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ART 245 A: Concepts In Printmaking

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 201
S. Scheier

Syllabus Description:



Last Date to Print is 12/14 Monday. Printing presses stop at 4pm. Portfolios must be assembled BEFORE 4:30 Tuesday 12/15

Final Portfolio due 12/15 4:30

Students will submit a professionally presented printmaking portfolio for their final exam. This portfolio will include all aspects in the development of Artist Influence and Revision projects: sketches, collages, signed working proofs, signed artists proofs and the edition. Please, include in final portfolio one print from Black&White project and one print from Environment.

Final Exam Period 4:30-6:20 will be used for the first phase of Shop Clean-up. Role will be taken at 6pm . Etching students will spend 2 hours Wednesday afternoon.

Artistic Influence                                        

The purpose of this assignment is to learn from the community of artists. Students will select an artist from a list provided and engage in both written and visual investigation of that artist. The written investigation will provide a basis for a group discussion about artistic influence. For this third linocut, the student may be influenced conceptual or visually.


The fourth project offers a couple possibilities for self-critique of one of the previous three projects: a second state of one of the blocks or a pair for one of the previous images


ART245 Autumn 2015

Professor Scheier     

Office Hours Room 201 by appointment



Linocut:   Composition and Concept

Course structure and lectures are designed for instruction in the process of developing ideas from simple collage sketches to completed image. Each of the relief print projects are broken down into stages: preparatory collages, carving the linoleum block, proofing the block, revision of the carving, deciding on a final proof, and running the edition.


Brief description of assignments


Black and White                                         

Working with linoleum, this first project focuses on a few basic elements of composition: line, shape, and the interaction of edges of shapes. Black and White initiates the examination of organization of visual elements. It demands an engagement with the figure/ground relationship to space and attention to negative shapes.


Environment: Edges and Texture                 

The project extends the ‘Black and White’ lesson to include the use of texture for organization of the picture plane. As well, the relationship between visual elements, imagery, and content come into play with the consideration of the assigned theme. Students will begin by making a set of collages as a means of generating visual ideas.


Prepare through Research. Preview works by artist on the list by logging into Astor (Art Library digital images). Select your artist for the list.

Making an outline for presentation regarding your selection of artist for this project.  Written notes and representation in library books will assist in decision-making and development of concept and formal concerns. The main objective of the assignment is to highlight artistic intention and conceptual development.  Your research is to result in your own interpretations and visual enthusiasm rather that being a biographical “book report”.



Link to Artstor through the UW Libraries



Learning Goals: ART 245 extends drawing practice into a new media study. Specific goals : introductory facility with general printmaking methods, familiarity with intuitive image-making method, strengthening of compositional knowledge, advancement in craftsmanship, extending personal creative intentions into finished prints, appreciation for collegial relationships and professionalism





Absent from class?     I understand that students occasionally have to miss class due to personal difficulties. It is your responsibility to research any information missed as the result of an absence. Clearly, it is inefficient for an instructor to repeat the content of a 3-hour class session to a single individual. You are responsible for all information covered regardless of any absence.   Missing class puts you at a distinct disadvantage in the course. This disadvantage is compounded by the fact that you also missed an excellent opportunity to ask questions and hear your fellow students' questions.


It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their graded assignment from the pile of portfolios. Graded assignments will be on the classroom counter.


Assignments must be turned in on time within a protective folder with your name. Late work will be downgraded. Assignments are due at the beginning of the stated class period.


Plan on 9 hours of “home-work” per week, which is frequently accomplished in the print shop. Plan shop-time into your schedule


A professional attitude is expected at all time in Workshop 201.

Just a few main points:

-This is a ‘no cell phone use’ workroom at all times. You can you’re your phone on vibrate.

-Students are to maintain a clean workspace and clean all tools after use. -Students are to follow Health and Safety practices by using chemicals in the appropriate location and storing all supplies in their proper place.

-Students must drop the course if they can’t pass the Health and Safety quiz

-Take the attitude that everyone else in this workshop is as interesting and important as yourself. Respect your classmates study needs, such as cleanliness, order, and quiet. 

-I suggest that you get to know your classmate and trade phone numbers +/or email addresses.






Each project will list expectations and the number of possible points students can acquire. Formal, technical, and conceptual aspects will be considered, such as: strength of image, quality of completed prints, timely completion of assignments, progress with compositional issues and cutting technique, investigation of image ideas and experimentation using the working proof / collage methods, craftsmanship and skill, incorporation of suggestions into your work.


Progress with composition and other formal concerns through consistent participation often results in a higher than expected grade.


For an above average grade:   Development of ideas, concepts, formal concerns express through exceptional research sketching +/or collage work, carving, and printing.   


Shop clean-up is a professional responsibility. Students are expected to engage with the workshop professionally with respect to tools, materials, and other students. Clean up after yourself at the end of every work session. Lack of attendance at the final shop clean-up will adversely impact the student’s grade.   



Areas of work noted:

Response to objectives of each assignment:

For an above average grade:   Progress with work  +/or  Development of ideas, concepts, formal concerns express through exceptional images


Point System    Each Assignment, Expectation, and Exam is an opportunity to tally points.  Number of points available for each Assignment, Expectation, Exam is provided on syllabus


100 pts  Black and White


100 pts  Environment


100pts  Group Critique


100pts  Artist Influence – research and preparatory drawing

100pts  Group Discussion


100pts  Revision  - self critique and new idea


100pts  Final Portfolio – professional presentation, carving, printing


100pts  Final Presentation – Artist Statement regarding their own work


100pts  Professionalism, Written H&S test, Clean-up


Final Grades:

If the student receives less than 800, do not expect 3.6 or above

If the student receives less than 700, do not expect 3.0 or above

If the student receives less than 600, do not expect 2.6 or above



Student Responsibility

Plan 9 hours per week outside-of-class shop time  A total of 15 hours of work per week = 5 Credit hour course


Keep a notebook regarding class lessons

Learn terminology through study of glossary and attending demonstrations

Be organized with supplies, note-taking, class preparation

Assignments turned in on time

Students understand that Group Critiques and Pin-ups equate to written papers, tests, and quizzes that are part of other academic courses.

Develop collegial relationships and maintain a professional attitude in the Printmaking Workshop. Refer to Professional Practice hand out, Health and Safety Contract, and School of Art Code of Conduct


Understand that our Instructional Technician will provide additional assistance for students who have attended class demonstration and who can ask questions with knowledge of intaglio terminology.


Read all handouts before you ask me questions that are on handout


Examples of Organization

Have materials and tools available for classroom exercises

Create a weekly outside-of-class workshop schedule

Work submitted on due dates

Work available for ‘Pin-up’ days

On time to class

Note-taking at demonstrations

Following directions

Use of proper technical procedure

Collegiality expressed through cooperative use of workshop facilities

Knowledge and use of all Health and Safety instruction

Pass Written Exams

Attention to objectives of each assignment

Response to suggestions

Organization is your friend


Read all handouts before you ask me questions that are on handout

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to contemporary printing methods such as monotype, monoprint, stencil, and photocopy. Survey of historical and current approaches to the art of printmaking.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:01pm