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ART 350 A: Printmaking Special Projects


Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 210
Curt Labitzke
Curt Labitzke

Syllabus Description:




"It's only a piece of paper"



Link to Everett Herald Magazine Article: https://issuu.com/pnwmarketplace/docs/i20210201111916438/18  

ART 350

Fall Quarter 2022   Monday/Wednesday 2:30-5:20

 Printmaking Special Projects: Intaglio plate making and Printing

5 Credits


Instructor:  Curt Labitzke   cwl@uw.edu

Instructional Technician:  Kim van Sommeren   kimvs@uw.edu


This class will meet on campus Fall Quarter 2022.

All work will be completed at the UW Print Studio spaces.

This class is conducted in-person.  Students are expected to participate in class to fully benefit from course activities and meet the course’s learning objectives.  Students should only register for this class if they are able to attend in-person.  To protect their fellow students, faculty, and staff, students who feel ill or exhibit possible COVID symptoms should not come to class. When absent, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor in advance (or as close to the class period as possible in the case of an unexpected absence), and to request appropriate make-up work as per policies established in the syllabus.  What make-up work is possible, or how assignments or course grading might be modified to accommodate missed work, is the prerogative of the instructor.  For chronic absences, the instructor may negotiate an incomplete grade after the 8th week, or recommend the student contact their academic adviser to consider a hardship withdrawal (known as a Registrar Drop).  From the Deans Office.


This course will be a numerically graded course.

 Students are expected to spend a minimum of 10-12 hours per week, including class time, for this course. 


And an Article about my Summer course from  UW Magazinehttps://magazine.washington.edu/?p=22696&post_type=feature&preview=1&_ppp=fa5e10bd10 (Links to an external site.)

 An article from UW Daily on printmaking on line:

http://www.dailyuw.com/arts_and_leisure/article_f63e8798-0f63-11eb-a92c-07636c98c835.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next (Links to an external site.)

College of Arts and Sciences Conference video:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ByhE5CYYX7dUoN8tJ10DGcrdfM_z2mm5/view?usp=sharing


 Printmaking Special Projects will focus on designing and printing intaglio style prints.  Various plate making and color printing methods and materials will be discussed.   Students will be asked to design a few individual projects this quarter based upon their goals and interests.


Please see the assignments section for assignments/projects this quarter.


 Most assignments due Monday's before class begins but check syllabus and Announcements for exact dates .

Please note:  Calendar, syllabus and assignments subject to change throughout the quarter.  If changes are made you will have plenty of advanced notice.

Facemask Nauman.jpeg

                      Bruce Nauman.  Facemask.  Drawing.  1980's.  Hopefully not needed this fall.


School of Art resources for students:

Small Format output: smaller format inkjet printing
Large Format output: large format printing
Digital Portfolio Studio
Basically, Doug will handle intake and return of art and will do all photography for the students.

There are limited student equipment loans, primarily for iPad Pros. Email to request equipment. Following confirmation of your request, reserve a pickup appointment day / time. Equipment is available for pickup at the Art Building loading dock area on Mondays / Tuesdays / Thursdays between 10am and 1pm, and loan periods are two weeks. All returns are on scheduled days / times and are arranged with the borrower.

Primary equipment loans (large variety of items) should be through the UW Student Technology Fee loan program.


Chiariscuro Woodcut

                                  Chiaroscuro Wood Cut Ugo da Carpi  16th  C



Week 1

 W S 28  First day of class.  Welcome back! 

               Introductions and overview of course.  Getting started.

               Kim: Health and Safety Talk Required to continue in class. 

              No exceptions and no make ups   given. 

               Start collecting supplies.

               Start drawing at home for first project.  Begin individual research.

               Begin thinking about your print project  for the first few weeks of

               the quarter.

               Introduce # 1 Drawing Assignment. 



Minni's Large Donut.  Intaglio Color viscosity print.


Week 2          

M O3            Introduce your self to the group.  Share images, drawings?

                       What are  your goals for the quarter?

                        Questions, thoughts, comments. 

                        First Drawing Assignment due Today after class.



                       Larry Sommers: Instructional Tech Printmaking.  We miss you and those hotplate         



W O 5              Demo:  Making a plate and Proof Printing from plexi drypoint plates.

                          Drawing methods, mark making.

                         Using the Press.

                          Go over Second assignment.

                          Go over research project.  

                          Start researching print artists and thinking about your presentation. See project #3.


Week 3


M O 10            Studio Work Day.


W O 12            Studio Work Day


 Week 4         

M O 17         Studio Work Day.






                                           Flat stacking to flatten/dry prints using cinder blocks wrapped in paper.


W O 19        Studio Work Day.     Get ready for presentations next week. 






Week 5  



                                   Portrait  Color Study 1882 Gary Nemcosky 


M O 24      Project Presentations Part 1.   See schedule for your presentation day.

                    Bring your plate.  3 working proofs and one excellent quality print from your  

                    resolved plate.

 W O 26     Finish project presentations.   

IMG_5876.jpeg         Spiders in my studio.




Week 6 



M O 31        Demo:  Etching.  Start small copper test plate image.

                      What is etching.  Strategies for developing an image. Etch times/value.

                      Plate preparation. 





W N 2          Demo:  Using the Acid Room.  Acids and safety.  Etch times. Required to continue etching.

                      Cleaning the plate and readying to print.    Studio Work Day.  


 Week 7

M N 7             Print Reseach Project Presentations part I.  See schedule for day and time.


W N 9            Print Research Project Presentations part II.  See schedule for day and time.


Week 8


color baner

M N14       Live Demo:  COLOR!  History, theory, handcoloring, crayons, ink mixing, tapouts.

                      Multiple Plates, simultaneous color printing, offsetting etc.



Ink tap out or draw down. Transparency scale along bottom using extender.


IMG_5930.jpeg  IMG_5929.jpeg  


W N 16       Group Studio Work Day.  Begin Final project.  An exquisite Corpse.

                     Groups of three randomly selected.  Plates distributed.

                     Start discussing the project with your group.




Print on both sides of a thin paper.



IMG_5744.jpeg    Two plate print with water color crayon work.



 Two plate color a la poupee print.


Week 8

M N 21     Individual Conference Meetings with Curt  15 min each.  See schedule for your time and   

                   day.    Be ready to share your progress, images, thoughts and questions. 

                  Please note: If you are not meeting with me you have a studio work day.

                  We will keep to the time schedule so be on time.


W N 23    Individual Conference Meetings with Curt  15 min each.  See schedule for your time and   

                  day.  Be ready to share your progress, images, thoughts and questions. 

                  Please note: If you are not meeting with me you have a studio work day.

                  We will keep to the time schedule so be on time.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!


 Week 9

M N 28       Studio Work Day.


W N 30       Studio Work Day.


Week 10


M D 5           Studio work day.  Last day to work during class

                     Have a one page written statement about your work.  Content, subject, thoughts and

                       ideas regarding the process and how it impacted your work.

                      Three written questions for the group.


W D 7          Final Presentations.  See schedule for your day.

                     Have a one page written statement about your work.  Content, subject, thoughts and

                           ideas regarding the process and how it impacted your work.

                     Three written questions for the group.



T  D 13  2:30 -4:30      REQUIRED FINAL EXAM: Studio Clean Up. 


                                     Written summary of your progress this quarter due by end of the day.











 Labitzke. Colorful Flea.  Viscosity Print


 Important Information for all Students


2021-22 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.
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(https://registrar.washington.edu/staffandfaculty/religious-accommodation...). • Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using  the Religious Accommodations Request form  


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  • First day 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.
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  • 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).
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  • Please check with your instructor if you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism. • More information about reporting academic misconduct: www.uw.edu/cssc/report-it/
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  • The School regularly displays student art and design in a variety of ways to highlight the quality of our students and their learning.

Updated 9/21/21

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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.

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  • ART Building hours are Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6:20 PM.

Updated 9/21/21

  • 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.
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  • 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.  
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Updated 9/21/21



Catalog Description: 
In depth study of a printmaking method such as sequential printing, multi-block printing, white-ground aquaint, or sugar-lift aquatint. Prerequisite: ART 245.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
April 14, 2023 - 9:55pm