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ART 350 A: Printmaking Special Projects

We look forward to safely returning to in-person instruction and activities this autumn quarter. Current and prospective students please visit our COVID-19 Updates pages.
Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 210
Claire Cowie
Claire Cowie

Syllabus Description:

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Winter 2020
Tues/Thurs 11:30am- 2:20pm
Room 210
5 credits
SLN 10446

Instructor: Claire Cowie
Instructional Technician: Kim van Someren

This course revolves around the printmaking method of etching. The course will utilize design and drawing concerns such as composition, line quality, value, texture, contrast, and pattern. Winter Quarter 2020, we will be using large-scale (18 x 24inch) copper plates, etched with Ferric Chloride. We will extend the intaglio printing practice to include color layering, stencils, transfer techniques, and hand-coloring. 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. Successful completion of this course requires active participation in all class sessions as well as significant studio work time outside of class. Expect to spend at least 10 hours working outside of class every 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. 

  • The Art Building Hours have changed, for security purposes. We are now open to the public Mon-Fri, 8am-6:20pm. This means that students, faculty and staff must have their husky card in order to access the building outside of these hours. 
  • Students can enter the building at any time, at the loading dock entrance, after they have activated their after hours access via this page (under #18. After-Hours Access).

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. March 18th 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.

Sketchbook/Notebook dedicated to this class only
X acto knife
HB, H or 2H pencil
½ inch or 1 inch flat brush for waterbased glue
Copper Plate  (this will cost $20 from us; it is subsidized by half - normally $40)
Paper For your first assignments you will need- 2 sheets each of Somerset, BFK (any color), Hannemuhle, and Rives and 1 sheet each of Kitakata (either color) and Mulberry. You will need 6-8 more full sheets of paper of your choice during the rest of the quarter, but you should wait to see what you like best.

Glassine for final print exchange interleaving

Etching scribe

Black markers and pens in several sizes

Staedtler white rubber eraser

Pocket Folder for handouts, reference materials, and stencils

Brushes for water-based media (for handcoloring prints with watercolor)

SoA+AH+D 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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): 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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: 
  • Concerns about sexual harassment: 
  • NightRide provides a fare-free safe way for U-Pass members to get home at night: 
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  1. 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. 

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  • If this is not possible or productive, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, 104 Art, 206-543-0646 or the Director of the School of Art, 102 Art, 206-685-2442. 
  1. Disability Accommodation 
  • To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Student Disability Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY) or 
  • 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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). 
  1. 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 Vice Provost for Academic & Student Affairs. 
  • More information about reporting academic misconduct: 
  1. 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 and Student Services (206-543-0646 or
  1. Incomplete Grades 
  • To request an “incomplete” grade a student must have: 

o been in attendance and done satisfactory work through the eighth week of the quarter o 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: 
  1. Grade Appeal Procedure 
  • If you think the grade you received is incorrect, contact the instructor to discuss your concern. 

updated 9/16/19 

  • If not resolved, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, 104 Art, 543-0646. 
  1. 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 Time Schedule. 
  • These fees cover the purchase of materials, academic support, and equipment provided for students in each class. 
  1. Service Animals 
  • The University has a general “no pets” policy in all of its buildings. However, Service Animals are allowed to accompany their handlers while on campus 
  • UW Disability Resources for Students outlines the policies around Service and Emotional Support Animals: emotional-support-animals/ 
  1. 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 (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. 
  1. Art Building Exhibition Policies 
  • Instructors and students must receive administrative approval at least two weeks in advance to install work in the Art Building. 
  • Read these policies and complete the included application form
  • Email the completed form to Violetta Walker, SoA+AH+D Administrator, for approval. 
  1. After-Hours Access 
  • Students enrolled in studio classes and accepted SoA+AH+D undergraduate majors and graduate students can 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 near 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 form. Students will need to use their UW G Suite account to access the application form. 
  • 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. 
  • UWPD frequently monitors the Art Building after hours to insure your safety and security. 
  • If you are having access issues, visit Art 102 for assistance. 
  1. Religious Accommodation 

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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: 
November 1, 2019 - 9:20pm