This studio course introduces basic printmaking processes and equipment with equal emphasis on concept and technique. Students are introduced to a variety of print media and methods, such as monotype, relief, intaglio and lithography, and various approaches to making and printing plates in each medium. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the medium and to learn good studio habits; safe and responsive handling of tools, materials and grounds; and the knowledge required for basic manipulation of the processes used in the production of a printed image. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100.
PRMK 202 Introduction to Etching
This introductory studio provides an introduction to etching and intaglio processes and the use of these processes to produce a creative graphic image. Students explore a variety of approaches to intaglio printmaking on different plate materials including zinc, copper and Plexiglas. Classes include demonstrations of all processes involved, discussion, and critique of both print content and technical competency. Students are expected to become familiar with the tools, media, processes and history of printmaking. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100, DSGN 101.
PRMK 203 Introduction to Lithography
This course introduces hand lithography including stone and metal plate processes. Drawing media include litho crayon, litho pencil, tusche and ink wash, and the appropriate etching and printing techniques for each. Classes include discussion and critique of print content and concept together with technical skills involved in each phase of the lithography process. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 100.
PRMK 204 Relief Printmaking
This course introduces students to several approaches to relief printmaking and to techniques such as woodcut, linocut, relief etching and wood engraving. Using additive and reductive processes, students work in black-and-white and in color, learning the registration and printing of multiple blocks. Both traditional and experimental approaches are encouraged. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100, DSGN 100.
PRMK 205 Monotype/Mixed Processes
This course investigates combined monotype techniques including both water-based and oil-based media. Registration and printing of black-and-white and color images are demonstrated. Over-printing, stenciling and transfer techniques are explored in both single- and multiple-plate processes. Students working at any level of printmaking, particularly those interested in applying their painting experience to the printed image, may develop their personal imagery by exploring the media involved. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 100.
PRMK 238 Survey of Printmaking
Students in this course are introduced to the rich and varied tradition of printmaking, including woodcuts, engravings, lithographs, silk screening, etchings and other graphic media. From the earliest eastern prints through 21st-century contemporary work on paper, students evaluate movements, trends and relevant developments in both fine art and commercial printmaking and their effects on each other. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
PRMK 301 Intermediate Etching
This course further explores intaglio printmaking with an emphasis on color work and strengthening printing skills. Students learn techniques for producing color prints using single and multiple plate processes, including hand coloring, à la poupée and handmade separations. A balanced outcome between technical and conceptual development is stressed in discussions and critiques. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 202.
PRMK 306 Intermediate Lithography
A further investigation of lithographic printmaking, this course emphasizes color work and strengthening of printing skills. Students learn methods for producing color prints on stone and metal litho plate. Demonstrated techniques include transfer, monotype combinations and the registration and printing of multiple plates. Critiques stress the relationship between conceptual concerns and technical processes. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 203.
PRMK 308 Introduction to Letterpress and the Book Arts
By means of traditional hand typesetting and historic book binding techniques, students experience the sequential nature of the printed page. Through a number of printing/publishing experiments and projects, students gain an understanding of the history of printing type, book formats and fundamental terminology and become familiar with letterpress and other related equipment. Emphasis is placed on typographic design, beginning bookbinding techniques and portfolio construction. Printing techniques focus on relief printing, intaglio and in some cases include lithography. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 200 or PRMK 202 or PRMK 203.
PRMK 311 Serigraphy I
In this course, students learn the basic technical skills of screen printing and investigate the screen print process. They explore methods to link screen printing procedures to the development of their personal work. The course covers the fine art and commercial applications of screen printing in the contemporary art world, including frame construction, registration, multiple color runs, stencil, drawing and digital output application. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100, DSGN 101.
PRMK 317 Intermediate Letterpress and the Book Arts
In the diverse mediums of the contemporary print world, letterpress and the book arts hold a unique area explored by all major artists during their careers. Students engage in sophisticated projects of bookbinding, glue-less stitching and unique constructions that define this area of print. Emphasis is on the sequential design of the book pages and alternative possibilities for conceptualizing the artist book. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 308.
PRMK 320 Monotype Printmaking
Traditionally offered as part of travel study program, this course provides students an opportunity to explore a mix of print processes that address a broad range of ideas, issues and aesthetics in the depiction and development of form. Such processes may be used by a variety of artists, including painters, designers and illustrators. Students may apply drawing or painting experience to the printed image by using the printmaking process to examine and depict a variety of functional forms in black-and-white and color. Prints incorporate sketches and photographs from local settings, including landscape and architectural forms, market items, furnishings and garden settings. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.
PRMK 322 Papermaking
Utilizing traditional Western papermaking and historic book binding techniques as a foundation, students explore the contemporary book arts world. Through a number of papermaking and binding projects, students gain an understanding of the history of paper, book formats, fundamental terminology; and, they become familiar with papermaking and other related equipment. Emphasis is on paper production, beginning bookbinding techniques, artists' books and sculptural paper. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100, DSGN 101.
PRMK 330 Intaglio Printmaking
Traditionally offered as part of travel study program, this course is designed to take advantage of the inspiration of a particular location. Drawing on the rich historical traditions of the intaglio process, students explore etching as a means of recording the natural and built environments. Numerous styles are examined, as well as the various ways etching has been used to depict landscape and architecture. Students experience a variety of approaches to intaglio printmaking on different plate materials including zinc, copper and Plexiglas. Work is done both on-site and from sketchbook drawings completed on field trips. Classes include demonstrations of all processes, discussion and critique of print content and technical competency. Prerequisite(s): By permission of the department chair.
PRMK 340 Installation for Printmaking
Working with prints and found objects that are purposed for "off the wall" and three-dimensional installation, this course explores conceptual notions of the multiple versus the space in which it exists and how this interface is vital to the dialogue between our society and the art world today. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 301 or PRMK 306.
PRMK 350 Special Topics in Printmaking
The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of printmaking and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the topic of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
PRMK 370 Print Media and Book Arts
In the diverse mediums of the contemporary print world, letterpress and the book arts hold a unique area explored by all major artists during their careers. Students engage in sophisticated projects of bookbinding, glue-less stitching and unique constructions that define this area of print. Emphasis is on the sequential design of the book pages and alternative possibilities to conceptualizing the artist book. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 308.
PRMK 375 Advanced Bookmaking: Experimental Structure
The relationship of structure and content in artists' books is further explored in this course. A variety of nontraditional strategies and concepts are covered in depth as students create one-of-a-kind books. Artists' books by contemporary practitioners working in the field are examined and investigated as inspirational touchstones. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 317.
PRMK 401 Photographic and Digital Applications for Printmaking
This course addresses the possibilities that digital applications bring to printmaking. The course examines methods for combining state-of-the-art digital technology with traditional print media including, but not limited to, intaglio and lithography. Demonstrations include scanning input, photo and image manipulation, color separating and output techniques used in making films for photomechanical print processes. This course gives a survey of advanced photographic processes for printmaking. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 200 or PRMK 202 or PRMK 203.
PRMK 404 Advanced Processes in Printmaking I
This advanced-level course investigates contemporary trends in printmaking, including digital and photomechanical processes. Color work is emphasized, combining the use of polymer films and presensitized plates with traditional grounds and techniques. Demonstrated techniques include transfer, positive and negative working plates, and four-color separation. Presswork encompasses the registration and printing of multiple plates and the production of a body of work that displays sound printing expertise and professional practice. The exploration of cross-media applications is encouraged, and students may choose to work in litho, intaglio or both. Students are expected to develop a body of work that articulates an inventive and conceptual use of the printed image and a clear personal vision. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 401.
PRMK 408 Advanced Processes in Printmaking II
This course provides students with focused study on thematically driven work with an emphasis on contemporary print practice and critical dialogue. Students may work in any print medium creating mature images that demonstrate expertise in the process, and issues in collaborative printmaking are explored through hands-on experiences. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 404.
PRMK 411 Serigraphy II
A further investigation of fine art serigraphy, this course emphasizes color work and strengthening printing skills. Students learn and elaborate on color prints, multiple screen registration, monoprinting and blends and multiple matrix prints. A balanced outcome between technical and conceptual development is stressed through discussions and critiques while commercial tools related to planning and equipping a water-based screen-printing studio are addressed. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 311.
PRMK 412 Photogravure
Photogravure printmaking is a complex antique photo etching process that produces rich images on paper. The potential of a continuous tone image on printmaking paper offers a wide range of implications to the photographic image, including applications of color and drawing. Students explore the preparation of digital, analog and direct transparencies and their utilization in the process. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 401.
Students enhance conceptual and technical skills for printmaking mediums. This accelerated course investigates contemporary trends in printmaking, including the use of digital and photomechanical processes, but is designed for graduate students with limited experience in printmaking.
PRMK 704 Technical Approaches in Printmaking
In this course, the full range of processes offered in the program is introduced and explored as the art of the graduate-level critique. Through individual evaluation, areas of inexperience are explored and strengthened. Students emerge from this course more well-rounded and confident in technical processes.
PRMK 713 Printmaking Studio I
This is the first of two courses designed to cultivate the mature development of personal vision and process. The development of personal vision is initiated as well as the reinforcement of areas needed to be addressed in the student’s process vocabulary.
PRMK 716 Printmaking Studio II
Students refine their expressive vision in quarter-long projects developed within an individual conceptual framework, while exploring relevant themes in contemporary artists’ work. Students develop processes vital to the production and competition of their work and rigorous critiques require students to evaluate and verbally articulate methodology and ideas. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 713.
PRMK 722 Digital and Photographic Applications in Printmaking
Photographic and digital processes play a vital role in contemporary printmaking. Multiple strategies for incorporation of digital and photographic media are explored while developing their relevance to the student’s personal vision and stressing the primacy of the print medium. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 704 or PRMK 713.
PRMK 740 Single Edition Portfolio
One edition project is created over the course of the quarter, with an emphasis on proper edition handling and methods. Students are encouraged to collaborate with a local artist or professor to create an ambitious edition of prints that give detailed hands-on experience with shop management and project development. Students complete the course with museum-quality editioning skills and a trade portfolio. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 713.
PRMK 745 Alternative Processes in Printmaking
A departure from the traditional wood, metal, stone and paper of printmaking, this course addresses alternative plate construction methods and innovative installation techniques. The history and implications of the multiple and the full range of the context of printmaking are explored. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 704 or PRMK 713.
PRMK 749 Printmaking M.A. Final Project
All M.A. printmaking students are required to develop a cohesive body of work and develop an extended artist’s statement. Students have the opportunity to develop self-expression through an exploration of contemporary issues and theories. Students have the opportunity to develop the clear expression of ideas in writing and oral presentation while refining personal content within historic context of printmaking. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.
PRMK 764 Graduate Seminar in Printmaking
In preparation for creating the thesis body of work and document, students explore their work and content through the context of modern printmakers. A discourse relating to 20th- and 21st-century printmaking is conducted through research, writing and student presentations. Prerequisite(s): PRMK 716 or PRMK 722.
PRMK 779F Graduate Field Internship
Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
PRMK 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
PRMK 780 Special Topics in Printmaking
The topic of this course varies from term to term. Each course focuses on various issues in printmaking and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
PRMK 790 Printmaking M.F.A. Thesis
This course is designed to guide the student through the process of creating an exhibition of original work and the development of a sophisticated and coherent body of work. Students work closely with their thesis committee to design, promote and install their thesis show as well as develop a thesis paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.