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Printmaking Courses

Intro Printmaking: Image Construction I: Line + Sequence

Course No. PRI 200  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Maggie Denk-Leigh

Printmaking grows out of an experimental approach to image construction closely aligned to both the kinetic practice of drawing and the mechanical possibilities inherent in the crafting of a matrix for reproduction. Students participating in this course will interrogate what defines a "print," using line and sequence as the visual language allowing introspection and clarification of ideological concepts. Course exploration includes intaglio and relief processes, an introduction to the history of the field, printing of a matrix supporting discoveries of the limited edition and narrative aspects of multiple impressions. The body of work students produce in this course will be informed by the history of printmaking, the critical dialogue surrounding contemporary art and print media in particular, and should reveal students' development of skill and sensitivity to the printed impression quality visually articulating the individual's aesthetic voice. Note: Open to all students as an introductory level course. Encouraged for Second and Third year students with a drawing emphasis as an Elective Studio. Required for Second Year Print Majors. Offered fall.

Intro Printmaking: Image Construction II: Color + Form

Course No. PRI 201  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barbara Chira | Christi Birchfield | Jerry Birchfield Sr

Drawing is what connects all of the art and design fields together; it is the oldest of all arts. Using printmaking to expand drawing practices will be the challenge of this course. From mark making to multiple layered prints, this course will challenge image building to address form and color generating multiple and unique impressions. This lithography and experimental studio enables the student to develop a body of work while meeting the technical and conceptual challenges of the lithographic process. Students build matrices through drawing, painting, stencils, toner transfers and digital files, on stone, aluminum plates and polyester pates. This allows the student to work with a variety of process that can be intertwined to create multiply possibilities. Notes: Open to all students as an introductory level course. Encouraged for Second and Third year students with a drawing emphasis as an Elective Studio. Required for Second Year Print Majors. Offered spring.

Performance Art

Course No. VAT 280-380-480  Credits: 3.0

Performance art is and has been an open genre, a place to experiment with ideas, materials and time. For this course, the working definition of “performance art” is — a piece which uses a live body, exists in time, and is non-linear. This class is an introduction to performance art designed for students who are shy and apprehensive about performing and students who are extroverted and at ease in front of groups. Workshops include: developing a language of movement, gesture, and stance; developing a range of low-tech sound, lighting and video; juxtaposing activity, image, sound and text; structuring or building a piece; and documentation. We will consider singular actions, interventions and other strategies for generating and developing ideas for performance work. Student work for this class has been diverse and has included costume-based work, work using endurance as a central tactic, collaborative work, public intervention, interactive and site-specific work. Skills in editing video and sound, installation, animation are useful, but not required.

Printmaking: Advanced Topics

Course No. PRI 35X-45X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Maggie Denk-Leigh

This is an advanced studio supporting the student in the refinement of their visual voice and skill level as realized in the production of prints and supporting studio work. Faculty and students develop the outline of course work for the semester through individual and group critiques encouraging the cultivation of their visual erudition and assisting in the student’s development Possible combinations of the various techniques for single or multiple impressions are addressed. The student develops the ability to discern qualities unique to the field through material presented in lectures and hands-on demonstrations of technical processes and procedures. As the student engages in the production of a body of work, they become informed of the particular characteristics and advantages of print as a medium and develop the ability to critically respond to aesthetics and concepts both within and beyond the field. Required senior year, Fall.

Printmaking: Advanced Topics

Course No. PRI 350-450  Credits: 3.0

This is an advanced studio supporting the student in the refinement of their visual voice and skill level as realized in the production of prints and supporting studio work. Faculty and students develop the outline of course work for the semester through individual and group critiques encouraging the cultivation of their visual erudition and assisting in the student’s development. Possible combinations of the various techniques for single or multiple impressions are addressed. The student develops the ability to discern qualities unique to the field through material presented in lectures and hands-on demonstrations of technical processes and procedures. As the student engages in the production of a body of work, they become informed of the particular characteristics and advantages of print as a medium and develop the ability to critically respond to aesthetics and concepts both within and beyond the field. Offered fall.

Printmaking: Internship

Course No. PRI 499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by- case basis for an internship developed by student through the career services office, with advance permission of instructor and head of department.

Propaganda: Media, Dissemination, Technique

Course No. PRI 240-340-440  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Maggie Denk-Leigh

From punk bands to political rallies, different techniques have been used to create attention- grabbing graphics. Through a variety of projects in this course, students will explore a range of techniques including approaches to screen-printing from simple stencil making methods; direct drawing on the screens; to a variety of ways to use photo emulsion, including the integration of digital imaging software. The emphasis of this class is the development of rich personal imagery and the relationship of form working with content to effectively communicate ideas. This course is for students from all levels and majors. Notes: Open Elective. Encouraged for Third/Fourth year students as an Elective Studio. Required for Fourth Year Print Majors.

Role of the Artist as Producer

Course No. VAT 400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Tranberg | Lane Cooper

Contemporary artists have a multitude of ways they can engage with the larger world, beyond the realm of the gallery or museum. Students enrolled in this course will explore various models of artistic production including, but not limited to, performer, activist, curator and provocateur. The relationship between method of creation and idea, or the handmade versus the industrial, will be investigated. Additionally, assignments will challenge students to analyze the content of their artwork within local, national, and global contexts. Coursework will include studio work, readings, discussion, and critiques. Required for VAT seniors in all majors. Open as an elective with approval of instructor. Offered fall.

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Barbara Chira

Academic Director, Cores + Connections; Adjunct Professor of Art, Foundatio

On faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 2006, Barbara Chira has also been Academic Director of CIA'...more

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