Welcome to printmaking! This course is so much fun to teach because every print that comes off the press is a surprise, and every student is able to be successful. Printmaking is a great process for both serious artists and beginners. We will learn several techniques this semester and you will also become better creative thinkers which will help you in all your future artistic endeavors.
First Day Survey Please click here to go to a survey that will allow me to get to know each of you better!
Choose an Image From the books in the classroom, choose a 2D image that appeals to you. Take a high quality photograph and include it in a Google doc with the following information: 1. The artist’s name, the title of the work, medium (what is it made of), dimensions, and date. 2. What appeals to you about this image? Why did you choose it? Submit in google classroom.
What IS printmaking? From wikipedia, the definition of printmaking is: "...the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of a same piece, which is called a print."
Watch the video from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) linked below for a brief introduction to different printmaking processes.
Artists react and respond to the world around them through the development of a creative process that informs their artwork.
Artists create work through an investigative process that involves research and experimentation.
How do artists generate ideas and respond to the world in the creation of artwork?
What are the stages of development in the creation of a work of art?
Students will be able to describe the creative process and apply it to the creation of their artwork.
Students will be able to plan ahead and visualize to achieve the desired outcome in a multi-step process based artwork.
Relief: The image is printed from ink on the surface of wood, linoleum, or other flat surface. Nonprinting areas have been cut away.
Reduction: When one block is printed several times, removing a portion and changing color each time (working from lightest to darkest and registration is critical)
Unit 3 - Drypoint
Unit 4 - Collograph
Portfolio: 80% of grade
Studio Conduct: 20% of grade
Important Grading Notes from the Student Handbook:
Final Exams & Seniors: Students will take semester and final exams when scheduled to do so. Seniors may be exempt from the semester exams in January and May at the teachers’ discretion if the student achieved a minimum grade of an A- for the two quarters in the semester.
Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given to a student who has unfinished course requirements because of extenuating factors such as protracted period(s) of illness. It is expected that the incomplete work be completed within ten (10) days after the close of a marking period; however, should a waiver be needed for extended time, the student should contact the Vice-Principal who will discuss the matter with the department head involved. If the work is not completed within the specified time (includes waiver where granted), the incomplete grade will become an F; otherwise the teacher will report a regular grade.
Sports Eligibility: Natick High School requires that students receive a minimum passing grade of D- or above at the close of the marking period (end of each term) prior to the beginning of a season and during said season.
To be successful...
Be engaged in printmaking activities. Never use this class as a study hall - this is your time to focus on being creative and with printmaking you can make infinite variations, so you are never “done”.
No food + drink on tables. (If you need a small snack, like a granola bar, eat it quickly and discreetly while I take attendance).
Cell phones + Computers put away (except when I ask students to use them)
Music - headphones may be ok only during extended studio time, and only if cell phones can still be put away - have a playlist set up so you aren’t using your phone to change songs. Use common sense to be respectful and I get the final say on headphone use.
Clean up: Your table is your team - work together to keep buckets organized and tables wiped. Messy tables/buckets = loss of points for the whole team.
Equipment: Please make every effort to keep all shared tools clean and in good condition
Respect other’s belongings and work. (Be careful not to damage work in shared spaces or create a mess that makes it hard to share the work space)
Be kind: avoid negative gossip and be your best self.