Winter 2016 with Professor Scheier
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 Winter 2016 special technical focus is additive and reductive 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 is on March 15th
Materials and Methods (first month)
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 (follows mid-term)
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
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
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 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
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)
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
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
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.