Printmaking for the Graphic Designer

Download the syllabus: art418-printmaking-for-the-gd

Assignment Summary:

Assignment 1&2: Letterpress: poem/small type & Papermaking

Assignments 3&4: Relief: Linocut, gel plates

Assignment 5: Letterpress broadside/poster: at least 2 color

Assignment 6: Screen print textile: t-shirt , tote, patch, apparel, etc. (1 color)

Assignment 7: Screen print poster (at least 2 colors, 5 copies)

Assignment 8: Flag book and polymer plates/solar plates

Assignment 9: Final project of choice

Final exam: May 1 First Friday exhibit

Assignments are subject to change.

Week 1: Letterpress & Papermaking

Wednesday, 1/16

Introduction, Syllabus, Course Outline

Project 1: Letterpress literary quote or poem; pick from below. Lock up demo. Start setting type.


We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. ― W. Somerset Maugham

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. — Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Week 2: Letterpress & Papermaking

Monday, 1/21 MLK day-no class

Project 2: Papermaking; make paper for your poem

Continue to work on poem; you will print an edition of 5; printing demo

Wednesday, 1/23

Finish printing. Continue to make paper for later projects. Keep your lock up.

Week 3: Relief printing

Monday, 1/28

Quick crit of poem edition

Project 3: Linocut and gel plates. Create an image to go with your poem.

Wednesday, 1/30

Demo on transferring images to linoleum. Start work on lino cut

More gel plate monoprinting; make 5 more by end of class

Week 4: Relief printing
Monday, 2/4:
Edition of 10 linocut with your type lockup.

Wednesday, 2/6:  Finish edition.

Project 4: Gel plate monoprinting demo: 5 prints by end of class

Week 5: Letterpress broadsides

Monday, 2/11 Finish linocut and make 5 gel monoprints

Project 5: Letterpress broadside (wood type) inspired by Rachel Carson; 2 color, edition of at least 5 (I keep one). Incorporate linocut or monoprinting with your type.

lecture: Hatch Show Print;

Wednesday, 2/13

Crit of lino cut. Look at monoprints.
letterpress documentary
Demo on on pressure printing

letterpress printer artists: (formerly Yeehaw)

Week 6: Letterpress broadsides

Monday, 2/18 Print posters; demo on press/registration

Trip to The Workshop to find type for project
William Page Chromatic Type:

Wednesday, 2/20 poster printing; 5 more gel monoprints

Week 7: Letterpress/Screen printing

Monday, 2/25  Finish poster
Project 6: introduction of next project screen printing: t-shirt/tote/textile;

Wednesday, 2/27 Poster
printing demo

Week 8: Letterpress/Screen printing

Monday, 3/4 finish printing poster; (late start, snow)

Wednesday, 3/6 finish printing poste

Week 9: Spring Break March 9-17

Week 10: Screen printing

Monday, 3/18 screen printing

  • image file setup; bring designs and shirts next class
  • select screen; coating screens
  • photo exposure demo
  • demo on hand cut stencil printing;
  • Buying your own screens: Pocono Screen Supply

Wednesday, 3/20 crit poster
work on textile screen prints

Monday, 3/25 crit textile; poster

Week 11: Screen printing
Project 7: Screen print poster, multiple color; edition of

Wednesday, 3/27 poster
trapping and registration

Week 12: Screen print

Monday, 4/1 poster

finish poster

Wednesday, 4/3 Crit poster

Project 8: flag book and polymer plates lecture; prototype flag book

Week 13: Flag Book

Monday, 4/8 Flag Book

Wednesday, 4/10
Final project introduction; due last day of class

Week 14: Flag book

Monday, 4/15 Finish flag book

Wednesday, 4/17 Flag book crit; work on final project

Week 15: Final project

Monday, 4/22 no classes/Easter break

Wednesday, 4/24

Week 16: Final Project

Monday, 4/29

Wednesday, 5/1 hang exhibit at Workshop

First Friday Exhibit May 3

May 6: Last day of class: Final crit

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s