Course Title: Investigate printmaking materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART6223C

Course Title: Investigate printmaking materials and processes

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6128 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Deb Williams

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4215

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Deborah Williams

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


Course Description

In this course you will develop, skills and knowledge required to research and explore selected printmaking materials and processes and integrate their use into own creative practice. This course requires a higher level of skill and development and a thorough investigation of printmaking processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRI502A Investigate printmaking materials and processes


1. Research printmaking materials and processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research the detailed properties and capabilities of different printmaking materials
1.2 Investigate the safety issues associated with different materials and processes prior to use
1.3 Collate and store safety and technical data to meet safety requirements and inform future practice
1.4 Investigate the relationship between materials and printmaking processes
1.5 Determine cost and supply parameters


2. Select printmaking materials and processes for exploration

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the creative and professional opportunities offered by different printmaking materials and processes
2.2 Determine limitations and constraints of particular materials and processes
2.3 Select particular materials and processes that suit own practice


3. Integrate printmaking materials and processes into own work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explore different ways of working with materials and processes to achieve desired outcomes
3.2 Challenge and stretch the capabilities and uses of different materials and processes through experimentation
3.3 Develop own ways of working with materials and processes
3.4 Engage in informed discussion with others about the characteristics and opportunities of particular printmaking materials and processes
3.5 Establish and follow safe work practices


4. Manage printmaking resources

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Establish a sustainable supply of printmaking resources
4.2 Develop ways of working with resources that minimize waste
4.3 Maintain the quality and life of printmaking resources through appropriate handling and storage

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to develop a concept for thematically connected prints
  • Demonstrate a command of advanced techniques which are consistent with your conceptual vision
  • Demonstrate knowledge of materials and tools and how they are used & extended in Printmaking.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and practice of appropriate Occupational Health & Safety rules in the Printmaking studios.

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.
In this course, you learn through:

1. In-class activities:

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

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • project work
  • independent research

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.

printing & editioning

WeekCourse content Task / Assessment due datesElements
 1 Intro to studio & materials
Discuss Project 1 outline Photographic screenprinting printing,
OH&S and checklist,
Screen claim. Discuss stencils & positives. One colour photographic, 4 colour block
Outcomes required for Assessment
All work will be submitted in a folio at the end of week 16  2.1

3.4, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2Project 1 - Screen Printing
Cleaning screens and applying emulsion. Mark making and positives.
  1.1, 4.1, 4.2,4.3
 3Demonstration of printing paper stencil
Mixing inks and registration Students print paper stencils
  4.1, 4.2,4.3
 4Students print paper stencils  2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
 5Students print paper stencils   2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
 6Discussion four colour seperation & photographic techniques. Exposing photographic positive. Students work on photographic stencils. Four colour separaton   2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2,4.3
 7Exposing photographic positive. Students work on photographic stencils. Four colour separaton   2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
 8Exposing photographic positive. Students work on photographic stencils. Four colour separaton  4.1, 4.2,4.3
 9 Exposing photographic positive. Students work on photographic stencils. Four colour separaton  1.1, 1.2, 1.4
10IExposing photographic positive. Students work on photographic stencils. Four colour separaton  1.3, 2.1
 11 IExposing photographic positive. Students work on photographic stencils. Four colour separaton  3.5
 12 printing & editioning 3.1
 13. printing & editioning  
 14.printing & editioning  2.1, 2.2, 2.3
 15printing & editioning  3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

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. 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. Positives
Creffields 101 Rosslyn st, West Melbourne ph; 9329 5177
Kwik Kopy 81- 85 Cambridge st Collingwood ph 9417 3700 Materials reqired;
1 roll masking tape
1 roll clear sticky tape
Stanley knife
Acrylic paint – the better the quality, the better your ink as this is the basis of your colour
Heavy duty polyester film – mylar, acetate or draft film
Round plastic take away containers
Textures – anything that is flat and soft eg lace
Black permanent marker pen
Plastic spatula
Paper for proofing – newsprint / litho
Rag Paper for editioning – smooth rag paper allows for the best result with screenprinting, however, rough papers can give interesting textured results as well.
Paint brushes


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.

Recommended resources

  • Imprint’ quarterly publication of the Print Council of Australia.
  • Cabinet Magazine held at RMIT Library, Swanston street.
  • 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.
    Hoskins, Steve, Water-based screenprinting, London : A. & C. Black, 2000.
  • Adam, R & Robertson C, Screenprinting, The Complete Waterbased System, Thames & Hudson, London, 2003.
  • Ross and Romano The Complete printmaker New York, Free Press 1972
    D’arcy Hughes, Ann & Vernon-Morris, Hebe The printmaking bible : the complete guide to materials and techniques San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 2008
    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
  • Hoff, S. Screenprinting; a contemporary approach. Delmar Publishers, NY, 1997.Recommended websitess:
  • Crown Point Press, Magical – Secrets: A Printmaking Community

  • Artists to look at: Janet Parker-Smith, Justin Trendall, Rebecca Mayo, Colin McCahon, Frank Gohier, Juan Davila, David Salle, Sol LeWitt, David Band, David Noonan, Robert Raushenberg, Gary Hume, Stephan Spurrier, Darren Bryant, Ben Rak, Trevor Richards, Theo Koning, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Milan Milojevic
  • This list is are suggestions and a starting point only, please ensure your research goes beyond this list.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. 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 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.

The assessment tasks will require that you demonstrate the following:

  • A command of advanced techniques and which are consistent with the conceptual vision.
  • Knowledge of materials and tools and how they are used and extended in printing.
  • Submit a folio of prints as outlined in the Project

  • Participate in studio practice and tutorials.
  • Utilise a workbook Visual Diary and submit backup work.

We will be looking for engagement in the following:

  • Evidence of research
  • Evidence of experimentation and manipulation of processes
  • Conceptual response to projects
  • Technical proficiency
  • Resolution of finished art work
  • Presentation

Assessment task
An edition of Project 1 screenprinting  that demonstrates paper stencil and  block colour printing. Experiments with layering, Opaque & transparent inks minimum of 6 colours
Edition of 3 plus experimental back up work

An edition of Project 2 screenprinting that demonstrates photographic colour separation, stencil and/or block colour printing. Experiments with layering, Opaque & transparent inks minimum of 6 colours
Edition of 3 plus experimental back up work
2 Editions, Project 1 and Project 2 each at a minimum of 3 prints for traditional outcome.
Due date
Week 10


Assessment task
An edition of your 2 plate colour etching that demonstrates minimum for differing techniques as well as chine colle
Multicolour at a minimum of 3 prints for traditional outcome.
Due date
End of semester 2

Assessment task
An edition of a single plate etching that demonstrates techniques introduced in class
Edition minimum of 3 prints for traditional outcome.
Due date
End of semester 2

Assessment task
An unique states of your two plates in various stages of technique (Min 4)
4 unique state prints
Due date
End of semester 2

Assessment task
Print of experimental plate.
These will need to be printed throughout the semester and should be considered and resolved outcomes.
Due date
End of semester 2

Assessment task
Student staff print exchange print
All finishing students will complete a resolved print for exchange.
It is required that you submit an editionable print (i.e no unique states) and that your print edition is of an acceptable standard in order for it to be included in the folio. Please speak to staff if you have any concerns regarding this element of the folio requirements.
The edition number will be confirmed ASAP in Semester 2.
Due date
End of semester 2

Grade CHD
Outline Competent with high distinction
Grading 80 - 100
Criteria Highly developed

Grade CDI
Outline Competent with distinction
Grading 70 - 79
Criteria Well developed

Grade CC
Outline Competent with credit
Grading 60 - 69
Criteria Developed

Grade CAG
Outline Competent achieved - graded
Grading 50 - 59
Criteria Sound

Grade NYC
Outline Not Yet Competent

Grade DNS
Outline Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration.

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1; (unresolved)

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.

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