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Printmaking I

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2011
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Beginning Printmaking I -2153 MW 9:00am-11:50pm
Fall 2010

Catherine Prose, Assistant Professor of Art/Gallery Director
Office hours: Room C105A MW 12pm-2pm TThurs 9:00am-12pm and 1pm-2pm by appointment only! You can contact me for special meeting times.

Monday-Friday 7am-9:30pm
Saturday 7am-4:30pm

Catherine Prose (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Introduction to printmaking. Beginning instruction in one of the following printmaking media: intaglio, dealing with etching, aquatint, softground and relief printing methods applicable to the intaglio process; lithography, dealing with non-toxic materials, stone and metalplate printing; and screen process printing (serigraphy) dealing with photo-methods; unique prints; monoprint processes

In this course students will:
1. Develop a working knowledge of printmaking tools and equipment as it pertains to proper use, maintenance and safety precaution.
2. Acquire a working knowledge and understanding of printmaking media as a learning and creative process.
3. Study the history of printmaking and its connection to contemporary approaches to making art.
4. Demonstrate and be familiar with basic techniques, elements and principles of printmaking processes in the areas of monoprint/monotypes, drypoint (intaglio), and relief (linocut).

Course Expectations

1. Attendance 20%
2. Shop Notebook- documentation of the development of ideas (images) and record of processes for each print. 10%
3. Final Portfolio- consisting of the following:
1 monoprint monochromatic 10%
1 monoprint three color process 10%
1 edition of 5 drypoint print (black and white) 10%
1 edition of 5 relief prints (linocut-black and white) 10%
Two prints which are mounted, matted and polyester covered 10%
Midterm evaluation form

Grading Standards

Midterm and Final Grading Scale: A=90 to 100, B= 80 to 89, C= 70 to 79, D= 60 to 69, F= below 60

Project Grading Scale: A=9 to 10, B= 7 to 8, C= 4 to 6, D= 2 to 3, F= 0-1
Evaluation Explanation:
A= Superior work. Excellent development in skill, exploration and expression.
B= Above average development in skill; exploration and expression.
C= Average work. Meeting the assignment requirements. Recommend greater need for study in academic comprehension and technical skills.
D= Below average performance. Requires greater study to improve academic understanding, perceptual and technical skills.
F= Performance indicates little or no progress in academic understanding, perceptual and technical skills. Quality of work not on level of necessary time and study. Showing little willingness or effort to improve skills.

All work is expected to be completed and ready for presentation at the assigned date. It is EXTREMELY important to stay up to date with assignments and projects.
> Late work is unacceptable. Every effort must be made to turn projects in on time.
> YOU are responsible for finding out what work was missed during your absence, and turning in work missed due to an absence. I will not remind you that a project was due during your absence.
> IF you are absent on a project due date, and IF you are within the three
allowable unexcused absences, work is DUE at the beginning of the next class period attended.

Class critiques are intended to help evaluate the strengths and weaknesses within each project by practicing new vocabulary and design concepts presented in class. They will take place on a regular basis and are designed to encourage the development of your technical and conceptual skills. Your participation and the expression of ideas and opinions in critiques are a major part of this course. Missing critique is equivalent to missing an exam and will be penalized via 5% attendance grade reduction.

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance and attitude are influencing factors. You should come to class prepared to work. Attendance is required for the entire class period. Excused absences are those which involve a documented health problem, family emergency, official university function, or religious holiday. Incompletes for the course will only be considered in extreme cases of personal injury or family emergencies.
You are allowed only 3 absences! After 3 absences you run the risk of being penalized via 5% attendance grade reduction.

Other Policies

The print studio is available for your use whenever scheduled classes are not in session. The studio, supply cabinet and other materials are accessible via room and lock codes that will be provided. Please keep this information limited to only other students enrolled in the course.
MAINTENANCE OF STUDIO: General studio clean up will be the last 15 minutes of each class session. Students will maintain discipline in studio safety precautions, maintenance and up keep throughout the semester. The instructor will drop those students not willing to take active part in those goals.

John Ross, The Complete Printmaker, ISBN # 0-02-927372-2, The Free Press
Donald Saff/Deli Sacilotto, Printmaking: History and Process, ISBN # 0-03-085663-9, Capital City Press

Department of Art will endeavor to comply with the intent of state laws or acts and the University Health and Safety Program in an effort to maintain a safe academic and working environment.

It is very important that submitted work, to be graded, be representative of your own design and execution. These standards, at the minimum, require that you never present the work of others as your own. Misrepresentation can result with a course grade of "F" given for cheating.

All students will be expected to act in a manner consistent with the academic goals
of the course; that is, any behavior detrimental to the learning experience of the group will not be tolerated. All electronic devices must be turned off before entering the classroom. Cell phone or beeper disruptions will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from class.

Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible so that the necessary accommodations can be made.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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