Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce prints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6251C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce prints

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Deborah Williams


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:

CUVPRI401A Experiment with techniques to produce prints


1. Develop proficiency with a range of 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 Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment and materials to achieve different effects
1.3 Extend the capabilities of printmaking techniques through experimentation
1.4 Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations for different techniques and media, including permanence and archival issues


2. Develop ideas for printmaking

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Articulate creative and other goals for printmaking work
2.2 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements
2.3 Apply knowledge of different printmaking techniques to inform ideas
2.4 Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other
2.5 Consider the professional potential and other criteria for work when developing ideas
2.6 Refine and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


3. Organise printmaking resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work
3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply for printmaking resources
3.3 Determine output standards for the finished prints and respond accordingly
3.4 Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on the development of work
3.5 Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished prints
3.6 Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements


4. Create finished prints

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create prints, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
4.2 Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work
4.3 Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of prints
4.4 Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it

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


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
Sturdy covered shoes. Basic kit requirements
Exercise book
Brushes ranging from 1cm – 5 cm
Permanent marker
Carbon paper
Lino cutting tools
Masking tape
Tuna tin cans or equivalent Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment


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
•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
•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
• 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

CHD  Competent with high distinction80 - 100Highly developed
CDI  Competent with distinction70 - 79Well developed
CC  Competent with credit60 - 69Developed
CAG  Competent achieved - graded50 - 59Sound
NYC  Not Yet Competent
DNS  Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

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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