ART327Fall18 Syllabus


  1. Drypoint; small and large plate
  2. Masking tape collagraph
  3. Solarplate
  4. Zinc etch
  5. Aquatint
  6. Collagraph
  7. Mixed media
  8. Resource Journal-all semester (Spark or notebook)

Course outline:

Week 1 August 28, 30: Drypoint

Tuesday: Syllabus, introduction to print processes: intaglio, relief, offset and screen print. Demo on beveling plate edges and drypoint tools. Prepare drawing for next class.

Thursday: Printing demo; printing template, paper tearing/soaking, applying ink, wiping plate, press pressure and printing. Take larger plate and work on idea for drawing over weekend.

Week 2 September 4, 6: Drypoint/collagraph

Tuesday: Demo on Adobe Spark. Look at first prints. Discussion on editions.

Thursday: Work on large intaglio. Color demo…ala poupee

First topics to add to Journal:

  • Your first project. Photos or scans of plate, art, any process shots. Notes on process that are helpful to you. Press pressure, printing steps, etc. Any way you want to present it.
  • Research an artist or two from the list in your syllabus. Include a few samples of their work and make a note what they are famous for. Start with historical ones like Durer and Rembrandt.
  • Explain the 4 different printing processes
  • Define these terms from your syllabus:
    • scraper
    • burnisher
    • bevel
    • drypoint
    • tarlatan
    • a la poupee
    • state
    • editioning

Week 3 September 11, 13: Drypoint/Solar plate

Tuesday: Finish edition of 5 for black and white large drypoint. Work on one good print including color using a la poupee.

Thursday: Finish prints. Turn in edition of 5 in Black and White and one Color for next Tuesday.

Week 4 September 18, 20: Solar plate

Tuesday: Class print review. Masking tape collagraph. Make 5, not edition. Aim for variety.

  • Final drypoint print and notes of process. Comment on successes and any “I wish I could have…”
  • Terms: Solar plate, proofs (AP, TP, EV)
  • Printmaker lookup: Jim Dine, Picasso


Add to Journal: Solar plate process notes and your work process; Papermaking

Week 5 September 25, 27: Solar plate

Tuesday: Papermaking ;

Finish masking tape prints.

Introduction to solar plate. Demo on image set up, transparency, exposure and wash out. Dan Welden has Youtube instructional videos. You can also buy from Dick Blick.

Thursday: Demo 2 color and registration. Expose plates, print. Edition of 5. Plus 1 artist proof with 2 color plate.

Add to Journal: Your final making tape print with discussion of results

Week 6 October 2, 4: Solar

Tuesday: Work on plates.

Thursday: Finish solar. Zinc demo: hard ground. Prep plates, polish, coat.

Add to Journal: Your final print with discussion of results

Week 7 October 9, 11: solar plates


Thursday: finish up solar

Add to Journal: Collagraph 

Week 8 October 18:

Fall break on Tuesday, October 16

Thursday: Class review of solar etching editions. New project: Collagraph

Week 9 October 23, 25 Aquatint/Collagraph

Tuesday: Collagraph

Thursday: Zinc demo; file zinc plate edges; collagraph

Week 10 October 30, November 1  Zinc

Tuesday: Zinc. Edition of 10.

Thursday: collagraph plate review; work on zinc

Week 11 November 6, 8 Zinc, chin colle

Tuesday: Zinc aquatint/mezzotint demo

Thursday: finish Zinc

Week 12 November 13, 15 Mixed media

Tuesday: Review Zinc edition;
Project: your choice of media (drypoint, solar, zinc, collagraph, aquatint or combination); edition of 5 plus two AP

Thursday: mixed media

Week 13 20 and Thanksgiving: no class

Week 14 November 27, 29 Mixed media

Week 15 December 4, 6 Mixed media

Spark Learning Journal due for final exam week