ART 315: PRINTMAKING I [3 credit hrs] Term: (Spring B)
Grace College, Winona Lake, IN. Prof D.M. Swartzentruber, MFA
Thursday Evenings (6:00-9:00 pm)
Student Introduction: ID Index Card
Info: Class Expectations, Attendance, Supplies
Lecture: "Why make Prints in the Digital Age?"
(A) Acrylic/Oil Monotype Printmaking on Plexiglas
Lecture: "A Communal Approach: Clean Studio, Clean Margins"
|3/21/12||Lecture: Would Rembrandt be Famous Today?"
(B) Zinc Plate Etching Printmaking
Lecture: "Signing and Signature is an Esthetic of the Print"
|3/28/12||Lecture: "Japanese Ukiyo-e Reduction Prints
(C) Linoleum Reduction Printmaking
Lecture: "How to Critique Artwork"
|4/4/12||Lecture: "Found Objects & Recycling"
(D) Collagraph/Cardboard Printmaking
Lecture: "Limited Editions & Collectables: Art in the Marketplace"
|______||ANNUAL GRACE STUDENT JURIED EXHIBIT (Must submit 2 prints)|
|4/11/12||(E) Pronto Plate Printmaking
Lecture: "Artist: Evidence of a Creator"
|4/18/12||(F) Final Portfolio Print
* [Prof's house - video: How to Draw a Bunny about artist Ray Johnson, Atomic Cafe', or Henry Darger]
|4/25/12||Guided studio work night.
Lecture: "Art, Liberal Arts and the Global Economy"
|40% (F) Final Portfolio Print (Bon à tirer: See Below)|
|10% (G) Clean Studio (See Below)|
40% (H) Publishable Research Article: (See Below)
|10 % (I) Test|
|WORKSHOPS/ SELF DIRECTED WORK:
Methods: Artist Book, Collaboration, Scale, etc.
Materials: Mylar Monotype, Drypoint, Gyotaku, Silkscreen, etc.
Themes: Architecture, religion, photography, etc.
|* This course has a hybrid component. Student will construct a publishable article with support images. They will also do a film review online.|
This is an introductory survey course in the media of printmaking. Students are encouraged to apply their drawing and design skills to express their ideas in projects based on several of the following methods; woodcut, linocut, intaglio, serigraphy, monotype and lithography. The semester will consist of primarily hand-printing processes with an emphasis on drawing and composition. Art History will be use to demonstrate and enrich the material discussed in this survey.
As responsible adults, students are expected to attend classes. Whether present or absent, students are held responsible for announcements made and all work covered in class sessions. In cases of illness, medical emergency or some other crisis it is the student’s responsibility to make up any studies missed and copy class notes from another student. Student should notify instructor in advance about anticipated absences and make appropriate arrangements to make up work. Students participating in athletics, with performing groups or otherwise representing Grace College, will sometimes have events scheduled in conflict with classes. Students should notify me well in advance of these dates. Attendance is mandatory for success in all of my courses. To emphasize the importance of attendance, penalties are given for missing class often. I give all students one absences for illnesses, field trips, representing Grace College, interviews, deaths in the family, and other such emergencies. As such, for insurance, I recommend that students "save up" their two excuses throughout the semester to use in case of illness and emergencies. For each absence after the first, they will lose 5% of accumulated point total at the end of the semester. Finally, attendance literally means, "to be present" for the entire duration of the class. Students arriving to class late or leaving class early may be marked as absent for the day.
|Assignments & Group Critiques:
Student participation in the group critiques is mandatory. Work must be completed and dry by assigned deadlines in order to be eligible for full credit. Any project or technique may be substituted, dropped or added by the professor. Be ready to discuss your work and the work of othes students in class each week.
|Bon `a tirer:
Per tradition, and as an aid in teaching future printmaking students, an edition proof or the bon à tirer is to remain with the professor. This is only when requested.
Clean Studio and Safety Responsibilities
Solvents and oil based inks:
-Not all oil-based inks are compatible (rubber, vinyl).
Non Toxic Cleanup:
With the toxicity of the fumes from thinners and the standard removal of such hazardous materials, an alternate method may be used (and in some situations is preferred).
*To clean oil-based ink off of copper/zinc plates, brayers, ink scrapers, follow the first two steps of the “Cleans” process. Like with using thinners, have some newspaper/rags/paper towel ready. Pour a small amount of veggie oil onto the already scraped plate/scraper/brayer. Using your fingers, gently rub the vegetable oil into the ink-covered areas. Using rags or scraps of paper, remove the standing oil. You may need to add more vegetable oil to loosen and remove the rest of the ink. Before using the Simple Green, there should be little ink remaining on the area needing to be cleaned. Spray a small amount of Simple Green on the plate and wipe clean.
*A quicker, less-damaging way to clean your hands is to use hand lotion rather than thinners. The thinners will dry out your hands and leave its strong odor behind. Hand lotion will loosen the ink as you rub it in, it’s easier to wash off, and may leave your hands smelling better and feeling softer.
Essay: Publishable Research Article:
Students are expected to keep a sketchbook/journal as an important source for developing imagery to use for this course.