Printmaking I

Course Number: ART 270
Transcript Title: Printmaking I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 10, 2016
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Explores printmaking processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Develops creative problem solving by utilizing monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes. Includes critiques, discussions, and presentations to establish critical skills necessary to evaluate prints, explore artistic intent, examine aesthetic and structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Find and develop creative ways to solve problems using a variety of strategies for making prints by utilizing monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes.
  2. Create personal hand-printed artwork, which demonstrate an introductory level of understanding printmaking ideas, and the processes, materials, and techniques associated with monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes in printmaking.
  3. Ask meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and develop a basic vocabulary to be able to actively participate in a critical dialogue about printmaking with others.
  4. Understand, interpret, and enjoy prints of the past and the present from different cultures to initiate a lifelong process of expanding knowledge on the diversity of perspectives of the human experience.
  5. Apply a heightened awareness of the physical world, the nature of the relationship of human beings to it, and our impact on it via the experience of making prints.
  6. Use self-critiquing skills to develop autonomous expression through printmaking while recognizing the standards and definitions already established by both contemporary and historical works of art from different cultures.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

Minimally 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)


3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students are expected to:

  1. Actively participate in class discussions and projects.
  2. Complete and present individual assignments for critique.
  3. Demonstrate sound technique in printing and studio habits.
  4. Complete all homework on time.
  5. Prepare a portfolio for presentation.
  6. Take an active role in critiques.

Course Activities and Design

Hands-on printmaking, writing, group discussions, group critiques, oral presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Visual awareness and ability to see.
  2. Methodologies for designing and creating a print in media which may include monotype, relief print and intaglio.
  3. Challenges to visualization inherent in printmaking.
  4. Language of printmaking and the qualities that distinguish it from other graphic media.
  5. Printmaking in history.
  6. Options and possibilities for original work.
  7. Evaluating prints.
  8. Safety.
  9. Environmental concerns related to proper disposal of waste.
  10. Non-traditional media and combined techniques (e.g., collotype, collage, hybrid prints, digital imagery).


  1. Monotype: effectively use ink rollers and subtractive tools; use brush and ink and other tools for the application of ink; explore possibilities for multiple passes with roller and multiple passes with the plate.
  2. Relief: demonstrate various techniques for transferring drawings to the plate; become familiar with the different qualities of carving surfaces; exercise safe and effective use of carving tools (knives, gouges, etc.) and maintain tools; successfully demonstrate various relief print techniques such as reduction, multiple block prints, etc.
  3. Intaglio: demonstrate sound techniques for dry or non-acid intaglio processes such as drypoint and solar plate etching; properly prepare plate for etching (beveling, filing, coating); demonstrate sound procedures for effective biting, inking, wiping and pulling of plates.
  4. Demonstrate ability to successfully ink a plate: roller choices and techniques for multiple layering.
  5. Investigate process and alternative solutions through other print states or reworked proofs.
  6. Demonstrate sound printmaking techniques: wiping, carving, registration, general presentation and notation.
  7. Understand how to select the most effective presentation for a particular image.
  8. Demonstrate familiarity with historical styles by comparing prints to those of other periods.