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ART 350 A: Printmaking Special Projects

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 201
Claire Cowie
Claire Cowie

Syllabus Description:

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ART 350 A: Individual Projects in Printmaking

Serigraphy (Screen Print)

Autumn 2019
Tues/Thurs 11:30am- 2:20pm
Room 201
5 credits

Instructor: Claire Cowie cmcowie@uw.edu
Instructional Technician: Kim van Someren

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 10 hours working outside of class each week if you want to do well in this course.

Once you achieve a perfect score (100%) on the facilities quizzes, you will have access to the printmaking studio 24/7, unless problems arise. Once you have passed the initial access-quiz, you will be given a code to the lockbox for the classroom door. 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. You should also get your Husky card activated for after-hours art building usage by filling out an online form (#18 under School Policies)

There will be a sign-in binder 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.

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.

Seattle Art Museum is very accessible by light rail. Declared Art majors can get a free admissions sticker from Advising.
The Henry Art Gallery is always free to UW students and is on campus.
The Frye Art Museum is always free to everyone, and is a 15 min slightly hilly walk from light rail.

CHECK CANVAS ART 350A course site for continuing updates on calendar, assignments, grades, announcements, links to relevant information and copies of all handouts.

Wed. Dec 11th 4:30 – 6:20pm
This is set by the University. Mandatory group clean-up session at that time, worth 3 points. If you choose to schedule travel or if you schedule other conflicting events, you will forfeit these points; they cannot be made up.

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 350A course site for continuing updates on calendar, assignments, grades, announcements, links to relevant information and copies of all handouts. Late work will be accepted, but will be penalized by 10% of the given project's total points.


You will be provided a number of individual supplies, as well as shared materials, the use of shared studio equipment, and cleaning supplies. This list is what you need to acquire yourself:

Screen (high quality, approx 230 mesh count)

Paper I recommend trying a variety of types in the first half of the quarter. You will also need at least 7 full sheets of high quality printmaking paper of ONE TYPE for your final project.

Miscellaneous substrates (fabrics, book pages, old maps, posters, random paper types, flat wood, etc.)

Packing tape (at least one roll)

Paper towels or your own cotton towel (at least one roll, or a cotton towel to re-use)

Frosted mylar (at least 2 foot off roll)

Team sheet (or other sturdy clear mylar for overlay registration)

Permopaque marker and Other opaque markers

Transparencies for laser printing (at least four 8.5x11inch)

White plastic eraser (Mars Staedtler is best)

Drawing pencils (2H, 2B)

*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.

* See examples of form on separate handout

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

General Policies

1. Equal Opportunity

  • In concurrence with the University of Washington’s core values, and in compliance with state and federal regulations, the School of Art + Art History + Design reaffirms its commitment to equal opportunity. The commitment extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations.

2. Diversity

  • The School of Art + Art History + Design fosters a respectful, inclusive community that supports creative and critical expression and scholarship amidst a culture that accepts the value of every individual. The School encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage in healthy dialogue and respect the values and global perspectives of a diverse population. The School promotes and encourages a culture of compassion, understanding, and an obligation to respectful discourse in classrooms, meeting rooms, studio spaces, and beyond. The School’s philosophy is reflected in our engagement with community partners and research endeavors locally, nationally, and globally.

3. Student Code of Conduct

  • The University of Washington has established rules regarding student conduct. Through the Student Conduct Code, UW students hold themselves to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and accountability.
  • More information at UW Community Standards & Student Conduct (CSSC).

4. Equipment and Materials Safety

  • Substances and equipment used in creative processes can be hazardous.
  • Enrollment in a class requires students to know, understand, and comply with all safety and equipment use policies for each classroom/studio.
  • Spray booths are mandatory for the use of aerosols.

5. Violence Awareness and Prevention

  • Preventing violence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation is everyone's responsibility.
  • Call 911 for emergency help.
  • Call 206-685-SAFE to report non-urgent threats or concerns.
  • Safe Campus website.
  • Concerned about sexual harassment? Learn more.
  • NightRide provides a fare-free safe way for U-Pass members to get home at night.
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6. Concerns About a Course, an Individual, or an Issue

  • If you have concerns about a course, an individual, or an issue concerning the School of Art + Art History + Design, talk with the instructor in charge of the class as soon as possible.
  • If this is not possible or productive, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, Art 104, 206-543-0646, or the Director of the School, Art 102, 206-685-2442.

7. Disability Accommodation

  • To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Student Disability Services, Schmitz 448, 206-543-8924 (V/TTY) or uwdss@uw.edu.
  • Your instructor will receive an email outlining your academic accommodations prior to the first day of class. It is a good idea to discuss these accommodations directly with your instructor to ensure that your instructor can help you with your needs.

8. Class Participation

  • First day attendance policy: Instructors assume that, if you are not present for roll call on the first day of a studio art class, you have decided not to remain enrolled. If you miss the first day without permission, it is your responsibility to drop the course. You may contact the instructor in advance and ask for permission to be absent on the first day.
  • Participation is essential to learning and success in all classes. Absences from class prevent participation and may negatively affect grades. If you miss class due to illness or emergency, notify your instructor, provide documentation, and set up a timeline to complete missed assignments and exams.

9. Examination Schedule

  • Students are required to turn in assignments and take exams based on the timeline provided in the class syllabus.
  • Final exams are scheduled by the University and cannot be changed. Do not make plans that will prevent you from attending your final exam(s).

10. Plagiarism

  • Plagiarism is using the creations, ideas, words, inventions, or images of someone else in your own work without formal acknowledgement or permission. This applies to written papers and research as well as to art, design, and architectural images.
  • Please check with your instructor if you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism.
  • Instances of plagiarism will be referred for disciplinary action to the UW Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs.
  • Learn more about reporting academic misconduct.

11. Copyright

  • The School regularly displays student art and design in a variety of ways to highlight the quality of our students and their learning.
  • This is traditional among all art schools and we assume that by participating in UW School classes and activities students have no objection.
  • If you have concerns about the use of your work, please contact Academic Advising + Student Services (206-543-0646 or uaskart@uw.edu).

12. Incomplete Grades

  • To request an "incomplete" grade a student must have:


    • been in attendance and done satisfactory work through the eighth week of the quarter.
    • provided satisfactory proof for the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond their control.
  • More information from the UW Office of the Registrar.

13. Grade Appeal Procedure

  • If you think the grade you received is incorrect, contact the instructor to discuss your concern.
  • If not resolved, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, Art 104, 543-0646.

14. Materials Fees

  • All art, design, and art history classes have materials fees billed with tuition.
  • Fee amounts and justifications are listed by class in the quarterly UW Time Schedule.
  • These fees cover the purchase of materials, academic support, and equipment provided for students in each class.

15. Service Animals

16. Lockers

  • The School provides lockers and locks to enrolled students. Cost is $12 per quarter.
  • Students can rent a locker from the Art Administration Office, Art 102. The office accepts cash, check, Husky Card, credit and debit cards (no Discover Card or American Express).
  • Obey all rules and guidelines printed on the Locker Assignment sheet issued. Failure to do so will prohibit future locker privileges.
  • Students must clean out or renew their locker before the last day of finals week each quarter. If lockers are not renewed before the last day of finals, the lock will be changed and items discarded.
  • The School is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen property stored in lockers.

17. Art Building Exhibition Policies

18. After-Hours Access

  • Students enrolled in studio classes and accepted School undergraduate majors and graduate students may have their Husky Cards programmed to access the Art Building after hours.
  • After-hours access is permitted only through the loading dock door near the west corner of the building, close to the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Swipe your pre-programmed Husky Card at the terminal for entry.
  • Students may request after-hours access to the Art Building for course-related work by filling out this formNote: You will need to have your UW G Suite (Google apps) activated in order to access the online Google form. For instructions on how to activate your UW G Suite, visit the IT Connect Help page.
  • Anyone in the building after hours is responsible for the safety and security of the building. Anyone who allows an unauthorized person into the building or a workspace, props open a door for any reason, or fails to adhere to their studio-specific safety policies risks losing after-hours access to the building.
  • Accepted majors and graduate students only need to apply for access once a year for Autumn-Winter-Spring access. Non-majors enrolled in studio classes will only be allowed quarter access, and, once the quarter is over, their access will expire. The School will reset access for every major at the beginning of summer quarter.
  • The UW Police Department frequently monitors the Art Building after hours to insure your safety and security.
  • If you are having access issues, visit Art 102 for assistance.

19. Religious Accommodation

Updated 9/16/19

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: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:20pm