GUERILLA PRINTMAKING

Spring 2009
Tuesday/Thursday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Lisa Bulawsky, Instructor
lbulawsk@wustl.edu
(314) 935-6571

 

Course Description
This is a studio course in printmaking that explores the ideology of print as a cultural activity. The emphasis of this course will be on looking at prints in a social and historical sense, at the role prints play in culture, and ultimately at the role we have in this culture as artists making prints. Through our projects we will embrace the value of printmaking as a “democratic medium.” Our primary weapon will be in the domain of distribution. We will embrace the definition of “guerilla” as subversive, unpredictable, insurgent, seditious, provocative, covert, underground, resistant, and irregular. But NOT illegal or destructive. In many cases, our projects may redefine what “guerrilla” is, by being in fact constructive, generous, and optimistic.

Strategies for projects done in this class may include site specific work, audience participation projects, performative work, ephemera produced around an event, time-based work, etc.

This is a conceptually based class, not a process/technique class. We will certainly learn and use print techniques to accomplish our goals, but technique will often be dictated by the ideas or needs of each project AND will not be limited to the traditional forms of printmaking. In other words, low-tech/low-cost alternatives and philosophically relevant approaches will be part of the mix.

Also, much of the work done in this class will be collaborative. You will be working in collaborative groups or collectives to accomplish projects. Collaboration provides the opportunity to draw on each other’s strengths and build upon your own. Every one is expected to put in 100%. Working in groups does not lessen your responsibility, it increases it. People will be depending on you.

There will be 3 assigned, collaborative projects and a final project of your own choosing that may be either collaborative or individual. For each project, you will design, implement, document, and ultimately present your projects to the class. Due dates for projects and presentation dates are as follows:

Project 1 -                    January 27
Project 2 -                    February 17
Project 3 -                    March 24
Final Project -             April 23

In addition to these projects, each student will be responsible for researching and presenting the work of a guerrilla artist or collective to the class. These short presentations will take place at the beginning of class on many Thursdays, beginning in February. The date of your presentation will be determined randomly.

Also, part of your responsibility to this course will be to attend lectures through the Sam Fox Public Lecture Series. You are required to turn in tickets for at least 3 lectures that you attend during the semester. See the Sam Fox School web site for the calendar and details on visiting artists at: http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/Calendar/

Attendance
Your attendance is required at all class meetings. Please come to class on time; demonstrations will typically take place at the beginning of class. If you are late, it is not only disruptive, but you will miss crucial technical information that will not be repeated.

Class Demeanor
The nature of printmaking dictates that it be done under one common roof. The notion of the “atelier” (workshop) is founded on the will of the artist-printers to cooperate with each other and to respect and be responsible for the shared equipment and special materials. This is vital to the success of the class and you as an individual. You are expected to clean up everything you use, every time you use it, always!!!

Tom Reed, shop technician and student monitors will oversee the print shop and check out tools and equipment to elective students outside of class time. Monitor hours will be posted as soon as possible. You may only work in the shop during class time or monitor hours.

Supplies may be purchased during class time, or at other times from Tom Reed.

Grades
Grades will be based on:
1. completion of all assignments demonstrating creativity and facility with assigned concepts and techniques
2. overall effort, improvement, and enthusiasm including participation during critiques and discussions
3. peer and self evaluations
4.
attendance

 

Materials List

Printmaking Department
sintra plates
photo litho plates
pronto plates
rhoplex

Hardware Store
protective gloves
apron
wood

Campus Store or other art supply
assorted printmaking papers
standard tarlatan
sponges
linoleum

Miscellaneous
assorted brushes
journal/notebook
plexiglass
CD – RWs
Jump drive

 

 

Special note: Neither the university nor the instructor will be held responsible for any student actions that are inappropriate, illegal, or not in compliance with state, city, and university codes.

University Student Judicial Code, Section 1E

Violations of Local, State and Federal Law: Students may be accountable to both governmental authorities and to the University for acts which constitute violations of law and this Code. Student conduct allegedly constituting a felony or misdemeanor offense may be referred to appropriate law enforcement agencies for prosecution. Disciplinary proceedings at the University will not be subject to challenge on the ground that criminal charges involving the same incident have been filed, prosecuted, dismissed, reduced or otherwise resolved or that such proceedings constitute double jeopardy.