This studio course is an introduction to a variety of printmaking processes including calligraphy, Xerox lithography, and dry point. The class focuses on learning basic printmaking techniques and developing elements of design and concept. Students will investigate the complex and varied roles of printed art in terms of technique, concept, format and function. Class assignments utilize the inherent characteristics of printed art forms; repetition, permutation, appropriation, and public accessibility, as a means to expand formal and material language, develop personal imagery, and experience new studio processes. Students will gain familiarity with safe and professional printmaking practices and develop a language for printmaking critique.
Relief printmaking allows the artist to create multiple original prints using an array of materials for the printing block, including wood, cardboard, and found objects. Students will build printing blocks with a broad range of surfaces and textures, and experiment with both traditional and nontraditional relief printing methods. Materials like plaster, linoleum, and fabric will be employed to create a wide variety of prints. The class also focuses on learning basic printmaking techniques while balancing elements of design and concept. Emphasis will be placed on expanding the traditional boundaries of printmaking and incorporating contemporary ideas into making art.
The monotype is an unique print made in a variety of ways with a variety of media. The monotype's capacity to absorb and conform to each artist's working methods, media demands and image requirements has made this technically simple print a favorite means for artists of all disciplines to explore and develop new imagery and working processes. This one semester course will emphasize the development of each student's imagery within the context of utilizing additive, subtractive, layering, transfer and sequential processes. Dry media, oil and waterbase media and photographic based media will be used.
This studio course is an introduction to a variety of intaglio printmaking techniques including hardground etching, softground etching, aquatint and drypoint. Students will increase their knowledge of printmaking practices and methods while developing elements of design and concept. Students will also investigate the complex and varied roles of printed art in terms of concept, format and function. This includes the ‘multipart print project’ and its many structures: folios, editions, artists’ books and installation. Class assignments will borrow and utilize these forms and explore the inherent characteristics of printed art including repetition, permutation, appropriation, and public accessibility. Students will gain familiarity with safe and professional printmaking practices and develop a language for printmaking critique.
Prerequisites : PR 100
Using the work of historical and contemporary artists as a guide, this course will examine the spectrum of approaches to transferred imagery, from the unique mixed media use of silkscreen to edition and/or mass-produced images in a fine and commercial art. Assignments will be structured around the following emphases: additive / reductive image building, persuasive content, collaborative approaches, mailable and the exquisite in nature, and integrating silkscreen and other forms of stencil printing with other types of media.
Prerequisites : PR 100
This rigorous, in-depth examination of the book as an art form will introduce students to traditional bookbinding materials, structures and techniques. Regular assignments or "prompts" will present an opportunity to apply and translate those structures incorporating them into one's own studio practice. Emphasis will be on encouraging participants to tailor what is presented in class to suit their own needs and aesthetic and to explore the endless possibilities of the book. The semester will be comprised of weekly hands-on demonstrations, guided studio time, critiques and periodic field trips.
Additional Notes : Not open to first year students
The Print Major Studio course focuses on making and process. Students produce a large body of independent and consistent work using any print media. Student work is refined through a rigorous critique process and individual studio meetings with faculty. Visiting artist lectures, response papers, and class discussions of lectures, will complement the class. Students are required to attend all visiting artist lectures.
Prerequisites : (2) PR 100 or 200 level classes in the first 2 years
This course explores techniques for bringing photographic and digital imagery into traditional printmaking media. It first focuses on technical demonstrations and understanding the mechanics of Photoshop as it relates to printmaking media such as silkscreen and photo-intaglio. Through directed readings and projects on contemporary print, students assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of hand printing vs. digital output as applied to specific projects and ideas.
Prerequisites : FN 101, PR 100, OR 200 Level PR
Fine Arts - Contemporary Topics and Practice is a studio/discussion course designed to provide historical ideas, context and ground for students to more clearly define their own studio work and relationship to art history. Group conversations, field trips, in-process critiques, workshops and/or visiting artists will assist students in establishing strategies for studio research in order to isolate, identify, and pursue a meaningful subject(s) within a personal and art historical context. Students will practice voicing their attitudes, opinions and conclusions about the topics discussed in seminar and gain more confidence talking about their own practice within larger issues of history, society, and culture outside of the art world. Scheduled concurrently with other sections of junior seminar, faculty and students will have the opportunity to meet as a larger group when appropriate.
Prerequisites : Major standing
This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.
Prerequisites : Must be majoring
This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The
class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits.
Prerequisites : Major standing