Printmaking

  • Printmaking is a class for students interested in fine art, fashion, and/ or design. Students will learn to make multiple prints (or copies of your image) onto paper and fabric to create works of art as well as wearable pieces. Carve rubber and linoleum, etch plates, screen print, create mono prints, and try a variety of other experimental techniques. No prerequisite is required for Printmaking I and all levels of art ability are welcome. In Printmaking II, III and IV more explorative and experimental approaches to the above processes will be stressed. Evaluation is based on effort and progress.

    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:

    • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
    • How do elements and principles facilitate the creative process?
    • How do you skill and technique enable the creative process?
    • How do we use critique to inform our art?

    Course Academic Vocabulary:

    • Composition
    • Line
    • Form
    • Shading
    • Opaque
    • Transparent
    • Edition
    • Tools used (brayer, screen, emulsion, etc.)
    • Printmaking processes covered (see units of study)

    Course Units / Topics of Study:

    • Monoprint
    • Stencil
    • Screen Print
    • Relief Print
    • Paper Lithography
    • Intaglio
    • Image Transfer
    • Mixed Media/Experimental Work