The Incisive Line
Last Updated: 11/14/2007
Faculty: Lisa Sweet visual arts
Major areas of study include graphic design, art history, printmaking and expository writing.
Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 50% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
Prerequisites: Basic drawing skills will be helpful, but are not required.
Historically, printmaking has been aligned with revolutionary ideas, political and religious reform, and the democratization of artistic practice and production. This is an arena in which artists have the potential to reinvent not only the way two-dimensional images look, but also the manner in which they are made. For instance, consider the popular notion of the Modernist artist-genius working in isolation. In contrast to this creative practice, printmakers have traditionally collaborated to create works of art–often with a social message. Artists and printers confer with and influence each other while making work in their community. Printmaking can counter the idea of works of art as precious, one-of-a-kind commodities by permitting the artist to create multiple copies of images. These are a few of the ways we will address the practice and history of printmaking.
This one-quarter program will focus on printmaking as an expressive and conceptual art form. Our artistic practice will focus on relief and intaglio techniques: the incised lines of woodcut, drypoint and etching. Emphasis will be placed on developing artistic practice and research: How do we develop artistic ideas? How do we revise and refine ideas and works of art? What is the benefit of working in series? How does an artist generate and communicate intellectual content through images?
During the quarter, students will practice printmaking techniques, learn about print culture and the history of printmaking, and do research by examining both art historical and artistic examples. Students will be expected to work collaboratively in community. Writing is a significant component of this program. Students will be responsible for developing a portfolio of printed works, presenting significant research on printmaking history and participating in a print exchange. Students should anticipate spending about 40 hours a week on studio work and a research project. This will be an intensive ten weeks that will require enthusiasm and a strong work ethic.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Special Expenses: $250 for art supplies.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in visual arts, graphic design, art history and education.