Print Version

Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Printmaking family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in GID 44.
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 relief printing processes, exploring the techniques of embossing, linoleum block, and collagraph printing. Theory and practice making images for limited-edition and one-of-a-kind fine art prints.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate foundation skills in producing images on plates and printing them using embossing, linoleum block and collagraph printing.
  2. produce uniform multiples and 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, drying rack, storage cabinets, ink rollers, 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. The Print Matrix
    1. Print matrix for relief printing (Lec)
    2. Planning a relief print (Lab)
    3. Embossing (Lab)
    4. Wood blocks (Lab)
    5. Linoleum blocks (Lab)
    6. Collagraph blocks or plates (Lab)
    7. Carving tools (Lab)
    8. Transferring a prepared image to the block (Lab)
  2. Paper & Ink
    1. Paper & Ink (Lec)
    2. Choosing paper & substrates (Lab)
    3. Preparing and handling paper & substrates (Lab)
    4. Printing on paper & substrates. (Lab)
  3. Ink
    1. Oil base ink (Lab)
    2. Water base ink (Lab)
    3. Mono printing pigments (Lab)
  4. Printing
    1. Printing the block (Lec)
    2. Hand printing (Lab)
    3. Press printing (Lab)
    4. Registration (Lab)
    5. Multi-color printing from one block (Lab)
    6. Multi-color printing from multiple blocks (Lab)
  5. Curating Prints
    1. Curating (Lec)
    2. Curating prints and print editions (Lab)
    3. Matting prints for exhibition (Lab)
    4. Portfolio presentation (Lab)
  6. Image Creation
    1. Subject matter, content, form (composition), context and technique (Lec)
    2. Idea development and sketching (Lab)
    3. Research and planning (Lab)
  7. Critique and presentation
    1. presenting works of art for peer review (Lab)
    2. evaluation of content, context, form and technique (Lab)
  8. History
    1. History of printmaking and relief printing (Lec)
    2. Contributions by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds (Lec)
  9. 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)
  10. 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 prints produced. Evaluation of each project is determined by how completely it fulfills the parameters and goals of the assignment.
  2. Participation in group discussions and critiques.
  3. Reading, research & writing assignments.

Representative Text(s) -
Clemson, Katie and Rosemary Simmons. The Complete Manual of Relief Printmaking. Westminister, MD: Alfred a Knopf Inc, 1990.

This textbook is twenty years old and remains the best textbook for this course. The technology of relief printing has not changed significantly in the last forty years. Research has demonstrated that another text as suitable as this has not entered the publishing marketplace.

Disciplines -
Art, Graphic Arts
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.