Fall 2018 Course Schedule 
Spring 2019 Course Schedule
Fall 2019 Course Schedule
Spring 2020 Course Schedule

 

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    PR 100

    Intro to Printmaking Techniques 

    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.

    Prerequisites : None

    3 credits
    PR 120

    Relief Methods

    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.

    Prerequisites : None. Required to major in Painting

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/ week.

    3 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 204

    Topics in Print: Transformative Prints

    The medium of print is part of our everyday lives in ways both profound and subtle and can be underappreciated in it's ubiquity. Used in clothing, shelter and even on the body, prints can take any form, structured or fluid, and adapt to reveal, enhance, camouflage, obscure and more. In this course we will explore how to wield and exploit various styles of printmaking from screen printing, collagraph, relief prints and more to explore printmaking beyond the 2D plane; as sculptural objects, book forms, wearables, adornment and more. To accomplish this, students will learn various technical skills such as alternative print surface options, basic 2D to 3D pattern development, armature design, basic hand and machine sewing, and a range of alternative and glue-based fastening systems.

    Prerequisites : One printmaking elective and FN 101.

    3 credits
    PR 208

    Juxtaposition, Sequence and Seriality

    Combine old and new printmaking technologies to explore how found and created images, marks and text interrelate and forward (or thwart) intended meanings through juxtaposition, layering, repetition and variation. Students will create sequential prints that utilize different stages of the same matrix, as with reductive woodcut. Making series and sets of prints using screen, relief and letterpress printing, students will also employ additional techniques of their own volition. Beginning with an intensive exercise to develop a series of ideas and images, students will begin or continue to develop a visual vocabulary, amassing a collection of images that inform their work throughout the semester. Students will consider audience and how display influences reception of serial and sequential work.

    Prerequisites : At least one printmaking elective and FN 101.

    3 credits
    PR 230

    (PE) Topics in Print: Artist PUBLICations

    This course will focus on the production of small run artist books, zines and publications. Utilizing the disciplines of Xerography, Screen Printing, and Relief students will create multiple projects in themes ranging from visual narrative to public educational material. Print technique, sequential design, and exhibition and dissemination will be a critical focus of each project. Partnering with a local organization, students will examine the implications of creating work for a wide audience and the alternative delivery systems inherent within these partnerships. Discussions and practice of collaboration, social practice and public engagement will be central to the theme of this course. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: PR100 or one other printmaking elective.

    Prerequisites : PR100 or one other printmaking elective. Designed for students with an interest in, or in the Public Engagement Minor, but open to all students from any major.

    Additional Notes : Elective; 6 hours/week.

    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 : (2) PR 100 or 200 level classes in the first 2 years

    Additional Notes : Major requirement: 6 credits/semester; 12 hours/week.

    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