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ART 246 A: Works on Paper/Monotype

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 210
Abigail Drapkin

Syllabus Description:

ART 246: Works on Paper/ Monotype

T/TH 11:30am-2:20pm, Instructor: Abigail Drapkin


Devant nous

Artist: Beatriz Guzman Catena, "Devant Nous", 2017, Acrylic on canvas (Instagram @GuzmanCatena)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The goal of Works on Paper is for students to learn techniques in a variety of 2-D media and try out new methods of art/image creation. In this course, we will investigate drawing as a fundamental part of the creative process and as a language to convey ideas. Techniques in drawing, watercolor, collage, ink-transfer, and monotype using water-based inks will be introduced.

In the first half of the course, we will study observational drawing as a means for exploring and challenging our perceptions of the objects, space, and people around us.  “Thursday Themes” create a structure for finding engaging subject matter within our everyday surroundings and a format for discussing the contemporary and art historical works related to the theme.

In the second half of the course, we will use experimental printmaking, painting, and collage methods to transform representational imagery into abstract and semi-abstracted works. We will cut up, collage, obscure, and dissect these images through multiple processes to find new meaning and an individual visual vocabulary.

Resources on Canvas:

Files:   Supply Lists, PowerPoints from class, PowerPoints from student presentations, Class Readings, Drawing guides for linear perspective, human body and facial proportion, Texts from The Natural Way to Draw by Nicolaides.

Shared Content:

Social Distancing Art-Related Recommendations: Students can post art-related content to pass the time and stay engaged such as podcasts, interviews, Art 21 videos, art films, music recommendations, etc.

Printmaking in the Apocalypse Google Doc Class Folder: Students can upload photos of weekly assignments and final projects to share with other UW printmaking classes. There are also some great links and videos for you to check out.



Class Participation (20% of final grade)

  • Present on Zoom and attentive for discussions, presentations, and demos.
  • Use of class time strategically to work through assignments.
  • Prepared with necessary materials to show on Zoom. This includes having a pen and paper to take notes during Zoom meetings and having photos of your completed work and works in progress ready to share.
  • Participate in critique and discussions both verbally and through chat in Zoom and through comments/discussions on Canvas.

Weekly Assignments (50% of final grade)

  • Use of class time and time outside of class to work on weekly assignments.
  • All necessary work uploaded to Canvas, complete and on time.
  • Demonstrated use and understanding of fundamental drawing concepts, printmaking methods, and ideas covered in class.
  • Effort and time commitment to assignments.
  • Quality of photo documentation: Good lighting, good focus, and representative of the work.

Artist Presentations (10% of final grade)

  • PowerPoint presentation of two artists, one contemporary and one historical.
  • Recorded using Panopto and posted to Canvas for others to comment and ask questions or presented live via Zoom.
  • Articulate ways of looking, understanding, researching, and responding to art, both contemporary and historical.
  • Identify connections and differences between contemporary and art historical works.

Final Project (20% of Final Grade)

  • Series of prints assigned in final weeks of the course.



Week 1: Perception and drawing from life using contour line. Thursday Theme: The voice of everyday objects.

Week 2: Perception and drawing from life using value. Thursday Theme: Windows.

Week 3: Interpreting drawing using mark-making and ink transfer drawing. Thursday Theme: Plants, trees, branches, and one man-made thing.

Week 4: Monotype and monochromatic painterly generalization/abstraction. Thursday Theme: Space (not outer).

Week 5: Working with color using watercolor. Thursday Theme: Learning from the Masters.

Week 6: Monotype using color mixing from a photograph. Thursday Theme: Construct, Deconstruct

Week 7: Abstraction from collage. Thursday Theme: Deconstruct, Pattern, and Collage.

Week 8: Fragmenting using scale and perspectival space. Thursday Theme: Re-construct/Re-draw.

Week 9: Brainstorm, design, thumbnails, and proposal for final project.

Week 10: Final project and final critiques.



School of Art Policies-2020.pdf

Participation: Although we will be meeting online, active participation is still a requirement for this course and will help enable an atmosphere of collaboration and communication. The expectations for participation are the same as for an in-person class : Everyone is required to contribute thoughtful comments and questions during discussions (or in online forums), engage in class exercises, support your peers, and demonstrate that you are invested in your own work and learning.

Set yourself a schedule that you will commit to.  This is a 5-credit course scheduled to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am-2:20pm. Although we may not hold Zoom meetings together for that entire time, you are still expected to commit those roughly 6 hours per week of class time to participating in the course and working through your assignments.  Make sure you "show up" and don't quit early. In addition, expect to commit from 3 to 10 additional hours of "homework" to this course, depending on the week. Your effort will be evident in the work you submit and reflected in your grade.

Critiques: Critiques in an online format will be different, but they still have the same goals as in person. We will take into account the work presented, the Formal Elements (see below), the goals of the assignment, the ideas expressed, and the viewer response. Each time you are presenting your work for critique, arrive with questions you would like for the group to address.

When you are critiquing the work of your peers, take the time to listen carefully to understand what they are trying to do, then offer suggestions for improvement and how to get there. A good place to start is with description. What does the work look like? What does it seem to be about? What does it make you think of (other artists' work, contemporary events, a feeling, a quote, a book)? Which of these Formal Elements are working well and which could be improved or re-considered to make the work stronger?

Formal Elements: proportion, scale, color, composition, value, contrast, contour, line quality, mark-making, texture, gesture, space, positive and negative shapes, materials, methods/process, text

Project Documentation: All works created as part of this course must be documented in digital photo format in order to be submitted to Canvas and shared through Zoom and Canvas Discussions. The best photos of works on paper are taken in natural light, outside on a cloudy day or in the shade on a sunny day. Taking photos by a window can also work. Your aim is for even lighting, without shadows, and with accurate representation of the colors of the work. You may need to adjust exposure or white balance using a photo editing tool, but try not to use filters that would result in an overblown, too contrasted, or inaccurate representation of the work. If you have access to a scanner, this can also work well to get high resolution images of works on paper.


Kits with all needed materials are available for purchase BUT ONLY UNTIL 4pm PST ON WEDNESDAY,  MARCH 25th (due to store closure) at:

Artist & Craftsman - Seattle, WA
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington   98105
phone: 206-545-0091
Here is the materials list from Artist and Craftsman of what is included in the kit: UW_DRAPKIN_WORKS_SP20c.pdf 
And here is a list with alternative supply options if you are unable to purchase these kits or if you prefer to source your materials elsewhere (from other local art stores, online, or through materials you may already have at home): Art 246 Supply List Alternative Materials.pdf
You will be reimbursed your course fees to help pay for these materials.

Hernan Bas, Nightclimber #4 (Cambridge Living), 2017 , Victoria Miro GalleryHernan Bas, Nightclimbers (Cambridge Living), 2017 , Victoria Miro GalleryHernan Bas, The Wyverns Drinking Club (Initiation Dinner), 2017 , Victoria Miro Gallery

Artist: Hernan Bas, "Night Climbers" and "The Wyverns Drinking Club", 2017, Ink Transfer Drawing (Instagram @HernanBas)


Artist: Jennifer Pochinski, Monoprint (Instagram: @jenniferpochinski)

Catalog Description: 
Introduces contemporary imaging methods, expands traditional drawing methods, and encourages relationship of content to structure. Introduces relationship of printmaking and painting to drawing through monotype methods.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
March 30, 2020 - 9:11pm