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BFA Spring 2020 – Course Catalog

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    PR 201

    Intaglio Printmaking

    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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: PR 100.

    Prerequisites : PR 100

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/ week.

    3 credits
    PR 245

    Monotypes: Painterly Prints

    The monotype is the bridge between painting and printmaking. It is a unique process in which artists can use a combination of painting and printmaking techniques. Painters ranging from Rembrandt to Degas, to Matisse, to Jasper Johns have used this approachable and direct way of printmaking to experiment and explore themes within their work. Contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin, Chris Ofili, and Cecily Brown continue make monotypes that exist in the space between painting and printmaking. This course builds upon students’ experience in earlier painting and printmaking courses by using monotype techniques as a starting point. Working with oil and water-based media, students will explore how paint/ink application and transfer methods impact the content of their work. They will work with a wide variety of monotype methods and will experiment with a broad range of painting and printmaking materials. Researching one content thread throughout the semester, students will blend painting and printmaking approaches to create a portfolio of images. Approaches covered include single and multi-layered monotypes, water-based silkscreen monotypes, transfer prints, collage and Chine-collé, as well as mixed-media methods.

    Prerequisites : PR 100 or PT 100.

    3 credits
    PR 302

    Printmaking Majors Studio

    The emphasis of this course is on the development and enhancement of your studio practice and the production of a cohesive body of work. The primary focus will be on your work, looking specifically at how you articulate your ideas, the quality and quantity of your work and your contextualization of what you make. Student work is refined through a rigorous critique process and individual studio meetings with faculty. Moving through a range of assignments and projects, students build skills and acquire the knowledge to critically position their work within the larger historical and conceptual framework that defines print. Studio assignments, readings, topical seminars, writing assignments, research presentations, digitechs, critique, visiting artist workshops and special projects present students with new ideas and ways of making. Students will increase their communication and critical thinking skills through critiques, studio visits and artists talks, where you will present your work and the broader ideas surrounding it.

    Prerequisites : PR 301

    3 credits
    PR 305

    Pixels to Ink

    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. Required course for Printmaking majors.

    Prerequisites : FN 101 or equivalent digital imaging experience, PR100, or any 200 level print elective, Required course for print majors.

    3 credits
    PR 402

    Printmaking Majors Studio

    The emphasis of this course is on the development and enhancement of your studio practice and the production of a cohesive body of work. The primary focus will be on your work, looking specifically at how you articulate your ideas, the quality and quantity of your work and your contextualization of what you make. Student work is refined through a rigorous critique process and individual studio meetings with faculty. Moving through a range of assignments and projects, students build skills and acquire the knowledge to critically position their work within the larger historical and conceptual framework that defines print. Studio assignments, readings, topical seminars, writing assignments, research presentations, digitechs, critique, visiting artist workshops and special projects present students with new ideas and ways of making. Students will increase their communication and critical thinking skills through critiques, studio visits and artists talks, where you will present your work and the broader ideas surrounding it.

    Prerequisites : PR 301 and PR 302 

    Additional Notes : Major requirement: 3 credit, 6 hours per week or 6 credit option, 12 hours/week.

    6 credits
    SEM 353

    3YR Seminar: Fine Art Topics - Practice

    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

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    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

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/ 6 hours per semester.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits