Basic Printmaking

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Assignment Summary:

Assignment 1: Linoleum cut
Assignment 2: Paper making
Assignment 3: Woodcut
Assignment 4: Key block color (linoleum or woodcut)
Assignment 5: Monoprints with gel plates
Assignment 6: Letterpress, blind emboss
Assignment 7: Collagraph
Assignment 9: Small book; choice of process

  • One black and white project will be editioned; minimum 5 prints
  • One color project will be editioned; minimum 5 prints
  • extra credit: design and 3D print your own chop
  • Resource journal: book or Spark page

Week 1: Linocut & Papermaking
Thursday, 1/17: Introduction, Syllabus, Course Outline; Lecture on relief printing; Demo on transferring images and cutting.
Introduction to Project 1 Linocut

Artists to look at:

MC Escher


contemporary examples:

Week 2: Linocut & Papermaking
Tuesday, 1/22
Continue to work on linocut. Papermaking intro;

Examples of student Spark pages:

Thursday, 1/24 Printing and proofing demo. If there is still pulp, continue to make paper for later projects.

Week 3: Linocut and woodcut
Tuesday, 1/29  
finish up linocut
Thursday, 1/31
Look at proofs. Project 3: Woodcut. Demo on transferring images to wood and cutting.

3 p.m. Frank Basemen gallery talk in Suraci.

Week 4: Woodcut
Tuesday, 2/5:
Woodcut printing demo; print by hand
Thursday, 2/7:  Work on woodcut

Week 5: Woodcut Color
Tuesday, 2/12
Work on woodcut
Look at woodcut proofs. Project 4: key block color (lino or wood); lecture on color separation

Thursday, 2/14 Color
color registration demo; work on color project

Week 6: Color
Tuesday, 2/19 color

Thursday, 2/21 look at proofs; discussion of 3D printing plates. optional: design and print your own chop

Week 7: Monoprints
Tuesday, 2/26 Look at color proofs.

Project 5: gel plate monoprints; print 10
Thursday, 2/28 gel plate monoprints; print 1

Week 8: Letterpress
Tuesday, 3/5  Look at gel prints.

Project 6: Letterpress; lock up demo; print demo
Quiz 1 due next class

Thurday, 3/7  Blind emboss demo

Week 9: Spring Break March 9-17

Week 10: Letterpress

Tuesday, March 19
letterpress and blind emboss project
Thursday, March 21
finish letterpress

Week 11: Collagraph
Tuesday, 3/26 look at letterpress prints

Project 7: Collagraph; demo
Thursday, 3/28 due

Week 12: Collagraph
Tuesday, 4/2 work on collagraph

Thursday, 4/4 field trip

Ukiyo-E to Shin Hanga (April 2-May 18)
Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Syracuse University Art Collection

Week 13: Final project
Tuesday, 4/9 look at collagraph proof
Final project introduction; due last day of class
Thursday, 4/11 binding/folding demo; review ideas for final project

Week 14: Final project
Tuesday, 4/16 studio

Thursday, 4/18 no classes/Easter break

Week 15: Final project
Tuesday, 4/23 studio

Thursday, 4/25 studio

Week 16: Final Project
Tuesday, 4/29
Quiz 2 due next class
Thursday, 5/2 final crit