Elective Printmaking: Special Topics

Spring 2006
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30 - 7:30

Lisa Bulawsky, Instructor
(314) 935-6571

Eric Repice, GTA


Course Description
This is a studio course in printmaking that explores the ideology of print as a cultural activity. While holding to an experimental and expansive notion of what printmaking is, we will take a step back from the contemporary notion of the print as a vehicle for "fine art." 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 also embrace the definition of “guerilla” as subversive, unpredictable, insurgent, seditious, provocative, covert, underground, resistant, and irregular. But NOT illegal or destructive.

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 - February 2
Project 2 - February 28
Project 3 - March 28
Final - April 27

Keep an eye on the calendar in the print studio for information on the schedule. Demos, field trips, slide lectures, etc. will be posted there. We will use class time to learn print techniques as well as look at slides, videos, and prints. If there is no lecture, demonstration, or other activity planned then that day is a work day.

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 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. attendance

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.