Course Title: Investigate printmaking materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6369C

Course Title: Investigate printmaking materials and processes

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5348 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4030

Course Contact Email: phillip.allan@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Deborah Williams

Email:    deborah.williams@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 80

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

None

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:

CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes

Element:

1. Research printmaking materials and processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research ways that other artists have used different printmaking materials and processes to achieve different effects and identify intellectual property requirements 1.2 Research physical properties and capabilities of a range of printmaking materials 1.3 Investigate how different materials and printmaking techniques best combine to achieve different technical effects 1.4 Investigate safety issues associated with different materials and processes 1.5 Collate and store safety and technical data to meet safety requirements for use 1.6 Determine cost and supply issues for different materials

Element:

2. Select printmaking materials and processes for exploration

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek and participate in professional discussions about characteristics and opportunities of particular printmaking materials and processes 2.2 Evaluate creative and professional opportunities offered by different printmaking materials and processes for own approach to work 2.3 Identify and assess limitations and constraints of particular materials and processes 2.4 Select a particular range of materials and processes that suit own practice

Element:

3. Integrate printmaking materials and processes into own work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explore own new and different ways of working with materials and processes to achieve new effects and desired outcomes 3.2 Challenge and stretch the capabilities and uses of different materials and processes through experimentation on samples, practice pieces or a work in progress 3.3 Proactively identify and resolve technical problems with material use 3.4 Develop own ways of working with materials and processes to create individual style 3.5 Develop a coherent body of printmaking work that shows command of selected printmaking materials 3.6 Use safe work practices for handling materials and disposal of waste

Element:

4. Manage printmaking materials

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Establish supply of printmaking materials which meets price, quality and delivery expectations 4.2 Develop ways of working with materials that minimise waste 4.3 Maintain quality and maximise shelf-life of printmaking materials through appropriate handling and storage


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

Learning activities will take place in a studio using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

  • lectures
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • tutorials
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work

Out of class activities may 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 gallery visits as suggested by your teacher.


Teaching Schedule

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekClass contentLearning activities
1Introduce Staff and facilities while familiarising Students with RMIT University City Campus: General, Building 94 Library Carlton + Central Studio areas. 
2 Health and Safety induction, Introduction to Conventions and Terminology. Overview of semester delivery. 
3Project 1 Monochromatic Linoleum cut – Pattern1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2
4 - 7Project 1 Monochromatic Linoleum cut – Pattern

2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.3

8Project 2 Introduction to intaglio Still life

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2

9 - 13Project 2 Introduction to intaglio Still life2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.3

14

Project 3 Colour Linoleum Printing1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1
15Project 3 Colour Linoleum Printing3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.7
16General Studio and Folio preparation3.7,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment 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 3065 p. 9419 5666
Neil Wallace: 44 – 46 Greaves Street Fitzroy 3065 p 9419 5949 Ansell Sol- Vex Nitrile gloves
Safety glasses
Apron
Sturdy covered shoes. Basic kit requirements
Exercise book
Brushes ranging from 1cm – 5 cm
Permanent marker
Pencil
Carbon paper
Lino cutting tools
Masking tape
Tuna tin cans or equivalent Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment


References

Recommended texts:
‘Imprint’ quarterly publication of the Print Council of Australia.
Lambert, Susan, Print: art and technique, V&A Publications, London, 2001.
McCann, M., Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill, New York, 1979.
Petardi, A. Printmaking, London, 1959.
Grishin, Sasha, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s, Craftsman House, Sydney 1979
Simmons, Rosemary., Dictionary of printmaking terms, London : A. & C. Black, 2002.
Ross and Romano. The Complete printmaker New York, Free Press 1972
Westley, Anne. Relief printing London, Atc Black 2000
Brooks, Catherine. Magical secrets about line etching & engraving : the step-by-step art of incised lines San Francisco : Crown Point Press, c2007
D'arcy Hughes, Ann & Vernon-Morris, Hebe The printmaking bible : the complete guide to materials and techniques San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 2008
Leaf, Ruth Etching, engraving, and other intaglio printmaking techniques New York : Dover, 1984, c1976
Noyce, Richard. Printmaking at the edge London : A. & C. Black, 2006
Watrous Madison, James. American printmaking : a century of American printmaking, 1880-1980 , Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, 1984


Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings 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: 42 Courtney Street, North Melbourne 3051: ph. 9328 8991
• Australian Print Workshop: 210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy 3065: ph. 9419 5466
• Firestation Print Studio: 2 Willis Street, Armadale 3143: ph. 9509 1782
• Peter Lancaster Press: 14 Eames Street, Brooklyn: ph. 9314 3036
• Port Jackson Press Australia:
Print Room: 59-61 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3066: 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 3065 p. 9419 5666
• Neil Wallace: 44 – 46 Greaves Street Fitzroy 3065 p 9419 5949
• Magnani Papers: 40 Buckley Street, Footscray, VIC 3011. p: (03) 9689 5660 f: (03) 9689 5640 ..

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

Participation and practical demonstration of class based activities culminating in the practical demonstration of an ability to select and apply appropriate techniques and media to communicate a concept.
Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester via observation. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.
Assessment will be via folio submission at the end of the semester.
 

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.

Project 1 - Monochromatic Linoleum cut - The Language of Pattern
Outcome:
• A minimum of 5 preparatory drawings
• Completion of one resolved image editioned at a minimum of 5 prints. (Project 1)
• Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
• OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 1
Week: 18

Project 2 - Etching - Still life
Outcome:
• A minimum of 3 preparatory drawings
• Completion of one resolved image editioned at a minimum of 3 prints and one Artist Proof.
• Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
• OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 1
Week: 18

Project 3 - Colour Linoleum cut - The Language of Pattern
Outcome:
• a series of 8 unique state colour lino cut prints
Due date: End of Semester 1
Week: 18

For all projects: Students will be required to document in their Journals;
techniques with visual exploration and experimentation.
Conceptual development
Preparatory drawings

Complete your OH&S workbook including OH&S compliance documentation;
process specific procedures,
use of materials and equipment.

 
Graded Mark Table
Grade Outline Grading Criteria
CHD Competent with high distinction 80 - 100 Highly developed
CDI Competent with distinction 70 - 79 Well developed
CC Competent with credit 60 - 69 Developed
CAG Competent achieved - graded 50 - 59 Sound
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did not submit for assessment


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix

 

 Unit title - Investigate printmaking materials and processes RMIT Code - VART6369C National Code- CUAPRI502   
 Assessment Task  Element Performance CriteriaPerformance Evidence Knowledge Evidence Assessment Conditions 
Project 1 - Monochromatic Linoleum cut - The Language of Pattern 1, 2, 3, 4 1.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,  4.2 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • research the properties, capabilities and use of an extensive range of printmaking materials to inform own work practice
  • create a coherent body of printmaking work which demonstrates:
  • new or refined ways of working with materials through a process of experimentation
  • technical proficiency in the use of selected materials and processes
  • integration of materials and processes into own style
  • use of safe and sustainable work practices.

 

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

      
      

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • describe intellectual property considerations relevant to producing print works
  • identify useful information sources that support research in printmaking materials
  • describe the physical properties, characteristics, capabilities and storage requirements of a wide range of materials used in printmaking
  • describe how different materials and printmaking techniques combine to achieve different technical effects
  • explain ways to use, adapt, combine and challenge the capabilities of an extensive range of printmaking materials to develop an individual professional style
  • summarise supply sources for printmaking materials used in professional practice
  • explain the function of Safety Data Sheets
  • explain key safety and sustainability requirements for painting work.

 

     

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

  • equipment, tools and materials used to produce prints
  • relevant information sources.

 

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

 

Project 2 - Etching - Still life

 
1, 2, 3, 4 1.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,  4.2 
 Project 3 - Colour Linoleum cut - The Language of Pattern 1, 2, 3, 41.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,  4.2
 Complete your OH&S workbook including OH&S compliance documentation;
process specific procedures,
use of materials and equipment.
2, 3,  4 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
 Visual Diary  

Other Information

Feedback:
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.

Plagiarism
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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1

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