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ART 350 A: Printmaking Special Projects

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 201
S. Scheier

Syllabus Description:


Autumn 2015

ART 350

Professor Scheier   Room 201

 Individual conference (office hours) by appointment


   Printmaking is an extension of drawing and works-on-paper. It is a creative practice that enables the artist to think through the use of materials and methods. This course encourages students to strive for balance of three aspects of printmaking: drawing +/or concept, formal concerns, and technique. ART 350 Autumn 2015 special technical focus is line-bite etching and stage-bite aquatint.

  The quarter is divided into two sections: ‘Materials and Methods’ and ‘Individual Projects’.

 The first section Materials and Methods is primarily technical lessons that are carried out during the class period with direct supervision and opportunity to share results. An important out-side-of-class drawing assignment will initiate critique and preparation for individual projects. Individual Projects (mid-term and final plates) will be the students’ opportunity to apply technical knowledge to extend drawing ideas into etchings. Final Exam December 16th 4:30-6:20

Materials and Methods

Oct 1 – 29

Each class period will be comprised of: lecture +/or demonstration, Q&A, plate-work with professor’s supervision, and discussion of student results.  Lectures and demonstrations will focus on materials and methods for intaglio printmaking, with detailed information about paper, ink, the printing press, dry-point hand tools, chemicals including acid for copper, professional presentation.  Lectures are presented in the sequential order for developing a plate and edition of prints. Students will follow along demonstrations by taking notes and carrying out the demonstrated technique on a small test-piece of copper.     Students are expected to keep a notebook during class lectures and demonstrations. Taking notes helps the student stay focused, develop questions, study for the written tests, and assist with carrying out techniques out-side of class period.


The entire 3-hour class period is utilized. Lectures and demonstrations are not repeated for students who do not attend class. Students are expected to take notes and be organized for each class period. Students are expected to organize their schedules to accommodate an additional 9 hours per week of out-side-of-class work.  This work is often referred to as ‘homework’ but the majority of these assignments must be carried out in the print shop.


Part 2   Portfolio of Prints

Students have the opportunity to make several independent etched plates during the second half of the quarter. Individual discussions, group critique, and Q&A sessions are scheduled. Refer to the Calendar. Students will work on their independent prints during class and after hours. The contents of the portfolio will be comprised of artist proofs, working proofs, prints in the form of editions +/or in the form of a signed set of sequential prints. Preparatory work and sketches can be included in the final portfolio   PART 2 / INDIVIDUAL PORTFOLIO objective is to work with materials, methods, and techniques demonstrated thus far. Greater focus is on expanding drawing, image, content, and formal concerns. Detail requirement for Final Portfolio found below in ASSIGNMENTS
















Assignments, Exams, and Expectation


Drawing Assignment    The main purpose of drawing assignment is to gather resources, develop ideas, experiment and play with formal concerns.  Students are advised to not think about “making art” for this drawing assignment, but rather to be engaged with images you can further explored on the larger mid-term copper plate (9x 12” or 12X 18”)    The second purpose of this assignment is for discourse prior to committing images to etched copper

  Students will spend 8 to 16 hours outside of class making :

quick sketches, gathering of resource material that can be referred to or collaged into drawings, compositional studies and revisions, working-ideas, more in-depth drawings exploring mark-making. 10 sketches can be quite small  (4 x 6” up to 9 X 12”)  10 drawings can be 9 x 12”  and/or 12 x 18”.

  Grade based on effort in search of image, concept, and/or possibilities for mark-making and other formal.


Line-Bite and Stage-bite Plate

The plate is a technical assignment, which will primarily be carried out during the class period. The plate is for learning all the steps for a line-bite etching, stage-bite aquatint, and the step of the printing process.


Health and Safety Quiz

Students must pass this quiz to remain enrolled in the class


Group Critiques


Pin-Up Days (to be announced as course progresses)

Pin-up Days are required informal check-in points during the quarter.. All students will pin-up their most recent proof at the beginning of class for informal individual feedback from Professor Scheier. 

Students are always welcome to show me their work-in-progress and are not limited to Pin-Up Days. 


Line-bite and Stage-bite Portfolio

will include artist proofs, working proofs, and edition 


Written Test: Materials and Methods / Techniques and Process


Individual Portfolio  

Large Plate(s)

Imagery for the mid-term plate(s) will be found in drawing assignment.

Size 9x 12” or 12x 18”

Developmental Stage Proofs +/or interesting Artist Proofs, +/or Second States, +/or Working Proofs

The objective of this assignment is to utilized learned methods, process, and techniques to transform a working idea/sketch into a professional etching


Quick and Intuitive     4- 10 signed professionally printed proofs that can be artist proofs and/or an edition


FINAL PORTFOLIO is due Dec 10th at 11:30  Please represent your Individual Work by presenting prints from Large Plate assignment and Quick and Intuitive by submitting 20 prints in total


10 of the 20 prints are to fit into a minimum of 3 categories from the following list:

Edition  ( no less than 3 in the edition )

Developmental Stage Proofs

Artist Proofs

Working Proofs  (no more than 2 WPs)

Second State (only one or possibly a small edition)

Third State  (only one or possibly a small edition)

Fourth State (only one or possibly a small edition)

A set of 10 sequential State Proofs is a possibility because this would represent 3 of the above categories


Student Presentations (Final Exam Period)


Shop Clean-up






Learning Goals: ART 350 Intaglio (aquatint, dry-point, etching) extends drawing practice into a new media study. Specific goals : introductory facility with general intaglio printmaking methods, familiarity with intuitive image-making method, strengthening of compositional knowledge, creative value of experimental approach through sequential printmaking, advancement in craftsmanship, extending a personal definition of drawing, appreciation for collegial relationships and professionalism are all goals for ART 350.




Areas of work noted:

Response to objectives of each assignment: Test Plates, Effort put into drawing assignment, Mid-term Plate, Final Plate,  Progress with composition and other formal concerns

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


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 



Organization of materials for classroom exercises

Work submitted on due dates

Work available for ‘Pin-up’ days

Engagement with individual and group critiques

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

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





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.

Changes to calendar  ART 350 autumn 2015


10/22  Spray-paint aquatint

Homework: Drawings and sketches for THE LARGER PLATE


Week 4




Week 5


STAGE BITE PLATE PORTFOLIO DUE: include all artist proofs, working proofs, and small edition


11/5 The Larger Plate 9” x12” or 12”x 18”  etching made from DRAWING PROJECT 


Week 6

11/10  Q&A

11/12  Q&A


Week 7


Lecture and demonstration regarding Final Weeks requirements: Order of prints and drawings in Portfolio, Expectations regarding presentations, Loss of points


Copper distribution for Quick and Intuitive Project

Homework : Plate preparation


11/19  Quick and Intuitive Project  6” x 9”


Week 8


11/26 Thanksgiving


Week 9

12/1  GROUP CRITQUE:  The completed print for Quick and Intuitive Project


12/3 Individual Critique of work-in-progress



Week 10 

12/8    Individual Critique of work-in-progress

12/10  Individual Critique of work-in-progress



12/14  Monday   Last Day to Print

Portfolio is due no later than 4:30 12/16

12/16  Final Exam Period  -  Wednesday Dec 16th 4:30 – 6:20  is required and is the Shop Clean-up. 







Catalog Description: 
In depth study of a printmaking method such as sequential printing, multi-block printing, white-ground aquaint, or sugar-lift aquatint.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:10pm