VAFA160 Introduction to Printmaking

Department of The Arts: Printmaking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA160 Introduction to Printmaking
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

In addition to class studio time, students work five hours outside of class each week under the supervision of a lab assistant.
Safe shop practices are emphasized.

This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.

VI. Catalog Course Description
Students explore a wide variety of printmaking processes, including intaglio, relief, color reduction printing and monoprinting. Students focus on the comprehension of techniques and materials and their relationship to the printed image and visual concepts.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of craftsmanship in the area of plate making and fine printing;
    2. demonstrate a basic familiarity with a wide range of printmaking processes;
    3. establish a basic knowledge of the history of prints in both Eastern and Western cultures;
    4. experiment with self-expression through the exploration of printmaking techniques [Arts/Humanities]; and
    5. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. relief printing, etching, drypoint, collograph, monoprinting, reduction printing, and papermaking
    2. paper registration, press operation, and general instruction and orientation to the print making facility
    3. print an edition and prepare prints for presentation using archival materials
    4. printmaking processes to develop imagery and explore aesthetic issues, which incorporate basic principles of drawing and 2-D design
    5. history of prints in both Eastern and Western cultures
    6. develop a vocabulary for self-evaluation
    7. demonstrate knowledge of safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all assignments, based on the successful design, execution and completion of specific projects, and on the appropriate use of tools and shop safety practices.
    2. At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Slides, video, digital technology by instructor, and field trip to a museum are incorporated. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 3/2010; Revised 02/2011; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015