Visual Arts is essential to the development of the individual and one’s meaningful participation in society. At the heart of artistic practice is the ability to organize experience and recognize its meaning. The creation of artwork and appreciation of aesthetics is a source of great pleasure and also a valuable means to effective visual communication. Participating in Visual Arts is an important way for individuals to connect to the past and respond to the present with a stronger sense of engagement with culture and society.

Course Activities and Design

Class time during the term is used for in-studio practice, lectures and presentations, demonstrations, critiques and group discussions. Students are expected to engage in studio work during and outside of class time.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Create print projects that are aesthetically and formally challenging and demonstrate the student’s evolution though both intermediate level ideas and processes.

  • Demonstrate sound intermediate level printmaking technique and safe and efficient studio habits with respect to the communal environment.

  • Participate in discussions and critiques. Take an active role and make contributions applying concepts and terminology used in the discipline.

  • Evaluate both technical approaches and conceptual directions in prints through comprehensive written responses.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Visual communication.
  • Contextual awareness.
  • Explore new directions in printmaking, non-traditional media and combined techniques.


  • Formal and aesthetic considerations.
  • Connections between content and meaning.
  • Process, technique and material choices.


  • Understand the graphic aesthetic, the specific possibilities and limitations inherent to print media.
  • Historical knowledge of printmaking.
  • Personal expression through print media.
  • Environmental awareness related to materials and proper disposal of waste.


  • Learn new methodologies for designing and completing print editions in intaglio, relief or screenprinting.
    • Expanded strategies for generating ideas
    • Preparing the substrate / screen preparation
    • Etching copper plates, or,  carving wood/linoleum, or, exposing screens
    • Intermediate processes for creating an image on the matrix
    • Intermediate techniques for inking and pulling prints
    • Curating prints
    • Presentation
  • Critique and self-reflection strategies for evaluating prints.
  • Studio safety.