Print Version

Effective: Fall 2011

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Printmaking family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in ART 49.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

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Description -
Introduction to monoprinting processes, exploring the techniques of painting, drawing and stencils to make unique prints. Theory and practice making images for one-of-a-kind fine art prints.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate foundation skills in producing monoprinted images using painting, drawing and stencils.
  2. present work for exhibition or portfolio.
  3. understand the importance of developing relevant and original images apart from style, decorative qualities and technical expertise.
  4. critically evaluate, define and discuss his or her own projects and the projects of student peers.
  5. recognize and appreciate the artistic contributions made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  6. understand and practice the safe handling of tools and materials.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Etching press, work tables, sink, storage cabinets, instructor's computer with projection.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Painterly Monoprinting
    1. Tools and materials (Lec)
    2. Preparing the print matrix (Lab)
    3. Printing (Lab)
    4. Curating (Lab)
  2. Direct Drawing Monoprinting
    1. Tools and materials (Lec)
    2. Preparing the print matrix (Lab)
    3. Printing (Lab)
    4. Curating (Lab)
  3. Monoprinting Using Stencils
    1. Tools and materials (Lec)
    2. Preparing the print matrix (Lab)
    3. Printing (Lab)
    4. Curating (Lab)
  4. Materials
    1. Ink and substrates (Lec)
    2. Paper and alternative surfaces (Lec)
    3. Stencils (Lec)
    4. Solvents and cleaning agents (Lec)
  5. Types of Printing
    1. Press printing (Lab)
    2. Hand printing (Lab)
  6. Inking techniques
    1. Light to dark (Lab)
    2. Dark to light (Lab)
    3. Opacity and transparency (Lab)
    4. Viscosity printing (Lab)
    5. Experimentation (Lab)
  7. Image Creation
    1. Subject matter, content, form (composition), context and technique (Lec)
    2. Idea development and sketching (Lab)
    3. Research and planning (Lab)
  8. Critique and presentation
    1. presenting works of art for peer review (Lab)
    2. evaluation of content, context, form and technique (Lab)
  9. History
    1. History of printmaking (Lec)
    2. Contributions by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds (Lec)
  10. Safety & use of tools
    1. Working in a shared studio space (Lec)
    2. Proper use of of tools and equipment (Lec)
    3. Tool and equipment maintenance (Lec)
  11. Environmental practices
    1. Working in a shared studio space (Lec)
    2. Environmental concerns and personal safety (Lec)
    3. Reading and understanding product instructions (Lec)
    4. Reading and understanding Material Safety Data sheets (Lec)
    5. Reading and understanding safety signage in the studio (Lec)
    6. Proper disposal and recycling of materials (Lec)
    7. Environmental safety requirements at Foothill College (Lec)

Methods of Evaluation -
  1. evaluation of assignments and projects
  2. observation of studio practice
  3. evaluation of critiquing skills
  4. student's ability to analyze work
Representative Text(s) -
Ayres, Julia. Monotype: Mediums and Methods for Painterly Printmaking. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1991.

Disciplines -
Graphic and Interactive Design
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
Concept development sketches, planning and production sketches, preparation of plates, inks and paper for printing, printing, and curating of finished work.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading assignments from assigned textbook.
  2. Weekly reading of handouts.
  3. Weekly reading of internet research sites.
  4. Writing about art projects.
  5. Writing portfolio and artist's statements.