This course will focus on hand carving and hand printing large-scale woodcuts. Basic one-color printing will be introduced as will a variety of mark-making tools. From there the class will explore editioned and unique color prints made from multiple blocks as well as jigsaw woodcuts. The focus on hand printing will ensure students can explore and continue working in this medium even when they lack direct access to presses.
In this interdisciplinary course, students will attend to all aspects of creating books: not writing alone, as if the physical book happened automatically, or bookmaking alone, as if the text of the book took care of itself. We will study poetry and poetry writing as a creative writing class would and bookmaking as a book arts class would, but with an ongoing dialogue between the two components, and with a student’s own book as the shared goal integrating the disciplines.
Open to students from all departments, this elective develops skills including advanced image creation and editing, multimedia project development and introductory Web design for visual artists utilizing visually oriented software. The instructor will customize assignments according to each student’s imagery and concepts, technical interests and professional aspirations. A basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop will be helpful but is not required. An enthusiasm for tapping the infinite ways digital technology can help the visual artist develop everything from preparatory sketches for paintings to promotional or conceptual Web sites is strongly encouraged.
Students in all departments can benefit from exploring the translation of their ideas and images to an intermediary matrix. The process of transferring an image from one surface to another will open artists up to new means of generating ideas and imagery. Emphasis will be placed on alternative printmaking technologies that reduce the toxins to which the artist is exposed and increase the likelihood that the artist will be able to continue working in these media without direct access to extensive equipment. Drypoint etchings, water-based monotype and block printing will form the core of the course, and explorations will follow from there and may include book structures.
Students new to lithography will begin drawing on aluminum plates to create black and white prints and then move to working on limestone. Both media allow linear as well as painterly marks. Demonstrations will include color lithography and multiple plate printing. Students will edition prints as well as create mono-prints, utilizing at least one lithographic matrix. Experimentation and combination with other media will be encouraged.
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