Fall 2017

  1. 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

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  2. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of indepedndent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  3. Graduate Print Projects I

    Grad Print I will focus on the notion that Printmaking (and its constituent processes/techniques) are a "hub" within the visual arts. Students will experiment with a multitude of print processes that branch from drawing (a logical creative starting-point between Printmaking and Painting), and form extensions into the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, and even video. Processes covered will include; drawing fluid/screen filler, screen monotype, image transfer, drypoint intaglio, and various other forms of monoprint. Assignments will require experimentation with each new technique and projects will require the individual exploration of these techniques and application to each students' personal studio practice. Demonstrations, presentations, and group/individual critiques will supplement all work time.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00

    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-major graduate students by permission of Instructor.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses. An Independent Study may be taken either for credit within the Printmaking major or as a nonmajor studio elective, depending upon the subject matter under study and the major of the student.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  7. 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 Materials Cost: $100.00

    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department; course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  8. Junior Print Workshop: Seminar/critique :Fall

    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.

  9. 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

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  10. 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 Materials Cost: $100.00

    Course may be repeated for credit

    Major requirement, Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department; course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  11. 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.

    Major elective

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  12. Professional Internship

    A Professional internship is one of the central experiences of a RISD Printmaking education. Students can participate in the collaborative process between artist and printer in a fine arts publishing shop, work with artist/printmakers in a community-based print facility, learn the newest photographic and digital print techniques in a state-of-the-art shop, assist an individual printmaker in a private studio or choose from many other educational opportunities. The department maintains relationships with many printshops including, Solo Impression, Renaissance Press, Pyramid Atlantic, Kala Institute and many more. Internship lists will be distributed and some printers will come to campus to conduct interviews.

  13. 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 Materials Cost: $100.00

    Major requirement, Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  14. 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 Materials Cost: $200.00

    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department, course not available via web registration.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 Materials Cost: $75.00

    Major elective

    Open to non-majors as an elective.

    Course can be repeated for credit.

  17. Workshop: Light To Ink

    The use of light-based print processes is ubiquitous in contemporary printmaking. Light to Ink will lay a foundation of knowledge within the printmaking medium for using light as a part of the image-making process. 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

    Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

    Registration by Printmaking Department, course not available via web registration.

Wintersession 2018

  1. *Cuba: History, Culture And Printmaking

    This travel course is designed to familiarize students with Cuban history, culture and art. Visits to museums, artists' studios, printshops and cultural centers in and around Havana will complement studio work. There will be a day trip to Vinales to experience life outside the capital city with visits to tobacco farms and cane sugar plantations. Studio work will take place at Cuba's most established Arts Academy, the "Instituto Superior de Arte" (ISA). Once a country club located in the Cubanacán neighborhood, ISA is considered one of the most unique universities and architectural achievements following the Cuban Revolution.

    The studio component of this course will explore the fundamentals of western style woodblock printing techniques: single color printing, chiaroscuro, reduction printing, and multi-color printing. The ISA campus will provide access to their printmaking facilities and opportunities to meet and work with Cuban art students.

    Knowledge of Spanish not required but helpful!

    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,

    Open to sophomore and above; course is not open to first year students.

    2018WS Estimated Travel Cost: $4,000.00 - airfare included.

    ***Off-Campus Study***

Spring 2018

  1. 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

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  2. 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 Materials Cost: $75.00

    Major elective

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  3. Copperplate Engraving

    Engraving requires a single tool - the burin - to make intaglio prints of astounding clarity. The engraved line is unique in its brilliance and energy. A skilled engraver has complete mastery of every aspect of line, allowing a great range of expression from the most delicate linear shading to visceral gestures that stand our in relief when printed on the paper.

    Students will learn tool sharpening, image development, techniques for transferring designs to copper, burin use and special printing requirements. Emphasis will be placed on development of a personal language of marks appropriate to individual artistic needs.

    Museum visits and a master copy will provide inspiration for contemporary expression through an analysis of great engravings from the fifteenth century to the present.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00

    Major elective

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 Materials Cost: $100.00

    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department; course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  8. Junior Print Workshop Seminar/critique: Spring

    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 mid-semester and the final critiques.

    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department, course not available via web registration.

  9. 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

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  10. 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 Materials Cost: $100.00

    Course may be repeated for credit

    Major requirement, Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department; course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

  11. Papermaking

    This course introduces hand papermaking as an artistic medium. Approaches to working with paper pulp include both two and three-dimensional techniques, and integration with printmaking methods. Techniques covered in this course includes basic sheet formation, pulp painting and stencils, watermarks, sculptural casting and high-shrinkage techniques, alternative plant fibers, 'pulptypes', and casting woodcuts and collagraphs. Course format consists of hands-on projects, demonstrations, critiques, lectures, and readings. Students should plan to spend additional hours beyond class times to complete projects. The class will culminate in a final project that is due on the final critique day. The primary goal is for students to become confident when approaching paper pulp as an art medium. Students will gain a familiarity with paper fibers, materials, tools, techniques, and aesthetic considerations in creating artwork out of pulp. As a result, they will develop their own approach to working with paper through experimentation and critique. They will also understand the practice of hand papermaking within broader contexts-as a historic craft, human technology, and a contemporary visual art process.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $125.00

    Open to Printmaking majors only.

    Open to non-majors by permission of the Department.

  12. 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 Materials Cost: $200.00

    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only

    Registration by Printmaking Department, course not available via web registration.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 Materials Cost: $175.00

    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only

    Open to non-majors as elective by permission of Instructor.

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