Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce prints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART5995C

Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce prints

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:tafeartt@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Deborah Williams
deborah.williams@rmit.edu.au
PH: 9925 4215

 

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

It is highly recommended that this unit be assessed in conjunction with:

  • CUVCOR04B Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
  • CUVCOR09B Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept
  • CUVCOR13B Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice.


Depending on the context, combined assessment and/or training with a range of other units would also be appropriate, e.g.:

  • CUVCRS14B Prepare, store and maintain finished work
  • CUVCRS08B Document the work progress.

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with various techniques and media for the realisation of prints. It outlines the way prints are produced through the use of experimentation and ongoing refinement. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP46B Research and experiment with techniques to produce prints

Element:

1. Inform work through experimentation with printmaking techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to printmaking based on capabilities of techniques already used.
1.2 Select, adapt or introduce new materials, tools, equipment or technology for the achievement of different effects.
1.3 Extend the capabilities of printing techniques through experimentation to inform practice.
1.4 Take account of particular safety or environmental issues associated with the use of different techniques and media.
1.5 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements.

Element:

2. Develop and refine a conceptual vision for prints

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop a conceptual vision for prints based on a knowledge and understanding of different printing techniques.
2.2 Consider the criteria for selecting techniques, material, tools and equipment based on results of experimentation.
2.3 Establish criteria which are most likely to facilitate the achievement of the conceptual vision.
2.4 Select approach to work which meets established criteria.
2.5 Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experimentation and analysis of printmaking techniques.

Element:

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for new work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements which arise from the use of techniques and experimental approaches.
3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply for printmaking resources.
3.3 Evaluate cost or other constraints which may impact on the development of work.
3.4 Set up or co-ordinate resource requirements in accordance with safety or other workplace requirements.

Element:

4. Realise prints

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Realise the prints using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision.
4.2 Evaluate and respond to the potential for changes in the use of techniques, materials, tools or equipment.
4.3 Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experiences with the production of work.
4.4 Use safe working practices throughout the production of prints.
4.5 Consider issues of presentation and take action accordingly.


Learning Outcomes


In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work.

It is expected that you will:

  • Be encouraged to explore the possibilities of printmaking through experimentation with printmaking techniques and media
  • Extend you understanding of the unique possibilities with printmaking and the multiple
  • Gain an understanding of the screen printing process 
  • Understand health and safety expectations
  • Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
  • Develop research and refine  a conceptual vision for prints
  • Develop critical evaluation and articulation skills.

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.


Details of Learning Activities

Within this Unit Students will be introduced to procedure and protocol of the the Screen Printing studio, including Occupational Health & Safety issues (OH&S).

Students will utilize traditional and current technologies to aid production of set projects.

The semester will cover

Introduction to Screen Printing studio

Photoshop for Screen Printing

transferring images to screens

Proofing & printing

Image progress & editioning

General studio maintenance 


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentLearning elements
 
1Orientation 
2Intro to studio & materials
Discuss Project 1 outline,
OH&S and checklist,
Screen claim. Discuss stencils & positives
1.4, 1.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
3Project 1 - Screen Printing
Cleaning screens and applying emulsion. Mark making and positives.
 1.2, 3.3, 4.4
4Demonstration of printing stencil & exposing positive
Mixing inks and registration Students print own stencils
 1.3
5Discussion of photographic positives and preparation. Students print own stencils 3.2
6Students apply emulsion and exposure
Students discuss Project outline
 4.4, 1.2
7Students apply emulsion and exposure
Students discuss Project outline
 4.4, 1.2
8Refresh on registration and printing. Ongoing project work 1.1, 2.1, 2.4, 2.3
9Ongoing project work 2.2, 4.1, 4.2
10Ongoing project work 
11Ongoing project work 2.5
12Ongoing project work 4.3, 4.5
13Ongoing project work 4.3
14Ongoing project work 4.3
15Ongoing project work 4.5
16Ongoing project work 4.5
   
   


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Paper
• Melbourne Etching Supplies 33A St David’s Street Fitzroy 3065 p. 9419 5666
• Neil Wallace Art Store 44 – 46 Greeves street Fitzroy 3065 p 9419 5949
• Magnani Papers 40 Buckley Street, Footscray, VIC 3011. p: (03) 9689 5660 f: (03) 9689 5640 ..

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
Bucket
Sponges
Rags
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
Apron
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.
notebook
Paint brushes


References

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.
 


Other Resources

I‘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

Whale, George., Digital printmaking, London : A. & C. Black, 2001.

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
Westley, Anne. Relief printing London, Atc Black 2000
   
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
http://www.magical-secrets.com/

http://www.australianprints.gov.au/

http://www.rama9art.org/artisan/2001/july/proverb/bot.html

http://www.mala.bc.ca/~soules/CMC290/imagetxt.htm

http://www.crownpoint.com

www.printcouncil.org.au


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.

Imprint quarterly publication of the Print Council of Australai

Cabinet magazine held in RMIT Library, Swanston street.

Lambert, Susan, Print: art & technique, V&A Publications, London, 2001.

McCann, M. Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill, NY, 1979.

Petardi, A. Printmaking, London. 1959

Grishin, S. Australain Printmaking in the 1990’s Craftsman House, Sydney 1979

Whale, G. Digital printmaking, Londan: A & C Black, 2001

Simmons, R.  Dictionary of Printmaking terms, London, A & C Black, 2002

Hoskins, S. Water-based screenprinting, London, A & C Black, 2000

Adam, R & Robertson, C. Screenprinting, The complete water based system, Thames & Hudson, London, 2003.

Ross & Romano. The Complete Printmaker, Free Press, NY, 1972.

Westley, A. Relief printing, Atc Black, London,  2000


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • direct observation of work in progress, including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • questioning and discussion about your intentions and the work outcome
  • verbal and written reports
  • review of portfolios of evidence

In addition the folio of evidence should demonstrate:

  • A highly developed command of the selected techniques and which is consistent with the conceptual vision
  • In depth knowledge of techniques, materials and tools and the ways they may be adapted and extended in printmaking.


Assessment Tasks

Participation in the workshops is mandatory for Major and Minor students.

Students will demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the processes, skills and techniques of the methods of screen printing introduced.

Studio 1, Majors:
•    Completion of two resolved images.
•    An edition of a minimum of 5 prints per image
•    Another image, based on your two screens from your resolved images that combines the two. This will be an experimental unique state print.

Resolved images must be a minimum of four colours, demonstrate the processes introduced in class and be a minimum of A4 in size.


Studio 1, Minors:
•    Completion of one resolved image.
•    An edition of a minimum of 5 prints per image
•    Another image, based on your screen from your resolved image that will be an experimental unique state print. A play with colour – monochromatic, grey tones, shifted colours.


Resolved images must be a minimum of four colours, demonstrate the processes introduced in class and be a minimum of A4 in size.

Appropriate support and resource material in the form of a visual diary / journal needs to be submitted for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

Assessment EvidenceElementEssential SkillsEssential knowlwdgeCritical aspects of assessment
Visual Diary

1. Inform work through experimentation with printmaking techniques and media

2.Develop and refine a conceptual vision for prints

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for new work.

- research skills & sources of information to inform experimentation in printmaking

-literacy skills sufficient to interpret information and material about the work of other printmakers

-numeracy skills sufficient to evaluate resource costs and to calculate material requirements and processing times.

-the role of experimentation in developing and refining concepts for prints

-detailed knowledge of physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials and tools used in printmaking.

-the characteristics of different materials under different treatments and the potential for these characteristics to achieve different effects

-copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation associated with printmaking

-sources of raw, part processed and processed materials and other resources for printmaking

-organisationaland legislative occupational health & safety procedures in relation to printmaking

 
 Folio

1. Inform work through experimentation with printmaking techniques and media

2.Develop and refine a conceptual vision for prints 
 

4.. Realise prints

 - research skills & sources of information to inform experimentation in printmaking

-literacy skills sufficient to interpret information and material about the work of other printmakers

-numeracy skills sufficient to evaluate resource costs and to calculate material requirements and processing times

 -the role of experimentation in developing and refining concepts for prints

-detailed knowledge of physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials and tools used in printmaking.

-the characteristics of different materials under different treatments and the potential for these characteristics to achieve different effects

-the formal elements & principles of design and how these may be used, adapted and challenged in the development of concepts for prints

-the historical an theoretical contexts for printmaking and how this may be used to inform own artistic practice 

-copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation associated with printmaking

 -production of prints which demonstrates a highly developed command of the selected techniques and which is consistent with the conceptual vision

-in depth knowledge of techniques, materials and tools and the ways they may be adapted and extended in printmaking

 Observation of Performance 3. Determine and organise resource requirements for new work.- research skills & sources of information to inform experimentation in printmaking

-literacy skills sufficient to interpret information and material about the work of other printmakers

-numeracy skills sufficient to evaluate resource costs and to calculate material requirements and processing times 
 

 -workspace requirements for printmaing, including selection and set up of work  space for particular types of work

-environmental issues associated with the tools and materials used in printmaking including the potential issues associated with new approaches

 -production of prints which demonstrates a highly developed command of the selected techniques and which is consistent with the conceptual vision

-in depth knowledge of techniques, materials and tools and the ways they may be adapted and extended in printmak ing
 Tutorial 1. Inform work through experimentation with printmaking techniques and media

2.Develop and refine a conceptual vision for prints


4.. Realise prints
 - research skills & sources of information to inform experimentation in printmaking

-literacy skills sufficient to interpret information and material about the work of other printmakers

 -the role of experimentation in developing and refining concepts for prints

-detailed knowledge of physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials and tools used in printmaking.

-the characteristics of different materials under different treatments and the potential for these characteristics to achieve different effects

-the formal elements & principles of design and how these may be used, adapted and challenged in the development of concepts for prints

-the historical an theoretical contexts for printmaking and how this may be used to inform own artistic practice


-copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation associated with printmaking

 -production of prints which demonstrates a highly developed command of the selected techniques and which is consistent with the conceptual vision

-in depth knowledge of techniques, materials and tools and the ways they may be adapted and extended in printmak ing
     

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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