Printmaking

Courses

  • Fall 2016

    BOOKBINDING

    This class is primarily about learning the function of producing of artist books. It's objective is to acquaint students with the tools and materials as well as proper construction and execution so as to facilitate their ability to use the techniques as they wish. While intertwining this with content is part of it, it is 80% form and construction. Ultimately, we will work together to gain a solid foundation in this media that can transfer into and augment the individual's own departmental work.
    Decision and problem solving en route to a final piece is key in making books. The class will discuss the positives and negatives of choosing materials and the structural layout of a book, The importance of becoming familiar with adhesives, tools and potential problems in the process will be stressed.
    Aspects of adhesive and non adhesive bindings as well as traditional and non traditional books will be covered in ways to enable each student to determine where their strengths and desires lay. It also will create work that will convey the contents narrative into a complete idea. This should not only leave each person with an enthusiasm for the book form as art, but the ability and confidence to produce books on their own. Assignments will be given each week with the objective of manifesting that week's demonstration and objectives into a realized binding. Each student will be required to produce a minimum of ten books. As weeks pass, we will slowly turn from teacher required bindings into student conceived bindings, ultimately culminating in a unique, wholly individual expression.
    Estimated Material Cost: $175.00
    Major Elective; Elective for Non-Majors by Permission

    GRADUATE PRINT PROJECTS I

    Grad Print I focuses on artistic decisions using waterbase silkscreen as a medium. Photo processes will be integral to the course. Various surfaces for printing, the integration with painting or drawing, scale investigations, and other materials combined with silkscreen will be encouraged. Aesthetic discourse will occur in individual and group critiques.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration
    Elective for other graduate students by permission of instructor required

    GRADUATE PRINTMAKING I: HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND PRACTICE

    Students in the graduate printmaking program will utilize graduate level research and scholarship as an impetus for growth within studio practice. Investigation into historical cycles of printmaking will be fostered through assigned texts and exploration of primary resources available at RISD, especially The RISD Museum. A dialogue stemming from intensive studio work will be developed in varied formats by faculty, visiting artists and peers throughout the semester.
    Graduate major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    GRADUATE PRINTMAKING III: HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND PRACTICE

    Students in the graduate printmaking program will utilize graduate level research and scholarship as an impetus for growth within studio practice. Investigation into historical cycles of printmaking will be fostered through assigned texts and exploration of primary resources available at RISD, especially The RISD Museum. A dialogue stemming from intensive studio work will be developed in varied formats by faculty, visiting artists and peers throughout the semester.
    Graduate major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    INTAGLIO I

    Technical fundamentals related to each of the basic intaglio processes will be demonstrated throughout the semester. Traditional and contemporary intaglio applications will also be presented and experimentation will be encouraged. A series of monotypes, small editions in each process and a larger technical combination plate will comprise the final portfolio assignment. Imagery, concept and content will represent a primary course element as technical facility is mastered. Individual critiques will be the standard throughout and two group critiques at the midpoint and end of the semester will also be scheduled.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department; course not available via web registration
    Elective for nonmajors by permission

    JUNIOR PRINT WORKSHOP: CRITIQUES

    This course primarily involves the search for a personal, idiosyncratic visual statement. Juniors will refine technical application, engage in experimentation and study historical/contemporary artists and movements as the course progresses from scheduled project orientation to more independent bodies of work involving printmaking and its combinations with other mediums. Installation and presentation of work created will be analyzed as a critical component. This course will encompass oral discussion and presentations. Critiques will be frequent, in individual and group format including a group mid-term critique and end of semester critique that includes an invited, guest critic. In addition to the visual component of the course, instruction in seminar form will comprise visual artist professional practice methods that involve resume, cover letter, and employment application. Presentation of work in gallery, museum and professional interaction formats will also be part of the course.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    LETTERPRESS PRINTING ON THE VANDERCOOK PROOF PRESS

    At the intersection of commercial and fine art printing for centuries, letterpress printing is now enjoying a resurgence of interest. This course will serve as an introduction to letterpress printing, where students will learn to operate and troubleshoot the Printmaking Department's Vandercook Universal II proof press. A wide spectrum of letterpress techniques and concepts will be discussed. Topics to be covered will include handset typesetting, printing and routine troubleshooting on the Vandercook proof press, photopolymer platemaking from digital and mechanically produced film, and multicolor printing and registration. Students will be expected to produce a body of work incorporating the various techniques covered.
    Major elective; Elective for nonmajors by permission

    LITHOGRAPHY

    This course offers basic black and white lithographic technical applications on lithostone and lithoplate to those students who are at the beginning level.
    Contemporary techniques, and technical short-cuts will elaborate on traditional processing. Experimentation is encouraged throughout the semester while emphasis is placed on the development of personally innovative imagery and concept. Informal group and individual critiques are conducted in conjunction with group mid-semester and final critiques. A professionally portfolio of assigned prints is due at the end of the course.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Course may be repeated for credit
    Major requirement, Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration
    Elective for nonmajors by permission

    PRINT INSTALLATION AND CONTEMPORARY PRINT MEDIA

    Printmaking's inclusive nature allows for many different approaches and opportunities. Motivated by historic, sociological, political and media driven revolutions, printmaking has undergone significant shifts throughout history. The current world of image proliferation and rapid technological innovations have pushed the traditional boundaries of printmaking even further in the contemporary art world. Many of today's artists are creating large-scale installations utilizing the printed multiple in many distinctive ways. Through process and scale, students will examine the interrelated nature of form, multiples, expression, and meaning. The course will explore permanent, temporary and site-specific installation based art.
    Estimated cost of materials: Major elective; Elective for non-majors by permission
    Fee: $300.00

    RELIEF I PROJECTS

    This class will utilize relief as a means of developing personal imagery. Wood engraving, reduction and multi-block techniques shown. The responsibility of direction, and problem solving will shift to the student as initial assignments proceed into more independent projects. Individual critiques will occur throughout the term, at mid-term and final week.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Major requirement, Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration
    Elective for non-majors by permission

    SENIOR PRINT WORKSHOP: CRITIQUE

    this course provides the printmaking major the opportunity to work closely with Printmaking faculty on a concentrated and advanced basis beyond study in a print elective course. Focus on the development of printmaking related work prior to the Degree Project, relying primarily on individual and group critiques, will culminate in the Degree Project Proposal-foundation for both the Written Thesis and Degree Project body of work that is the focus of Spring Semester for senior printmakers.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    SENIOR PRINT WORKSHOP: SEMINAR

    This course offers a practical foundation for professional career options in printmaking and fine arts. Various aspects of a studio career will be covered including: resumes, artists' statements, grants, photographing slides of work, artists' taxes, exhibition planning, graduate school applications, web-presence, publishing workshops, & etc. Career Services serves as an important resource. Students will submit examples of all relevant materials covered, conduct research and compile a personal professional file.
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    SUITE MINIMANIA

    This course is specifically designed to address the format of a printed suite, a series of related images on a theme or story, using basic intaglio techniques. Progress and mastery of techniques will allow the student to progress to more advanced techniques and color printing. A minimum of six images in the suite is required with a minimum edition of six prints of each image. As this is a course that addresses miniature or small scale, prints are not to exceed 4" on any side. An archival portfolio will be fabricated to professionally present and contain the finished suite accompanied by its related colophon page.
    Estimated cost of materials: $75.00
    Course can be repeated for credit
    Major elective, elective for nonmajors by permission

    WORKSHOP: LIGHT TO INK

    Contemporary Printmaking's use of photo print processes is ubiquitous. This class is about laying a foundation in making prints using those processes. The class is designed to introduce students to the basics of Printmaking using either hand made, digital or photo-made matrixes. The class will learn to make prints using the traditional print methods of intaglio, lithography and screenprint and build a base of information about the production of the film transparencies from which the matrix is made. Students will be taught the skills necessary to take the photo, computer, or handmade image from a one or a series of positive transparencies to a finished print. "From Light to Ink" is a starting point for growth and exploration in photo printmaking and an introduction to printing in intaglio, lithography and screenprint. No prior knowledge of printmaking is required. This class is most appropriate for Sophomores, Juniors and 1st semester Seniors.
    Major requirement; Non-Majors by Permission of Instructor
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    Wintersession 2017

    *CUBA:PRINTMAKING, HISTORY, AND ART

    How does a country forged by revolution and hardened by deprivation nevertheless manage to foster and encourage art making? What can we learn about Cuba's culture and history that allowed it's Printmaking and Art to thrive. A culture and history impacted by European colonialism, slavery and more recently isolation from its powerful northern neighbor. This travel course will explore Cuba; the studio component will include printmaking and visits to Havana's print shops, the Liberal Arts portion of this course is designed to familiarize students with Cuban culture in general, and more particularly, to explore Cuban performative and visual arts. It will include lectures on both the African roots of Cuban culture and the contemporary arts scene in Havana and beyond. The class will have the, opportunity to explore the contemporary art scene in Havana and include travel to Santiago de Cuba, a beautiful colonial city rich in history and cultural treasures. Knowledge of Spanish not required, but helpful.

    This is a co-requisite course. Students must also take HAVC-C412 or HPSS-C412. Students will receive 3 studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits

    All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.

    Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.
    Permission of instructor required.
    Estimated Travel Cost: $2,750.00 - airfare not included.
    ***Off-Campus Study***

    *CUBA:PRINTMAKING, HISTORY, AND ART

    How does a country forged by revolution and hardened by deprivation nevertheless manage to foster and encourage art making? What can we learn about Cuba's culture and history that allowed it's Printmaking and Art to thrive. A culture and history impacted by European colonialism, slavery and more recently isolation from its powerful northern neighbor. This travel course will explore Cuba; the studio component will include printmaking and visits to Havana's print shops, the Liberal Arts portion of this course is designed to familiarize students with Cuban culture in general, and more particularly, to explore Cuban performative and visual arts. It will include lectures on both the African roots of Cuban culture and the contemporary arts scene in Havana and beyond. The class will have the, opportunity to explore the contemporary art scene in Havana and include travel to Santiago de Cuba, a beautiful colonial city rich in history and cultural treasures. Knowledge of Spanish not required, but helpful.

    This is a co-requisite course with PRINT-4412-01. Students will receive 3 studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits.

    All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.

    Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.
    Permission of instructor required.
    Estimated Travel Cost: $2,750.00 - airfare not included.
    ***Off-Campus Study***

    *JAPAN: PAPERMAKING, TEMPLES, & PRINTS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS OF JAPAN

    This trip is a six credit, in depth exploration of the Tokyo and historic Kansai region to see and draw the most important Shinto, Buddhist and secular sites in Japan, and to couple that visual exploration with 9 days of papermaking in rural Tokushima on Shikoku Island. Returning to Providence, students will spend an intensive week creating a final project using the paper they have made that reflects on their experiences in Japan, as well as write 2 art history papers. Through historical site visits students will gain a in-depth understanding of the background of Japanese visual culture. Through an intensive workshop at the Awagami Paper Factory students will work side by side with the finest Japanese paper makers as they learn paper making skills and gain an understanding of the continuing vitality of traditional Japanese crafts. Accommodations will vary depending upon to availability, with the goal of experiencing a variety of traditional and contemporary hotels, ryokan, dormitories, and so on.

    All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.

    This is a co-requisite course. Students must also take HAVC-H525. Students will receive 3 studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits.
    Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.
    Permission of instructor required; Open to first year students.
    Estimated Travel cost: $4,100.00

    Spring 2017

    ADVANCED INTAGLIO

    Presenting visual ideas clearly in any medium requires sensitive interaction with materials and an understanding of their possibilities. Intaglio processes encourage the generation of a rich variety of marks and surfaces. Proofing allows for analysis and insight into the way you construct an image, and is an ideal arena for color experimentation. Students are encouraged to master and adapt intaglio techniques in relation to their own imagery, and in the process gain proficiency in multiple-plate, color intaglio image-making, processing and printing. Group and individual critiques will allow for feedback and exchange of ideas. Emphasis is on imagery as much as technical competence, and students work towards a final project involving a series of related prints.
    Major elective; Printmaking majors only
    Elective for nonmajors by permission

    BOOKBINDING

    This class is primarily about learning the function of producing of artist books. It's objective is to acquaint students with the tools and materials as well as proper construction and execution so as to facilitate their ability to use the techniques as they wish. While intertwining this with content is part of it, it is 80% form and construction. Ultimately, we will work together to gain a solid foundation in this media that can transfer into and augment the individual's own departmental work.
    Decision and problem solving en route to a final piece is key in making books. The class will discuss the positives and negatives of choosing materials and the structural layout of a book, The importance of becoming familiar with adhesives, tools and potential problems in the process will be stressed.
    Aspects of adhesive and non adhesive bindings as well as traditional and non traditional books will be covered in ways to enable each student to determine where their strengths and desires lay. It also will create work that will convey the contents narrative into a complete idea. This should not only leave each person with an enthusiasm for the book form as art, but the ability and confidence to produce books on their own. Assignments will be given each week with the objective of manifesting that week's demonstration and objectives into a realized binding. Each student will be required to produce a minimum of ten books. As weeks pass, we will slowly turn from teacher required bindings into student conceived bindings, ultimately culminating in a unique, wholly individual expression.
    Estimated Material Cost: $175.00
    Major Elective; Elective for Non-Majors by Permission

    COLOR LITHOGRAPHY

    Once instruction and review of black and white lithography is engaged, this course offers color printing and selected advanced lithographic techniques on lithostone and lithoplate to those students who show mastery of the basic techniques. Experimentation is encouraged while development of personally innovative imagery and concept is stressed. Informal group and individual critiques are conducted in conjunction with mid-semester and final critiques. Prints submitted at the end of the course must be competently executed and professionally presented in a portfolio.
    Estimated Material Cost: $75.00
    Major elective, Elective for non-majors by permission

    GRADUATE PRINTMAKING II: CURATORIAL & CRITICAL TOPICS AND PRACTICE

    What is the curatorial imperative? By incorporating curation into studio practice, artists understand the context for placing new combinations into the world. Collecting, archiving and critical analysis of source material will develop a philosophy of stewardship. Central questions about printmaking as a crucial core for many disciplines that incorporate the relation between matrix and formed object, layers, reversals, positive and negative and replication of original and appropriated media will provide a structure. The state of print publishing, art fairs and current curatorial literature will inform ongoing discussion.
    Graduate major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    GRADUATE PRINTMAKING IV: CRITICAL TOPICS AND PRACTICE

    What is the place of printmaking in the art-world and the world at large today? Central questions about printmaking as a crucial core for many disciplines that incorporate the relation between matrix and formed object, layers, reversals, positive and negative, the replication of original and appropriated media will provide a structure. The state of print publishing, art fairs and current critical literature will inform ongoing discussions, research, and presentations.
    Graduate major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    GRADUATE PRINTMAKING THESIS: ARTICULATING THE IDEAS AND PROCESSES THAT UNDERLIE YOUR WORK

    Strategies for analysis and documentation are presented and discussed as students combine their research and reflections on their own evolving production into an illustrated, written thesis that organizes, focuses, and articulates their ideas. Artist's books, online publications and other formats will be explored. Intensive support for development and production of the thesis in relation to studio practice will be given.
    Graduate major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    INTAGLIO I

    Technical fundamentals related to each of the basic intaglio processes will be demonstrated throughout the semester. Traditional and contemporary intaglio applications will also be presented and experimentation will be encouraged. A series of monotypes, small editions in each process and a larger technical combination plate will comprise the final portfolio assignment. Imagery, concept and content will represent a primary course element as technical facility is mastered. Individual critiques will be the standard throughout and two group critiques at the midpoint and end of the semester will also be scheduled.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department; course not available via web registration
    Elective for nonmajors by permission

    JUNIOR PRINT WORKSHOP: SEMINAR/CRITIQUE

    This course sustains the search for personal, idiosyncratic visual direction. Printmaking applications are refined, experimentation is engaged and study incorporates group discussion, readings and critical writing related to texts provided and visits to libraries, museums and galleries. In addition, students will update the resume created during the previous semester, an artist statement will be written, cover letters and employment/grant applications will be addressed at regular intervals throughout the semester. Installation and presentation of work created will be analyzed as a critical component. At the end of the semester, students will discuss their current work in oral/power point format as it relates to personal research of historical and contemporary art/artists. Critiques, group and individual will occur each week and an outside guest critic will be engaged for the final critique.
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    LETTERPRESS PRINTING ON THE VANDERCOOK PROOF PRESS

    At the intersection of commercial and fine art printing for centuries, letterpress printing is now enjoying a resurgence of interest. This course will serve as an introduction to letterpress printing, where students will learn to operate and troubleshoot the Printmaking Department's Vandercook Universal II proof press. A wide spectrum of letterpress techniques and concepts will be discussed. Topics to be covered will include handset typesetting, printing and routine troubleshooting on the Vandercook proof press, photopolymer platemaking from digital and mechanically produced film, and multicolor printing and registration. Students will be expected to produce a body of work incorporating the various techniques covered.
    Major elective; Elective for nonmajors by permission

    LITHOGRAPHY

    This course offers basic black and white lithographic technical applications on lithostone and lithoplate to those students who are at the beginning level.
    Contemporary techniques, and technical short-cuts will elaborate on traditional processing. Experimentation is encouraged throughout the semester while emphasis is placed on the development of personally innovative imagery and concept. Informal group and individual critiques are conducted in conjunction with group mid-semester and final critiques. A professionally portfolio of assigned prints is due at the end of the course.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Course may be repeated for credit
    Major requirement, Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration
    Elective for nonmajors by permission

    SENIOR DEGREE PROJECT: CRITIQUE

    This course works in tandem with the Senior Degree Project: Seminar to which a Degree Project Proposal is submitted in February. The Degree Project involves a semester of independent study to test the student's ability to design and successfully complete a substantial, comprehensive body of work. A degree project exhibition at the end of the semester is required.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    SINGLE EDITION/PORTFOLIO PROJECT

    This course will be dedicated to printing just one edition during the semester. Those students experienced in printmaking will be encouraged to collaborate with a faculty member. A portfolio of prints will be compiled at the end of the semester and a print exchange will be held for those participating in the project. This course will prepare the students for professional printing expectations and encourage intensity and scale to become more focused and ambitious.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Elective; Advanced students only
    This course may be repeated for credit and taken in place of the junior requirement PRINT 4615

    WATERBASE SILKSCREEN I

    Students will stretch their own screens and will be introduced to a wide range of stencil techniques (cut film, paper stencil, crayon and glue, tusche and glue, and photo). Students are urged to experiment with stencil and printing techniques to produce a portfolio of editioned prints.
    Estimated Material Cost: $175.00
    Major requirement; Print majors only
    Elective for nonmajors by permission