Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Invent and compose formal elements in preparing design and drawing work for prints.
2. Select and analyze a historical example of relief or intaglio printmaking and integrate these approaches to studio work.
3. Develop a broad range of hand skills for print surface execution and printing ink application.
4. Assemble and disassemble a workstation.
5. Prepare, mix, and safely store chemicals for ink application.
6. Practice printing on various papers.
7. Perform the repeated act of printing consistent impressions of successful prints.
8. Distinguish between various print techniques and between original print and reproduction.
I. Printmaking materials
A. Papers - choosing papers, tearing formats and creating imitation deckles
B. Inks - choosing and mixing, additives for specific purposes
C. Printing surfaces - for editioned prints
D. Application of ink and tool use
E. Solvent safety and workstation etiquette/behavior
F. Flattening of final prints
G. Signing, matting and handling of prints
A. Appropriate subject matter and scope for introductory foray in given technology
B. Equilibrium of design - or imbalance
C. Simplification of masses in graphic distillation
D. Pictorial elements and their relative scale
E. Organic vs. architectonic form
F. Reversal of image and necessary transfer
III. Plate and block preparations
A. Coatings for zinc and copper etching plates
B. Sanding and shellacking blocks
C. Acrylic application for collaged materials
D. Acid uses for embossing purposes
E. Survey the range of the approaches to relief or intaglio processes
IV. Preparations and printing functions
A. Print workstations, upkeep and workflow
B. Prescribed use of materials/equipment
C. Safety concerns, studio safety and emergency procedures
V. Ink mixing and application
A. Removal from and return to containers
B. Necessary additives for particular applications
C. Proofing inks and papers vs. editioning inks and papers
D. Color mixing and diverse application methods
E. Print drying, overprinting and registration
F. Alternative approaches to printing and causes
The Complete Relief Print. Romano, Clare and Ross, John. Free Press: 1974 (Classic)
Etching and Engraving. Chamberlain, Walter. Thames and Hudson: 1972 (Classic)
Printmaking Today. Heller, Jules. Holt Rinehart and Winston: 1972 (Classic)
Wood Engraving. Rumpel, Henrick. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co: 1974 (Classic)