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ART 450 A: Individual Projects in Printmaking

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 201
Claire Cowie
Claire Cowie

Syllabus Description:

Serigraphy (Screen Print)

Spring Quarter 2018
T/TH 2:30pm-5:20pm
5 Credits
Art Building Room 201

Instructor: Claire Cowie
Instructional Technician: Kim van Someren

Lauren Dake

This course will provide instruction on screenprinting methods and materials. The instruction consists of demonstrations, shop assistance, individual discussions, and group critiques. Students are expected to have a firm understanding of drawing and design terminology as well as a basic foundation skills. Students will learn the fundamentals of all stencil processes used in screenprinting, including hand-cut paper and found object direct stencils, painted applications, and photo-emulsion. Completed coursework will consist of sketches, proofs and resolved prints. Some exercises are collaborative. One main project will be a print exchange. Successful completion of this course requires active participation in classes as well as significant studio work time outside of class. Expect to spend at least 12 hours working outside of class each week if you want to do well in this course.

You have 24/7 access to the studio, unless problems arise. Please return room key to the lock box immediately after opening door and always keep door locked after-hours. Always lock the doors if you are the last to leave. Once you have passed the initial access-quiz, you will be given a code to the lockbox for the classroom door. You should also get your Husky card activated for after-hours art building usage in the advising office, room 104. While you're there, get your SAM museum sticker too!
There is a new online form to fill out ahead of time. The link to that can be found here:

There will be a sign-in sheet where you will record all your time spent in the studio. This helps us gauge studio needs and accessibility, as well as more easily track down any problems or questions that arise.

It is your responsibility to review all School of Art + Art History + Design policies:

Final exam session: Tues. June 5th 4:30 – 6:20pm. Mandatory clean-up session at that time.

There will be several skill-building assignments at the beginning of the quarter. The 2nd half of the qurater will focus on productivity and conceptual issues. There will be several quizzes, short written exercises, group critiques and class demonstrations. Grading rubric is under “files” on Canvas and posted in the classroom. Check Canvas ART 450A course site for continuing updates on calendar, assignments, grades, announcements, links to relevant information and copies of all handouts. Late work turned in within a week of due date is accepted, but penalized by 10%.

We must all share this studio and work together so please keep your work space (as well as the entire studio) clean and safe. Keep one another in mind. Always clean up one mess before you start another. Please throw away all trash and return supplies to their proper locations.

Notebook or sketchbook of your choice (will be collected at times)
*Printing Paper (you will need approx. 30 full sheets of printing paper)
Other papers and fabrics for printing on alternative materials
Clear Mylar (for film overlay registration)
       Thicker pieces give more accurate registration.
       Available on a roll at the UW bookstore or in sheets at Artist and Craftsman.
You will prefer a piece that is at least 20 inches on each side.
*Frosted Mylar (for drawing positives for photo process)
Water-media brushes (for screen filler, cheap ones are best)
X-acto knife and blades
*Packing tape (heavy duty/high quality is best)
Drawing pencils (suggestions: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 8B)
White plastic eraser (Mars Staedtler is best)
1-2 rolls of paper towels for cleaning and a cotton towel for drying your hands

We’ll provide a limited number of transparencies. Additional transparencies can be purchased via the supply sheets in 210. 

*Many supplies are available for purchase through the Printmaking department, room 210A. See purchase forms for prices. You will need to fill out a form first, then pay in the Art Office, then bring Kim your receipt and she will get you the supplies. Please be patient and prepare ahead of time. 
Distribution of supplies from the office will be on FRIDAYS ONLY.

Artist and Craftsman Supply (U. District) 4350 8th Ave NE 98105 (206) 545-0091  
Daniel Smith (South of downtown) 4150 1st Ave S 98134 (206) 223-9599
University Bookstore (U. District, Art is in basement) 4326 University Way NE 98105 (206) 634-3400
Blick/Utrecht Art Supply (Capitol Hill) 1600 Broadway Avenue 98122 (206) 324-0750 
Other good resources: Michael's, Paper Source, De Medici Ming, Kelly Paper, various dollar stores


Catalog Description: 
Individual media study within the context of group discussion and critique.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:20pm