VAFA161 Printmaking/Silkscreen

Department of The Arts: Printmaking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA161 Printmaking/Silkscreen
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 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.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will

    1. investigate the expressive potential of screenprinting and develop technical expertise in a wide variety of screenprinting processes [Arts/Humanities];
    2. explore visual concepts, such as design, composition, and color theory through the investigation of screenprinting techniques;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of printmaking and silkscreening skills; and
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. explore basic concepts, such as a line, shape, value, color, composition, texture, pattern, and negative/positive space
    2. explore water-based, screenprinting processes, including the following:
      1. paper stencils
      2. direct drawing techniques
      3. photo emulsion stencils;
      4. monoprinting
      5. textile printing
      6. registration techniques
    3. evaluate and critique the prints made by the student, as well as the work of their peers
    4. demonstrate 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 4/2012; New Core 8/2015