Printmaking

Courses

  • Fall 2014

    BIG SCREEN PRINTS

    Students will use the department's new 5-yard table to print their screens along lengths of paper or fabric, joining each impression to the previous one to create continuous surfaces. The process will expand their options to work on large size and large scale prints on different grounds. The first structured projects will introduce strategies for designing a continuous pattern and the use of water-base pigments. Additional techniques will include flocking, use of metallic leaf and puff pigment to enhance the print. Individual directions in work will be encouraged. At the end each student should have finished a series of prints that demonstrate creativity and competence in the application of the newly acquired techniques.
    Major Elective, Elective for Non-Majors 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

    DRAWING ALL TO ITSELF

    Drawing is very often the backbone in service of some other artistic pursuit. In this course we will explore drawing as a means of expression all to itself. Our goal is to help students better realize their personal vision by strengthening their formal and thematic approach to drawing. We aim to achieve our goal by building confidence in mark making. We will begin by using observational drawing then branching off in different directions in order to produce the widest possible range of images. Assignments that are designed to encourage experimentation with material and media will give way to more independently conceived projects as the course progresses.
    Elective

    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 personal, idiosyncratic visual direction. Juniors will refine technical application; engage in experimentation and study historical/contemporary entity 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 presentations, discussion pertinent to visual art issues and the establishment of a viable, professional work ethic. Critique will be frequent, on individual and group basis at mid-term and end of semester.
    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: - History of letterpress printing - Handset typesetting from the growing Printmaking type collection of wood and metal type - Printing and routine troubleshooting on the Vandercook proof press - Photopolymer platemaking, from digital and mechanically produced film - Digital file preparation and film output - 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

    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
    Must also register for PRINT 4622
    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.
    Must also register for PRINT 4651
    Major requirement; Printmaking majors only
    Registration by Printmaking department, course not available via web registration

    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 2015

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

    Printmakers as well as many other artists use paper as one of their main materials, yet have little opportunity to learn much about this material and its history, how it is made, and the materials that go into its production. In their sophomore year as print majors, RISD students study Japanese woodblock printing techniques in depth, a technology dependent on Japanese papers and their specific qualities. Other artists and designers habitually use fine quality Japanese washi for a wide variety of applications. This course will introduce RISD students not only to the traditions and history of Japanese paper and the corresponding tradition of printmaking, but also to paper fabrication through a two week workshop at a traditional paper manufacturer.
    The class will then proceed to Kyoto for a three week stay to study in depth the historical sites and artistic collections of Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, with an overnight trip to study the art and architecture of the mountain monastery village of Koya San for an in depth appreciation of the continuing importance to Japanese art and culture.
    Students who register for this class will also be registerd later by the Registrar for HAVC-H525
    Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.
    Travel cost: $3,596.00
    ***Off-Campus Study***

    ARTISTS' BOOKS

    This course will examine contemporary book artists and their work, and methods of combining text and image to create works of art in the book form. Students will learn a variety of book structures from simple folded books to more complex bindings. The class will include visits to view artists' books in the Fleet Library Special Collections and the Prints, Drawings and Photographs room in the RISD Museum.
    Estimated Cost of Materials: $175

    LITHOGRAPHY I

    In this course, students will learn the traditional techniques of stone and plate lithography. Students will hone their drawing and image making skills through exploring mark making and a variety of techniques inherent to lithographic printmaking. We will learn the technical process involved in stone and plate preparation, the characteristics of lithographic imagery, drawing and printing. Each week will consist of demonstrations and in-class work time. Assignments will include the completion of 2 stone, one plate, one color and a final print project of the student's choosing.
    Estimated Material Costs: $175
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    PAINTERLY PRINTS

    In this course students will learn basic techniques of the monotype process. The course begin by covering basics of printmaking, how to prep paper, set up press, modify inks, and print a plate. Students will then spend the majority of the course focusing on how this process lends itself to the ability to layer colors and textures to create a complex image with a range of tones. Line work will also play an important role in the course with trace and dry point processes. For the final project students will utilize a range of techniques learned in a single image. This class is technical, however the imagery for each project will be your choice, so be ready to think about the uses of color in your imagery. Each project will be discussed individually at the start and presented in group critiques at the finish.

    PHOTO INTAGLIO

    As a basis for understanding more involved photographic processes, Photo intaglio will begin by covering basic copperplate intaglio printmaking: line etch, aquatint, printing and editioning, and workshop etiquette. Students will quickly move on to learn how the photographic image can be reproduced on the copper plate, involving photogravure and photo-etching processes. Emphasis will be given to understanding the differences in continuous tone and halftone images, and to prepress and digital printing aspects now available to us. Traditional analog darkroom and cliche verre techniques will also be explored. Students will be encouraged to combine photographic processes with non-photographic intaglio techniques. Students will have group opportunities to discuss techniques and critique imagery and ideas, and students will be required to present small editions of required and free assignments, as well as participate in a class exchange portfolio.

    PRESS EXPLORATIONS: MONOPRINT AND INTAGLIO

    In this course students will learn basic techniques of the monotype process. The course begin by covering basics of printmaking, how to prep paper, set up press, modify inks, and print a plate. Students will then spend the majority of the course focusing on how this process lends itself to the ability to layer colors and textures to create a complex image with a range of tones. Line work will also play an important role in the course with trace and dry point processes. For the final project students will utilize a range of techniques learned in a single image. This class is technical, however the imagery for each project will be your choice, so be ready to think about the uses of color in your imagery. Each project will be discussed individually at the start and presented in group critiques at the finish.

    SILKSCREEN I

    This course teaches various screenprinting techniques to apply towards an installation based studio practice. The student will use different screenprinting methods to investigate a site of their choosing and create transformational spatial experiences. We will focus on materials, site, space, and audience interaction. The course is open to students of all disciplines and encourages them to bring their distinctive departmental skills to the studio.
    Each student will choose an installation site and complete three distinct installations. With each attempt you will rise to new challenges and heighten your understanding of an installation based practice through screenprinting.
    Estimated Material Cost: $175
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    Spring 2015

    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

    ADVANCED LITHOGRAPHY

    This course offers color printing as well as selected advanced lithographic techniques on lithostone and plate to students who have successfully completed a basic lithography course and now wish to pursue the medium further. Initially, a black and white lithographic image will be printed before progressing to advanced color and technical applications. 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: $150.00
    Major elective, Elective for non-majors 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

    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

    INSTALLATION/SIGHT & SOUND

    Installation Sight & Sound is a studio course where students may create installations, performances, or site-specific works that incorporate screenprinting techniques as a primary medium. Students are encouraged to create experiences that transform the gallery setting or exist outside it. The course is open to students of every disciple and allows for cross-media experimentation. Print will be used and viewed as a drawing and sculptural tool that can be combined with your other technical/digital knowledge and experience. Students will be challenged to explore and invent new ways of utilizing Printmaking in their work, and will be encouraged to transform and reutilize space through interdisciplinary experimentation, and to begin to think about surfaces other than walls for the display of work. In the first half of the semester, students will conduct research, experiment with a variety of screenprinting techniques, offer short presentations of past work, and collaborate on midterm projects. In the second half of the semester, students will form final project proposals, and then work collaboratively or individually on a self-directed final.
    Major elective
    Also offered as DM 4520
    Registration by Printmaking department; course is not available via web registration

    JAPANESE PAPERMAKING

    Make you own paper for printing or three-dimensional constructions in this hand on experimental studio course in making paper. Curriculum will include: paper specifications, basic sheet formation, Japanese Plant fibers, recycled materials, paper modules and screens, along with paper structures for installation based work.
    Estimated Material Cost: $175.00
    Major Elective, Printmaking Majors Only
    Open to nonmajors by permission

    JUNIOR PRINT WORKSHOP: SEMINAR/CRITIQUE

    Critical readings regarding printmaking, historical and contemporary, print presentations, one studio project related to research as well as museum and printshop visits compose this class. The studio breadth of printmaking will be explored via individual investigations.
    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: - History of letterpress printing - Handset typesetting from the growing Printmaking type collection of wood and metal type - Printing and routine troubleshooting on the Vandercook proof press - Photopolymer platemaking, from digital and mechanically produced film - Digital file preparation and film output - 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

    The Degree Project involves a semester of independent study to test the student's ability to design and successfully complete a substantial, coherent and comprehensive body of work. To facilitate Tuesday group critiques, students must register for this accordingly. A degree project exhibition AS WELL AS a completed physical and digital thesis--including a comprehensive written statement, are required for graduation.
    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 my 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
    Elective for nonmajors by permission