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PR 209 Topics in Print: Focus on Artists' Books

The book as an art form in and of itself is a time-honored format currently enjoying a lively renaissance. During this course, participants will experiment with incorporating what currently engages them in the studio into the book format .Through demonstrations of traditional bindings and guided, hands-on studio time, we will explore, exploit and experiment with the idea of the book as a container for images, objects, words, ideas and more. Regular group critiques of work will focus on examining the intricacies of issues such as pacing, sequencing, time, and memory, as well as the undeniable sensual qualities of a book: its feel, sound and smell. Emphasis will be on personal interpretations and pinpointing the appropriate materials and format to support the content of the piece.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: PR100 Not open to first year students

PR 100 Intro to Printmaking Techniques

This course is an introduction to basic printmaking techniques, including mono-print, intaglio (etching), stone lithography, and relief printing, using an experimental approach to the graphic media. Emphasis is on investigating visual structures, color, design, and drawing, by means of the print process. The class provides an introduction to the breadth of printmaking media, and positions the student to take a higher level elective in the following semester.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

PR 150 Mono-print / Monotype

The monotype is a unique print made in a variety of ways with a variety of media.  The monotype's capacity to absorb and conform to each artist's working methods, media demands and image requirements has made this technically simple print a favorite means for artists of all disciplines to explore and develop new imagery and working processes.  This one semester course will emphasize the development of each student's imagery within the context of utilizing additive, subtractive, layering, transfer and sequential processes. Dry media, oil and water base media and photographic based media will be used.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

PR 208 Juxtaposition, Sequence & Seriality

Students will combine old and new printmaking technologies to explore how found and created images, marks and text interrelate and forward (or thwart) intended meanings through position, layering, repetition and variation. Assignments will include creating sequential prints that utilize different stages of the same plate/block, as with stage biting or reductive woodcut.  Students will create series of prints using large format ink-jet printing, both as means of final output as well as developing chine collé papers and additional material to be otherwise printed and layered upon.  After a brief exercise through which students will develop a series of digital images through “fileting” works in any 2-D media, students will begin or continue to develop a visual vocabulary, amassing a collection of images that will inform their work throughout the semester.  Students will consider audience and how display influences reception of serial and sequential work.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite:  At least one course in printmaking as well as FN 101.

PR 301-302 / 401-402 Printmaking Majors Studio

The Print Major Studio course focuses on making and process.  Students produce a large body of independent and consistent work using any print media. Student work is refined through a rigorous critique process and individual studio meetings with faculty. Visiting artist lectures, response papers, and class discussions of lectures, will complement the class.  Students are required to attend all visiting artist lectures.  Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: Two (2) 100 or 200 level classes in the first 2 years.

PR 305 Pixels to Ink

This course explores techniques for bringing photographic and digital imagery into traditional printmaking media. It first focuses on technical demonstrations and understanding the mechanics of Photoshop as it relates to printmaking media such as silkscreen and photo-intaglio. Through directed readings and projects on contemporary print, students assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of hand printing vs. digital output as applied to specific projects and ideas. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: NM 101/FN 101 or equivalent digital imaging experience, PR100, or any 200 level print elective. Required course for Junior print majors.

PR 351 Introduction to the Discipline

Students work independently to refine and develop their personal imagery and content, identify and establish studio practices, and research strategies. Students develop the skills and acquire the knowledge to critically position their work within the larger historical and conceptual framework that defines print. These course objectives are covered through readings, topical seminars, and thematic studio assignments, including writing assignments and presentations. Individual studio meetings, and field trips to Boston, New York, and other locations, assist students in defining their interests and goals. Visiting artist workshops and collaborative projects allow students to broaden their range of technical skills and expand their definition of printed art forms.  Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week.  Prerequisite: Two (2) 100 or 200 level classes in the first 2 years.