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Shirley E. Scheier
ART 450
Seattle Campus

Individual Projects in Printmaking

Individual media study within the context of group discussion and critique.

Class description

Group meetings one day per week at 9:30. Individual assistance during remainder of class period. ART 450 is for School of Art seniors and juniors exploring self-initiated subject matter using previous course work in printmaking and drawing, including: monotype and other transfer drawing methods, intaglio, relief printing (linocut, woodcut), artist hand made books, and both traditional and alternative approaches to drawing. The course provides group discussion and individual critiques for developing imagery resulting in focused portfolio of work. A specific pre- requisite is not necessary for junior and senior Studio Art majors. Previous printmaking enrollment as another college, or any one of the printmaking classes offered at UW. Due to limitations of the workshop, silkscreen printing is not a possibility for ART 450.

Student learning goals

Students will assemble a professional works-on-paper and printmaking portfolio, with artist presentation. Students will gain knowledge regarding preparation for possible application for grants, graduate school, gallery exhibition, or admittance into a printmaking workshop cooperative.

Students will utilize the 10 weeks exploring a focused body of work. The assembly of works-on-paper will be thematically cohesive and/or a consistent methodology.

The primary focus of the course is methods for visual research and image development relative to content, concept, and subject matter

Various technical demonstrations, including multi-matrix printing and registration (color block printing or color etchings)

Students will learn of professional resources for future studio, future study, materials, and equipment.

General method of instruction

Instruction occurs during individual critique, lectures, group discussion. Technical demonstration for Spring 2014 will be scheduled at 9:30-11am one day per week. Individual critiques by sign-up or drop-in on other day.

Recommended preparation

Students who love to draw and develop images on paper with a variety of materials will benefit from this course. Students must be able to self-direct initial drawing and subject matter.

Class assignments and grading

A unified portfolio of a consistent focus with an artist statement. Visual research, such as sketching and collage, and development of resource sketchbook

Professional participation in the workshop, group discussions, development of critical visual thinking, and final portfolio. Grading occurs throughout the quarter in response to: Primarily, an ability to commit, focus, and develop a unified portfolio. Quality of preparatory working proofs and sketches. Ability to transfer drawing and visual structure into printmaking or monotype, quality of completed prints and/or drawings, progress with compositional, craftsmanship, participation in group and individual discussions. Ability to use printmaking as a discipline of discovery rather than a method of reproduction.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Shirley E. Scheier
Date: 01/27/2014