Course Title: Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected prints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART5996

Course Title: Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected 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:TAFEArt@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Deborah Williams

deborah.williams@rmit.edu.au

Ph; 9925 4215

Nominal Hours: 100

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

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to develop artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected prints through the exploration and application of a range of advanced techniques and media.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU030 Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected prints

Element:

Develop and refine conceptual vision thematically connected prints 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to printmaking based on capabilities of techniques already used
1.2 Explore and experiment with a broad range of advanced techniques for the achievement of different effects and to inform practice
1.3 Explore and experiment with a broad range of tools, equipment and materials for the achievement of different effects
1.4 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements

Element:

Experiment with printmaking techniques and media to inform work  

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the conceptual vision for the proposed series of prints based on knowledge and understanding of different printmaking techniques
2.2 Consider and establish criteria for selecting techniques, tools, equipment, materials required for the production of a series of prints based on experimentation results
2.3 Select approach to work which meets established criteria
2.4 Refine conceptual vision based on ongoing experimentation and analysis of printmaking techniques


Learning Outcomes


The following learning outcomes will be undertaken through this course:

  • Explore the possibilities of printmaking through experimentation with printmaking techniques and media to inform work.
  • Extend your understanding of the unique possibilities with printmaking - the multiple and the unique state print.
  • Gain an understanding of the screen printing process.
  • Health and Safety will be addressed.
  • You will determine and organise resource requirements for new work.
  • Develop research and refine  a conceptual vision for prints.
  • Develop critical evaluation and articulation skills.
  • Develop and refine conceptual vision thematically connected prints.


Details of Learning Activities

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

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

Week 1
Project 2 Object as Reference
General unit outline
Required materials for project 2
Discuss bulk copper options
Preparation/edges
Hard and soft ground
Etching bath    

Week 2     Project 2 Object as Reference
Preparation/edges
Hard and soft ground
Etching bath   

Week 3    Project 2 Object as Reference
Soft ground Aquatint demonstration
Etching bath use
  
Week 4    Project 2 Object as Reference
Process plate
Extension of aquatint using scrapers & burnishers   

Week 5    Project 2 Object as Reference
Chine colle
Litho crayons
   
Week 6    Project 2 Object as Reference
2 plates Print registration demo & press training refresher    Ongoing activities
Multi plate colour etching
chine colle, hard  & soft ground
sugar lift, aquatint, engraving, tuché, Litho crayons, stencilling, monoprinting, relief intaglio

Week 7    Project 2 Object as Reference
Ongoing activities
    
Week 8    Project 2 Object as Reference
Ongoing activities   

Week 9    Project 2 Object as Reference
Extending the print;
Relief intaglio   

Week 10    Project 2 Object as Reference
Extending the print; Monoprinting techniques
  
Week 11    Project 2 Object as Reference
Ongoing activities   

Week 12    Project 2 Object as Reference
Print Room
Extending the print; stencilling techniques 
 
Week 13    Project 2 Ongoing activities
individual tutorials  

Week 14    Project 2 Ongoing activities
individual tutorials   

Week 15    Project 2 Ongoing activities
individual tutorials   

Week 16    FOLIO PREPARATION
    Confirmation of general assessment criteria

Students will be
introduced to a range
 of printmaking techniques
 through workshops –
Multi plate colour etching
chine colle, hard  & soft ground
sugar lift, aquatint, engraving

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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 ..

Materials required:
•    masking tape
•    Stanley knife
•    Apron
•    Black permanent marker pen
•    Rag Paper for editioning
•    notebook
•    Paint brushes
•    Safety glasses
•    Nitrile gloves

Please note: Students are required to supply their own personal protective equipment, i.e. apron, safety glasses, solvent resistant gloves, 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.

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.


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

‘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
Whale, George., Digital printmaking, London : A. & C. Black, 2001.
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    
York, Emily. Magical secrets about aquatint : spit bite, sugar lift & other etched tones step-by-step San Francisco : Crown Point Press, c2008    
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
http://www.brodskycenter.org/_pages/ARTISTS/smith2.html
www.crownpoint.com/
http://www.printeresting.org/
http://www.worldprintmakers.com/
http://tandempress.wisc.edu/artists.html


Overview of Assessment

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.

Assessment evidence will be via

  • Visual Diary
  • Observation of performance
  • Tutorial
  • and Folio (see below).

Folio requirements

  • Completion of two resolved outcomes that will utilise some of the printmaking techniques demonstrated in classes. Your work will show an involvement to extend the technical processes used to make conceptually resolved prints
  • There will be outcomes which show experimentation with monochromatic and multi-colour prints.

PRINT 1, 2, & 3

  • There will be traditional and unique state outcomes.
  • Edition a minimum of 3 prints for traditional outcome
  • Unique states prints should be considered and resolved outcomes which may include installations, artists books and printed works which use different substrates. There will be 3 resolved outcomes.

PRINT 1 & 2

  • There will be traditional and unique state outcomes
  • Edition a minimum of 3 prints for traditional outcome
  • Unique states prints should be considered and resolved outcomes which may include installations, artists books and printed works which use different substrates. There will be 2 resolved unique state print outcomes
  • Students should note that preparatory work and experimental printing will be a major component of assessment.

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 Tasks

Assessment Tasks
Semester : 1

1. Object as Reference
Description: Completion of two resolved outcomes that will utilise some of the printmaking techniques demonstrated in classes. Your work will show an involvement to extend the technical processes used to make conceptually resolved prints.
There will be outcomes that show experimentation with monochromatic and multicolour prints.

Studio 2, & 3

There will be traditional and unique state outcomes.

An edition of your multi plate etching in multicolour (utilizing 3 plates) at a minimum of an edition of 5 prints  for traditional outcome.

Unique states of your multi plate etching in a monochromatic tonal range

Unique states prints of your experimental plate. These will need to be printed throughout the semester should be considered and resolved outcomes. There will be 2 resolved unique state print outcomes.


Studio 2

There will be traditional and unique state outcomes.

An edition of your multi plate etching in multicolour (utilizing 2 plates) at a minimum of an edition of 5 prints for traditional outcome.

Unique states prints of your experimental plate. These will need to be printed throughout the semester should be considered and resolved outcomes. There will be 2 resolved unique state print outcomes.


You should note that preparatory work and experimental printing will be a major component of assessment.

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 artwork
• Presentation


Due date: End of semester
Semester:  1
Week: 18


Assessment Matrix

Assessment evidenceElementEssential skillsEssential knowledgeCritical aspects of assessment
Visual diary1 Experiment with
printmaking
techniques and media
to inform work
 2 Develop and refine
conceptual vision
thematically
connected prints
  - demonstrates a command of advanced techniques and
which are consistent with the conceptual vision
- demonstrates knowledge of materials and tools and
how they are used and extended in printing.
Folio1 Experiment with
printmaking
techniques and media
to inform work
 2 Develop and refine
conceptual vision
thematically
connected prints
- literacy skills sufficient to read product safety labels
- numeracy skills sufficient to calculate quantities, and cost
- ways of exploring, adapting and combining techniques and materials to achieve different
effects in printmaking 
- ability to integrate or interpret other mediums into print artworks to allow for the evolving
characteristics of contemporary practice
- organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to
printmaking 
- the physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials, tools and equipment used in
printmaking
- general knowledge of the formal elements and principles of design and their specific
application to the production of prints
- the historical and theoretical contexts and how these may be used to inform own artistic
practice
- knowledge of contemporary practices
- awareness of copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues
- demonstrates a command of advanced techniques and
which are consistent with the conceptual vision
- demonstrates knowledge of materials and tools and
how they are used and extended in printing.
 
Observation of performance1 Experiment with
printmaking
techniques and media
to inform work
- literacy skills sufficient to read product safety labels
- numeracy skills sufficient to calculate quantities, and cost
- ways of exploring, adapting and combining techniques and materials to achieve different
effects in printmaking 
- ability to integrate or interpret other mediums into print artworks to allow for the evolving
characteristics of contemporary practice
- organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to
printmaking 
- the physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials, tools and equipment used in
printmaking
- work space requirements for printmaking, including ways of organising and maintaining
space
- demonstrates a command of advanced techniques and
which are consistent with the conceptual vision
- demonstrates knowledge of materials and tools and
how they are used and extended in printing
Tutorial1 Experiment with
printmaking
techniques and media
to inform work
 2 Develop and refine
conceptual vision
thematically
connected prints
- literacy skills sufficient to read product safety labels
- numeracy skills sufficient to calculate quantities, and cost
- ways of exploring, adapting and combining techniques and materials to achieve different
effects in printmaking 
- ability to integrate or interpret other mediums into print artworks to allow for the evolving
characteristics of contemporary practice
- organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to
printmaking 
- the physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials, tools and equipment used in
printmaking
- work space requirements for printmaking, including ways of organising and maintaining
space 
- general knowledge of the formal elements and principles of design and their specific
application to the production of prints
- cleaning and maintenance techniques for tools and equipment used in printmaking
- the historical and theoretical contexts and how these may be used to inform own artistic
practice
- knowledge of contemporary practices
- awareness of copyright, moral
- demonstrates a command of advanced techniques and
which are consistent with the conceptual vision
- demonstrates knowledge of materials and tools and
how they are used and extended in printing

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