Department of The Arts: Printmaking
Course Number and TitleVAFA161 Printmaking/Silkscreen
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester4050
Other Pertinent InformationIn 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.
Catalog Course DescriptionStudents employ screenprinting processes using water-based inks. They explore a variety of techniques, including photo silkscreen, cut paper stencils, direct drawing techniques, color registration, and textile printing. Students gain an understanding of these techniques and develop their individual imagery.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Learning Goals
- investigate the expressive potential of screenprinting and develop technical expertise in a wide variety of screenprinting processes;
- explore visual concepts, such as design, composition, and color theory through the investigation of screenprinting techniques;
- demonstrate an understanding of printmaking and silkscreening skills; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
- Core Learning Goals (if applicable)
- create a unique, personal, finished product appropriate to the medium; (1, 2)
- perform a critical examination and assessment of their work, as well as the work of others; (1, 3)
- demonstrate an understanding of the language, formal qualities, structure, and interpretative methodologies relative to the medium; (3) and
- articulate how they got from the initial concept to the final product. (2)
Category I: Creative Expression
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- explore basic concepts, such as a line, shape, value, color, composition, texture, pattern, and negative/positive space.
- explore water-based, screenprinting processes, including the following:
- paper stencils
- direct drawing techniques
- photo emulsion stencils;
- textile printing
- registration techniques
- evaluate and critique the prints made by the student, as well as the work of their peers
- demonstrate safe shop practices
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- 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.
- 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.
- Assessment of Core Learning Goals (if applicable)
Student assessment is based on the demonstration of basic printmaking skills and the creation of a body of work, the timely completion of assignments, the presentation of finished prints in accordance with professional standards, the demonstrated use of appropriate vocabulary in an oral critique of a work of art, and the overall aesthetic quality of the student’s work.
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.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012