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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
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 or at home. Tool and safe shop practices are emphasized.
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. 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; and
      5. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Creative Expression
      Students will
      1. create a unique, personal, finished product appropriate to the medium; (1, 2)
      2. perform a critical examination and assessment of their work, as well as the work of others; (1, 3)
      3. demonstrate an understanding of the language, formal qualities, structure, and interpretative methodologies relative to the medium(3); and
      4. articulate how they got from the initial concept to the final product. (2)
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
      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.

    2. Core (if applicable)
      1. In-class exercises and problem-based printmaking assignments are assessed based on personal mastery and timely completion. The overall aesthetic quality of the student’s work is assessed based on the media, the subject, the composition, and formal qualities such as scale, perspective, line, shape, value, texture, and tone.
      2. The presentation of prints is assessed based on professional presentation standards.
      3. Through the oral critique, students are assessed on their use of appropriate vocabulary in discussing prints.
      4. Through the oral critique of their prints, students are assessed on their explanation of how they got from the initial concept to the final product.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Slides, video, digital technology by instructor, and field trip to a museum are incorporated. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

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