We will begin with photo lithography and other demonstrations of advanced techniques, particularly those that integrate digital and mixed media processes. We will also read about and look at images that expand printmaking practices and its role in contemporary discussions of art. Although you are asked to incorporate print media in some way, your approach may be very open and the readings and discussions will also be expansive.
This class will allow you the freedom to pursue your work with critical feedback and concepts to facilitate the deepening of your ideas and techniques. You are expected to be very motivated and open your mind in order to take a risk with your work, push yourself to gain technical proficiency and give critical feedback to your fellow students. Critiques are essential to Advanced Printmaking, and they can go on for days.... We will begin by looking at the work of each student in the class and give feedback on the directions they might consider, from technique and media to concept and content.
Students are encouraged to be engaged in the print community and to build their experience by applying for competitions, helping with visiting artist print projects, attending a print conference or organizing an exhibit. We should also plan a group project or exchange.
Undergraduates are expected to be working in your own direction, but with some requirements that are designed to challenge and inspire. Undergraduates will be graded on a mid-term and final portfolio. Graduate students can work more freely and are simply expected to have an incredible work ethic, be present and active in class and make work to show in critique that blows our collective minds. For those participating in a senior project, you are expected to work beyond the requirements for this exhibition.
Your grade is based on the following:
Evolutionary Abilities (taking risks and responding to suggestions) 20%
Critique/Reading Discussion Participation, Community participation: 20%
Shop Etiquette and Safety (This includes protecting yourself): 10%
You are expected to be in class and on time- more than 3 absences will drop your grade. Critiques are like tests: You must be present to get credit and you must participate.
You are asked to apply to one juried print competition or exhibition, please get on the bohemian press email list to receive notification.
Although this class is pretty open, you will be asked to make a photolitho print and there may be other media requirements, but you are mostly asked to work in your own direction. Content is up to you and you are encouraged to work in a series. A final portfolio should contain minimally 5 considered works, with multiple layers or (depending on media) an involved installation or multi-media piece with an equivalent amount of work. You should be self-motivated and working all the time, having new completed work for each critique.
Today: syllabus, supplies, drawer assignment, shop tour and safety review, look at and be inspired by prints, upcoming events, photo-litho handout
You will be given one free 30" x 40" photo litho plate and asked to make minimally a two layer print. Please get a stabilo Aquarellable pencil, some frosted mylar and any other drawing materials you will need for Tuesday. (Some other pencils may work, but these are the best in my experience, available at Wet Paint and maybe other stores). Papers to print on include Arches, Rives, Somerset, or any Western rag paper.
For Thursday: Please bring 3 of your most successful works, either in digital or live format, two of which should incorporate printmaking and be ready to talk about them! Have supplies for photo-litho by Tuesday!!!
Course Outline (a more thorough schedule will be given for each section)
Part I: Photo/Digital Mechanical Photolitho and Digital Chine colle, integrating print media
Part II: Alternative Methods (monoprinting, polyester plates, stencils, etc.)
Part III: New manifestations (printstallation, print-sculpture, animation)
Supplies: Get set up ASAP, ask if you have any questions
Wet Paint 1684 Grand Ave, St. Paul (amazing array of papers)
Utrecht Art Supplies 1601 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis (good prices on 25 packs of Rives or Arches)
Art Materials 2728 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
MCAD art supply store
Takach Paper (good for ordering in bulk)
Currently on exhibit: Drew Peterson @ the Burnet Gallery at Chambers Hotel- go see it!
End of January- works due for bohemian press valentines show
February 1st Oso Bay North American Print Competition, juried by Bill Fick and Tom Huck
February 14th: bohemian press student and Alumni Show opens in Quarter Gallery
Laura Berman (KCAI) talks to class http://www.laurabermanprojects.com/
March 14-18th SGCI Conference in New Orleans, bohemian press attending
Some community/alumni presses:
Highpoint Center for Printmaking- currently has a members' show (U Alumni work there!)
Leg Up studio (on FB)
Recess Press http://recesspresscollective.com/ and on FB (U Alumni, recently opened!)