VAFA167 Papermaking

Department of The Arts: Printmaking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA167 Papermaking
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 (5) hours outside of class each week under the supervision of a lab assistant. Safe shop practices are emphasized.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides an introduction to both Western and Eastern handmade papermaking processes through the exploration of a variety of fibers and techniques. Students gain an understanding of the basics of fiber preparation, papermaking history and terminology, sheet formation, stencil lamination, and pulp painting.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the technical expertise in Eastern and Western papermaking processes;
    2. explore self-expression through a wide variety of papermaking techniques;
    3. research contemporary artists working in the medium of papermaking; and
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. papermaking history and terminology
    2. Western fibers and techniques/sheet formation and pulp manipulation
    3. shaped and laminated sheets -- stencils
    4. fiber preparation and chemistry -- pigmenting, buffering, and watermarks
    5. Japanese papermaking
    6. plant fibers -- harvesting, cooking, and beating
    7. equipment and materials used in papermaking/suppliers
    8. 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