Advanced Printmaking 2013

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Advanced Printmaking Jenny Schmid

It is an exciting time to make prints, with new media being introduced and traditional media experiencing a renaissance. This class assumes an understanding of the basic traditional media in printmaking and is oriented towards exploring the most current manifestations of our community and practice while pushing the boundaries of the medium.

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. Many students have continued on from this course to start print studios (Recess Press), organize exchanges, receive competitive grants (Jerome Grant, Fulbright Grant, etc.) and get accepted to highly competitive M.F.A. programs (UT Knoxville, UGA, Syracuse, Arizona State University, SAIC, etc.).

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. For those participating in a senior project, you are expected to work beyond the requirements for this exhibition. Graduate students can work more freely and are asked to incorporate print media into their work and participate in critiques.

Your grade is based on the following:
Portfolio: 50%
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. Please email Terez to join the mailing list and join the bohemian press facebook page for updates. The Southern Graphics Conference is in Milwaukee this year, many will be going and it is essential! First bopress meeting: Thursday at noon!

We will be doing a print exchange portfolio with Erika Adams' graduate students at Concordia in Montreal, Canada and will work with them to form a theme/size for the exchange.

Although this class is pretty open, you will be asked to make a combined media print and there may be other media requirements, but you are mainly 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 (collaboration, monoprinting, polyester plates, stencils, etc.)
Part III: New manifestations (printstallation, site-specific works, interventions)

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 (friendly, cheap, good for ordering in bulk)

Print-Related Events/Resources
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Art Formally Known as Prints Winter HP Co-op Artists Exhibition
December 7 - January 26, 2013

PRINT PROFS: Recent Work by MN Faculty February 8 - April 6, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Some community/alumni presses:
Highpoint Center for Printmaking- currently has a members' show
Leg Up studio (on FB)
Recess Press and on FB
Minnesota Center for Book Arts