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Printmaking Course List (2012-13)

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Course # Course Title Credits
PR 200 Introduction to Print Media 3 credits
This course introduces fundamental printmaking methodologies and concepts. It exposes students to an overview of traditional tools, processes and materials as well as non-traditional and contemporary approaches to the medium. This study includes the creation and utilization of various print matrices, editioning processes, curatorial processes and how to work in a professional printshop environment. May not be repeated for credit.
PR 212 Relief Printing 3 credits
Relief printing can be simple, direct, and inexpensive, resulting in images as bold as German Expressionism or as delicate as Japanese woodcuts. With this method, ink is transferred to paper from the surface of linoleum cuts, woodcuts, or found objects. The use of press is optional. Large and small-scale prints are produced. Black and white work is emphasized, but at least one project requires color.

Prerequisite: PR 200, PR 213, PR 217, or PR 220.

PR 213 Print Survey: Intaglio/Relief 3 credits
This course is a concentrated overview of intaglio and relief printing for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Working primarily in etching and relief, students will gain comprehensive skills in both processes. Some examples of intaglio methods include etching, aquatint, drypoint, engraving, and mezzotint. Relief processes will include muliple registration of complex linoleum and woodcut plates. This course cannot be repeated for credit.
PR 214 Intaglio Printmaking 3 credits
Designed as a comprehensive course which looks at techniques of plate-making and intaglio printing, students will learn to prepare and render the surface of a metal plate. Students explore the development of their own ideas in this medium from both technical and personal points of view. Processes covered are drypoint, line etching, hard and soft ground, rosin aquatint, spit bite, and multiple plate color printing. Prerequisite: FF100 (Elements of Visual Thinking I) and FF198 (Drawing I)

Prerequisite: FF100 (Elements of Visual Thinking I) and FF198 (Drawing I)

PR 216 Lithography 3 credits
Covers through demonstrations and lectures the major design and basic technical processes of image making in lithography, traditional and contemporary. The primary goal is the production of fine lithographic images. Beyond technique there is art. Focus is on fundamentals of drawing and design principles, as well as a concern for ideas and personal artistic growth. Technically, this course addresses registration of multi-color images, edition printing, presentation, curating, and the vocabulary used in a print studio setting. Prerequisite: FF100 (Elements of Visual Thinking I) and FF198 (Drawing I) May not be repeated for credit..

Prerequisite: FF100 (Elements of Visual Thinking I) and FF198 (Drawing I)

PR 217 Studio Survey: Monoprint 3 credits
This course will cover a broad range of concepts, methods and materials related to the practice of monoprinting. A monoprint is a term used to describe a unique printed image created with the use of one or more repeatable, manipulated matrixes. The matrixes may include prints made from metal, wood, stone, plexiglass and transfer/copier processes. Concepts and methods related to stamping, stenciling, mixed-media, color printing, multiple-layer printing, and print curation will be addressed. The class will look at artists working in print as image, book, installation and moving picture, surveying historical concepts to contemporary trends.
PR 218 Screenprinting 3 credits
Explores the different possibilities of water-based screen-printing in a professional print shop atmosphere. Students can gain a solid working knowledge of screenprinting, employing both traditional and contemporary methods of stencil making, film preparation and printing methods on various papers, as well as alternative surfaces and materials. Techniques such as digital film outputting, mixing gradations with ink, multi-color registration, and fourcolor process printing are demonstrated and employed. Through independent projects, demonstrations, and critiques, students are encouraged to create a cohesive body of work and utilize the medium for their own individual artistic needs. Prerequisites: FF 100 and FF 198. Suggested for all printmaking majors in their sophomore or junior year. May not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: FF100 (Elements of Visual Thinking I) and FF198 (Drawing I)

PR 220 Printmaking:Intaglio,Collagrap 3 credits
PR 222 Illustrative Print 3 credits
A good storyteller must exaggerate and simplify events to make the point clear and memorable. A good print often does the same visually. Working from poems, stories, or news articles, students create a series of images that communicate themes or ideas while developing their own style and learning the basics of relief printing. This relatively direct and simple print medium involves cutting into linoleum, plastic, or wood blocks, which are then printed by hand or press, generally in black and white. On a field trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art, students see examples of prints from Dürer to Blake and from Daumier to Coe, which inform and present messages important to the artist and the times. No prerequisites. This course may be repeated for credit.
PR 226 Print Survey:Collagrph & Color 3 credits
For students who want to learn the basics of color printing. A collagraph plate may employ acrylic mediums, collage techniques, and linear engraving on plastic. Each plate is designed to carry a separate color (or colors). When printed, the information on the plates overlap to produce a richly multi-colored image. Both relief and intaglio inking methods are used to print the plates using oil-based inks and in etching press. Students develop a folio theme of their choosing. Color is emphasized as an expressive and compositional element. Suggested for printmaking majors in their sophomore year and concentrators wishing to work in relief and color. May not be repeated for credit.
PR 248 Dolphin Press: Letterpress 3 credits
This introductory course explores the current use of traditional letterpress production and is ideal for the artist, writer, poet, or designer who seeks to produce combinations of word with images in a professional, fine art, limited-edition format. The relationship between word and image may be pursued through fine arts prints, folios, and books printed with Dolphin Press & Print’s Vandercook letterpress. Hand-set lead type and polymer plates can be printed to produce ’zines, artist books, cards, and broadsides. Students are introduced to setting type, running the Vandercook letterpress, pilot presses, and proofing press. Suggested for printmaking majors and for book arts and printmaking concentrators. May not be repeated for credit.
PR 294 Papermaking and Book Structure 3 credits
This course will focus on the historical beginnings of the codex and handmade paper. Readings will be given weekly along with bench work demonstrations of both structural binding and hand papermaking. The textbook for this course is Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft and the course work will include readings from The Archeology of Medieval Bookbinding. Focusing on both Eastern and Western tradition in papermaking and bookbinding, this course familiarizes students with the practicality of the materials, tools, and techniques used in both processes. Students develop an understanding of basic elements for constructing books. Sophomores and Juniors Only May not be repeated for credit without permission from instructor.

Sophomores and Juniors Only

PR 312 Advanced Relief Printing 3 credits
This advanced relief course will primarily focus on color and multiple plate registration. At this level students will adapt a wider and more complex variety of relief printing techniques. Focus will include registration, reduction printing, introducyion to unique substrates for printing and viscosity inking.
PR 316 Lithography II 3 credits
This course expands upon previous investigations in the lithographic medium. This includes stone, aluminum ball grain plate and positive working photo plate lithography. Advanced printing, curatorial, and collaborative techniques will be explored. You will learn the proper procedural aspects to making lithographic prints in a safe shop environment as well as gain a historical and contemporary understanding of the media through slides, books and originals. Emphasis will be placed on individual ideas and content in relation to the unique characteristics of the medium. Class time will include demonstrations, lectures, individual and group discussions/critique and personal work development. Prerequisite: PR 216 (Lithography I)

Prerequisite: PR 216 (Lithography I)

PR 318 Advanced Screenprinting 3 credits
This class explores the latest techniques of screenprinting using water-based inks. Traditional methods of stencil making with hand drawing and painterly techniques will also be covered. The photo emulsion process will be used to transfer images to screens. Printing from digital images will be emphasized. Students will learn how to properly develop and prepare digital art for production as a fine art limited edition print. Students are encouraged to undertake individual projects that connect directly to their areas of interest. The combination of traditional and digital techniques can be utilized in unique and effective ways.

Prerequisite: PR 218 (Screenprinting), GD 422 (Poster Design), or GD 5360 (MFA Screenprinting)

PR 336 Artists Books & Papermaking 3 credits
Artists' book collaborations permit the artist/author to fully explore a subject, providing an opportunity for a depth of expression that is difficult to achieve in other ways .In this Dolphin Press studio class, students will publish an editioned book using letterpress,, papermaking and printing technologies available at Dolphin Press and the Printmaking Department. By exploring the many possibilities for juxtaposing text and image on the plane of the page and through the sequence of pages within the book form, students will create narrative inter-media works. The class will visit the Decker Library artists' book collection as well as review examples from the collection of the instructor. After completing this course, students will understand the market, publication and distribution of the book. Students must have completed 6 credits of papermaking courses.

Students must have completed 6 credits of papermaking courses.

PR 340 History of Paper Structure 3 credits
This course is open to students who are focusing on book arts as a concentration and are interested in the history, conservation and artistic applications of paper, including the historic and contemporary practice of hand papermaking. Understanding plant structure and chemistry is essential in understanding the development of paper historically. The primary focus of this course is the technical application and production of pulp fiber for paper as well as production of handmade paper for various applications. Held in the newly renovated paper lab the class will also meet in a classroom for lectures. Undergraduates at the Sophomore Level or Higher Only

Undergraduates at the Sophomore level or higher only.

PR 342 Letterpress/Book 3 credits
Open to students who are interested in woodcuts and linoleum printing and broadsides. Large editions in several colors are possible when printing on the Vandercook proofing press. This course explores the history of the relief print and its use for political posters; for dissemination of information on botany, medicine, and agriculture; and for the publication of poetry and literature illustrations. With the advent of moveable type, the relief print was in demand for illustrating books. A field trip is scheduled to the Baltimore Museum of Art's print collection. Suggested for printmaking majors and for book arts and printmaking concentrators. May not be repeated for credit.
PR 345 Paper, Book and Press 3 credits
This course will cover in depth the use of paper in all aspects of print and press publications. The beginning of this course will focus on the development of handmade paper as an art form. Working in a professional paper mill, students will have the opportunity to make paper. This paper can then be used as a substrate for print projects, including press editions. Students will develop ideas using the combination of printmaking techniques and the Vandercook press. The concept of books as an art form and the publication of artist/author books will be represented. Examples of artists working currently in this format will be reviewed. This course is open to all students.
PR 354 Artists' Books 3 credits
Introduces the book format for the presentation of ideas. Emphasis is on visual and conceptual structuring of the book and the sequencing of images generated through photography, printmaking, and other mediums. Slide lectures survey the various attitudes and approaches evident in contemporary artists' books. For advanced-level book arts students, preferably junior and seniors; priority is given to printmaking majors and book arts or printmaking concentrators. May not be repeated for credit without permission from instructor.
PR 360 Bookbinding Sewing Foundation 3 credits
Designed to advance foundation knowledge in sewing book structure, this course is recommended for students who are interested in book conservation and museum studies regarding the book. Benchwork in sewing structures from basic to complex sets a solid foundation for traditional binding. Working through double raised bands— all variations of longstitch, chain stitch and combinations, students will be producing models of listed structures along with covers and board attachments.
PR 370 Adv.Printmaking 3 credits
This course is designed for printmaking majors and students who have taken at least three courses (9 credits) and are ready for substantial independent work. Each student is expected to complete one or two independently developed projects that form a body of work related in content by the end of the semester.Light instruction and regular, individual in-depth consultation with the instructor are the norm. Short group meetings are held every other week. Entry into the class requires permission of the instructor and is based on printmaking experience as well as a willingness to participate in a class environment while setting one's own goals. Professional execution and presentation are integral to achieving success in this course. Depending on instructor, photoprocesses, color techniques, or other alternative processes will be demonstrated.Recommended in conjunction with Junior Seminar year. Prerequisite: 9 Credits of Printmaking

Prerequisite: 9 Credits of Printmaking

PR 376 Junior Printmaking Seminar 3 credits
This seminar for juniors working in printmaking will create an environment of dialogue, interaction and collaboration where they develop distinct aesthetic positions while investigating their individual themes and the media, forms, structures, processes, and procedures used. Students will critically interact with their artworks, documenting thematic aspects through still photos, video clips, etc. along with corresponding interactive writings. Next they'll collate correlated information, such as other artists' artworks plus anything else that contextualizes and elaborates on individual themes. Then they'll arrange it all within a distinct "construct" typifying their personal Visual Verbal Journey. The idea is to create a “place" where you, your artworks, correlative situations, and interactive writings can imaginatively coexist in constant renewal, continuously generating new thoughts and new possibilities for new ways of working with your themes. Weekly in-class teacher and student presentations will be "housed" at a student website using PmWiki with its collaborative authoring function providing us with an extensive collection of readings, writings and critiquing representative of the aesthetic diversity of the class.Required for junior majors in Printmaking. May not be repeated for credit.

Printmaking Majors, Concentrators, and Book Arts Concentrators only

PR 398 Printmaking Independent Study 3 credits
3 credits. Staff. Offered fall, spring. For students wishing to work with a particular instructor on subject matter not covered by regularly scheduled classes, a special independent study class may be taken. A contract is required, including signatures of the instructor and the student's department chair. A 398 class may not be used to substitute for a department's core requirement or senior thesis / senior independent. Learning contract required before registration. Minimum of junior class standing and 3.0 GPA required.

Prerequisite: students at the Junior/Senior level with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.000

PR 399A Road Movies and Travelogues 3 credits
Discover the knowledge that can only be communicated through travel along the open road. Searching for Utopia: Road Movies and Travelogues is constructed as a two part course that begins with the investigation of twentieth century's western expansion; as told through Woody Guthrie's ballads, Jack Kerouac's Beat journey's, and depictions of counter culture history portrayed cinematically as the Road Movie. In addition, a portion of this class will be spent traveling and exploring the open road. Students will focus on specific thematic quests while documenting their trip. This experience will culminate as a film festival/gallery opening where work created during the journey will be publicly exhibited at a partnering institution. Course fee: $250, for road trip expenses