Introduction to Printmaking
Term: Fall Semester 2020, September 8–January 21
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Kim Williams
New Placement Process: Click to Read
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
This course is designed to deliver a first exposure to the process of printmaking: understanding what it is as an art form and how artists have practiced it in history. Through personal instruction, demonstrations, and exercises, students will learn a range of printmaking techniques for making visual work through transfer methods, largely working with relief printing. We will start simple and build to the more complicated production of a multicolored reduction print. Specifically, students will learn the best drawing techniques for printing, how to transfer designs to the block, carve to obtain heightened contrasts and mid-tones, and how to hand-pull prints and make an edition of prints. Our studio time together will be a balance of delightful exploration, opportunities for thoughtful visual interpretation/expression, and careful attention to craftmanship that strives toward finished, exhibit-ready works of art. Students will be encouraged to practice exercises taught in class and may need to finish exercises not completed during class time. However, students should not work ahead on extended projects between classes unless instructed to do so.
Along with hands-on studio work, students will participate in regular class critiques, creating a forum for the group to constructively collaborate and discuss creative outcomes. Individual “artist idea statements” will be required with most finished pieces of work, giving students another opportunity to articulate their interpretive intent and their understanding of process and design concepts.
Offering work for public exhibition is an important part of the creative process. It is our hope that we will be able to display work from this class to each other and the broader SA community through an online/webpage gallery.
Students can also expect ongoing dialogues about art in history, the Christian imagination in relationship to faith and the arts, and the role of the arts in the Church. The hope of the instructor is that through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative love of its Maker.
Students will be encouraged to:
- Experience and control a variety of print media processes, including suspension, mono-type printing, relief carving, reduction printing, and collagraph
- Learn and practice safe and responsible use of art media, equipment, and studio space
- Explore and develop personal concepts in creative expression
- Create engaging compositions using art elements, including line, value, texture, space, shape, form, and depth
- Develop and utilize specialized vocabulary in relationship to printmaking and visual art
- Engage in collaborative discussion that enhances understanding of their work as well as the work of others
Student Conduct Expectations
Students will be encouraged to:
- Care for themselves, their peers, and their supplies as stewards of God’s creation (be and do the good)
- Inquire into the discipline, asking questions in order to arrive at the truth (seek the truth)
- Reflect upon and pursue excellence in order to make good use of their gifts (make the beautiful)
The instructor will be providing rich and robust feedback/critique constantly, but the class is ungraded and parents can make the final decision about what grade to assign to the course. To aid in that process, the following grades can be assigned to the student’s level of achievement: magna cum laude (with great praise), cum laude (with praise), satis (sufficient), and non satis (not sufficient).
Ideally, every average student working diligently should do praiseworthy work (cum laude). Those who excel beyond this expectation will be the magna cum laude students. Students who do adequate but not praiseworthy work will be designated satis. Non satis means lacking sufficiency or adequacy.
Rising 7th–12th graders: Prior printmaking experience is not necessary for this course. Students will cycle through basic transfer techniques and build more complicated printing methods. A sense of wonder, creative courage, and perseverance are beneficial postures for flourishing in this course.
Please note: This course requires students to use sharp carving tools.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
Sample Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
*Required Supply List:
- Any 8 x 10 sketchbook, for sketching ideas. If you already have one, that will do!
- Set of carving tools
- 4-inch soft rubber brayer
- Speedball printmaking ink, set of 4
- Speedball printmaking ink, black
- Speedball printmaking ink, white (optional)
- Printmaking paper: you’re probably going to need 2 pads of these (could buy one to start)
- Inovart printfoam: whatever pack is least expensive
- Soft-Kut linoleum blocks: 2/4 x 6 and 2 of a larger size, not over 12 x 12. Note: The larger the size, the harder it is to hand-pull and the more ink it takes!
*Required supplies not included in course purchase
Kim Williams is trained as both artist and educator, holding a Bachelor of Science in art education and an Associate Degree in Christian education. She has taught in many contexts, including elementary, middle and high schools, daycare centers, and in parish ministry. For 7 years she taught at Cair Paravel Latin School, a private classical Christian school, where she designed the K–6 art curriculum and developed a passion for classical education and writing curriculum. She currently teaches 6th and 7th grade art at Delaware County Christian School and adults through preschoolers at the Wayne Art Center, both in Pennsylvania. When not teaching others, Kim turns to one of the several mediums she has used over the years for her own art, from oil paint to charcoal, pastels to printmaking. She and her family reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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