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ART 350 B: Printmaking Special Projects

Relief Printing

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

Syllabus Description:

Relief Printmaking
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Tu/Th 11:30am - 2:20pm
Office Hours: Fridays 11:30am - 12:30pm
5 Credits  Remote via Zoom - All Sessions meet at this link
ART350Bsp21LR.jpgInstructor: Claire Cowie

Instructional Technician: Kim van Someren

Link to Main IVA Google Drive Folder with lots of resources and past student work
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This course is an exploration of the relief printmaking process, printing by hand, well-suited to the "home" or alternative studio environment. Students will initially carve Gomuban plates, which are popular in Japan for introductory but high-quality relief work, and we will use Caligo (Cranfield) inks, which are oil-based, but water soluable, for easier clean-up. In the second half of the quarter, students may choose to work on linoleum, wood, Sintra, or continue with Gomuban, and students will then have the option of adding color, using other types of ink, or continuing with Caligo inks. The development of a mature and personal statement in terms of content and imagery will be expected. Projects will focus on line quality, value, texture, pattern, and composition in order to concentrate on the relationship between positive and negative space. The aim is to expand the repertoire of visual language, to encourage direct invention in the medium of relief printing, and to foster a method of thinking artistically through the making of original prints.

Demonstrations will be a combination of pre-recorded video and live presentations. Class discussions, quizzes, critique, and writing assignments will supplement hands-on practice. Successful completion of this course requires active participation in all class sessions as well as significant studio work time outside of class. 

Assignments will be graded in Canvas using points. Your assignments will total 100 points for the quarter, so each assignment will be worth a percentage of this. Many assignments are 1-5 points as they are stages of bigger projects broken into components for better skill-development and self-assessment. Late work will have a 10% grade deduction applied. Late work from the first half of the quarter will only be accepted until midterm (Midnight Sat. May 8th). Late work from the 2nd half of the quarter must be submitted by midnight Sat. June 12th.

General Grade Rubric

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: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
February 12, 2021 - 11:38am