This course will explore a merging of traditional and non-traditional printmaking media as it may be utilized in an expansive contemporary art arena. The class will introduce traditional printmaking techniques such as relief and monotype printing and will build on these foundational technologies by adapting them to the use of non-traditional and experimental materials, tools and structural formats. Students will be instructed on how to create both textural and hand-drawn elements, with a variety of image layering techniques that offer the potential to explore serial imaging as well as one-of-a-kind works. Exploration and experimentation will be at the core of in-class projects, and the end result of the course will focus on the possibilities present for creating work that evidences an expanded contemporary and conceptual vocabulary while acknowledging the vitality and applicability of traditional media. This course is intended for students at both the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, though projects and learning outcomes will differ for students requesting intermediate or advanced printmaking credit.
SRISA studio courses will have personal and course materials to be purchased in Florence. A complete list will be provided with the syllabus on the first day of class.