Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce prints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6358C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce prints

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4370 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will explore the diverse application of printmaking to communicate ideas. This will include developing printmaking skills and confidence to proactively experiment with various printmaking techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPRI401 Experiment with techniques to produce prints


1. Develop proficiency with a range of printmaking techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate potential for new approaches to printmaking based on capabilities of known techniques 1.2 Adapt or introduce new equipment, tools and materials to achieve different effects 1.3 Extend own capability with printmaking techniques through experimentation on samples, practice pieces or a work in progress 1.4 Assess safety and sustainability issues for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for printmaking

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Discuss, with key people, creative and other goals for own prints 2.2 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners and comply with intellectual property requirements 2.3 Use knowledge of different printmaking techniques to inform ideas 2.4 Consider how different techniques and ideas can best work together 2.5 Assess the professional potential and presentation requirements of own work to inform ideas 2.6 Refine and confirm ideas based on research, experimentation and collaboration with others


3. Organise printmaking resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify specific resource requirements for the chosen work 3.2 Research potential sources of supply for printmaking resources 3.3 Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on development of the work 3.4 Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished prints 3.5 Coordinate required resources and set up according to safety requirements


4. Create finished prints

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create prints using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation, considering and applying elements and principles of design 4.2 Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with production of own work 4.3 Handle equipment, tools and materials safely; minimise and safely dispose of waste throughout all processes 4.4 Document development of own work and the research and ideas that informed it


5. Evaluate own printmaking work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Reflect on own conceptual development and technical execution of the work 5.2 Identify areas for future skill development and options to learn 5.3 Discuss completed work with others and consider all feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• teacher directed studio activities/projects/excursions
• studio exercises to review discussions
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:
• practical exercises
• reading articles and excerpts
• preparing for discussion
• project work
• independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClassClass ContentTask / Assessment due datesElements
Week 1 

Outlne course and requirements

Introduction to course and outline requirements
Introduction to Project 1 Positive / Negative

Week 2  Project 1 Drypoint intaglio - Self portrait  
Week 3 Project 1 Drypoint intaglio - Self portraitConcept development
Assessment end of semester
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Week 4 Project 1 Drypoint intaglio - Self portraitPreparation of matrix / refine concept
Assessment end of semester
 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2
Week 5 Project 1 Drypoint intaglio - Self portraitEditioning
Assessment end of semester
 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Week 6 Project 2 Fragment (monoprint/monotype)


Assessment end of semester

 3.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3,  2.4
Week 7 Project 2 Fragment (monoprint/monotype)Editioning

Assessment end of semester

3.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
Week 8 Project 2 Fragment (monoprint/monotype)Introduction to project
Source concept
Assessment end of semester
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Week 9 Project 2 Fragment (monoprint/monotype)Preparation of stencils
Develop concept
Assessment end of semester
 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4,
Week 10 Project 2 Fragment (monoprint/monotype)Printing & colour experiments
Develop concept
Explore use of colour
Assessment end of semester
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will be required to purchase materials that are relevant to your projects as they develop. Materials required will include: A set of linoleum tools
Speedball is a great brand or a 6 or 12 wooden handle linoleum cutting tool set. It is not recommended you purchase a cheaper brand. It is recommended these tools are purchased from either of the following as they give student discounts and offer the best price and quality. Melbourne Etching Supplies: 33A St David’s Street Fitzroy, ph:94195666
Neil Wallace: 44 – 46 Greaves Street Fitzroy. Ph: 9419 5949 Personal protective equipment
Chemical resistant gloves (Ansell Sol-Vex Nitrile gloves)
Sturdy covered shoes. 1 x sheet stencil paper (project 2)
Available at:
Melbourne Artists Supplies: 34 Little LaTrobe St, Melb. Ph: 9639 6622
Eckersley’s: 97 Franklin street, Melbourne. Ph: (03) 9663 6799 Rag paper - smooth
Printmaking rag paper is necessary for project 2 as it will tolerate repeated passes through the press. It is also highly recommended for other projects as it will produce the best results. A smooth rag paper, at around 150-250gsm will be sufficient and the most economical. One sheet of paper can be torn down into 6 pieces for printing (method shown in class). Notebook
For OHS documentation  


Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibitions and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Art Almanac provides a comprehensive listing of galleries and exhibitions throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria however you should become familiar with the following print specific bodies:
• Print Room: NGV International, 180 St. Kilda Road
• Print Council of Australia: Office G21
Fitzroy Town Hall,
201 Napier Street
Fitzroy, Ph: 9416 0150
• Australian Print Workshop: 210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Ph. 9419 5466
• Firestation Print Studio: 2 Willis Street, Armadale. Ph. 9509 1782
• Peter Lancaster Press: 14 Eames Street, Brooklyn: Ph. 9314 3036
• Port Jackson Press Print Room: 59-61 Smith Street, Fitzroy. Ph. 9419 8988

All students have access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources, with the State Library being on RMIT’s doorstep.

Printmaking supplies are available from the following:
• Melbourne Etching Supplies: 33A St David’s Street Fitzroy. Ph 9:419 5666
• Neil Wallace: 44 – 46 Greaves Street Fitzroy. Ph: 9419 5949
• Magnani Papers: 40 Buckley Street, Footscray. Ph: 9689 5660

Please note: You are required to supply your own personal protective equipment, i.e. apron, solvent resistant gloves (Nitrile), safety glasses & sturdy covered shoes.

RMIT is in close proximity to a broad range of Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, and professional printmaking workshops and suppliers are also readily accessible.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Participation in class based activities culminating in the practical demonstration to select and apply techniques and skills to complete of a body of work that demonstrates concept development
  • Understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection, research and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

Assessment will be via folio submission at the end of the semester.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment is by folio submission that must include the following:

1. Project 1 – Drypoint intaglio - Self portrait
• A minimum of 3 preparatory drawings
• Completion of one resolved image editioned to a minimum of 3 prints
• Working proofs of your image showing states prior to resolution.
• Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
• OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 2

2. Project 2 - Fragment (monoprints and stencils)

4 resolved, unique state prints. These can be related as a series or can be 4 individual works

A minimum of 6 experimental works (in addition to the four resolved prints) that explore different colour combinations, compositions and processes.

Documentation of relevant Health and Safety issues and procedures relevant to this project in the student’s workbooks.

Visual diaries: documentation of procedures for each of the mono-printing methods taught, research into relevant artists, background research into ‘fragment’, visual experimentation with imagery and with the mono-printing processes, and notes/samples of technical experimentation and colour exploration.

• OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 2


Assessment Matrix

 Assessment taskContent / requirementsDue date
Folio of prints related to the class projects

Edition of resolved intaglio drypoint print at a minimum of 3 prints.

4 unique state prints for Project 2, 6 experimental works


End of semester
Visual diaryAll required drawings and conceptual, visual and technical research as stated in Project outlines.End of semester
Completion of OH&S workbook End of semester

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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