Print Version

Effective: Summer 2017

Advisory: Advisory: ART 4A and 5A; this course is included in the Printmaking family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in ART 69, GID 38 or GRDS 69.
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)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will learn various printing processes including relief, intaglio, screenprinting, and monoprinting.
  • Students will utilize the principals of design while creating limited-edition one of a kind fine art prints.
Description -
Introduction to the printmaking processes of relief, intaglio, screenprinting and monoprinting. Theory and practice making 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 for relief (woodcut, linoleum block), intaglio (etching), stencil (screenprint) and monoprinting print processes.
  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.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. General facilities: sink, work tables, storage cabinets, press, etching tank, screens and bases, print drying rack, vacuum exposing unit, darkroom facilities.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Monotypes and monoprints
    1. Tools and materials (Lec)
    2. Preparing the print matrix (Lab)
    3. Printing (Lab)
    4. Curating (Lab)
  2. Relief: block printing
    1. Tools and materials (Lec)
    2. Preparing the print matrix (Lab)
    3. Printing (Lab)
    4. Curating (Lab)
  3. Etching & Intaglio
    1. Tools and materials (Lec)
    2. Preparing the print matrix (Lab)
    3. Printing (Lab)
    4. Curating (Lab)
  4. Screenprint
    1. Tools and materials (Lec)
    2. Preparing the print matrix (Lab)
    3. Printing (Lab)
    4. Curating (Lab)
  5. Edition Printing
    1. Limited editions (Lec)
    2. One-of-a-kind prints and monoprints (Lec)
    3. Signing, numbering and curating prints (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 (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) -
Ross, John, Clare Romano, and Tim Ross. The Complete Printmaker. New York, NY: The Free Press, 1990.

This textbook is from 1990 but remains the most relevant textbook for this course. The technology of printmaking has not significantly changed in the last 20 years.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of printmaking.
  2. In-class reading of printmaking texts by the instructor and students followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
  3. Group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
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. Reading assignments from assigned textbook.
  2. Reading of handouts.
  3. Reading of internet research sites.
  4. Writing about art projects.
  5. Writing portfolio and artist's statement.