PURCHASE COLLEGE CATALOG 2016–18
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Note: In sequenced courses (e.g., I, II, III, IV), successful completion of each course is a prerequisite for the next course in the sequence. For example, VPR 3670/Art of the Book I is a prerequisite for VPR 3680/Art of the Book II.
Introduction to Intaglio
VPR 2100 / 3 credits / Every semester
Using metal or plastic plates, students explore intaglio printmaking. A variety of techniques are taught, such as engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint, spit bite, sugar lift, soft ground, and photo transfer. Students are expected to produce a body of work engaging these processes. Individual and group critiques occur on a regular basis.
Introduction to Lithography
VPR 2110 / 3 credits / Every semester
Lithography is the closest printmaking technique to direct drawing. Students are taught how to create images on both lithographic stones and aluminum plates. The goal is for students to develop a series of personal images that emphasize the graphic potential inherent in lithography. Individual and group critiques challenge students’ methods and ideas while aiming to improve their skills.
Introduction to Silkscreen
VPR 2120 / 3 credits / Every semester
Through demonstrations, discussions, and critiques, students learn to use a variety of silkscreen techniques to create multilayered images on paper or other surfaces. The immediacy, versatility, and photographic possibilities that are unique attributes of this medium challenge students to visualize their expressive works in new ways and bring their imagery to an increasing level complexity, depth, and refinement.
Introduction to Woodcut
VPR 2130 / 3 credits / Every semester
Woodcutting is the oldest printmaking technique and the most practiced method of creating prints throughout the world. In this course, wood or medium density fibreboard (MDF), a composite material, is engraved and cut to incise images into the wood surface. The emphasis is on creating prints with graphic power, complex patterning, and variety of mark making. Other unorthodox techniques, such as reduction printing, multiblock prints, and puzzle prints, are also explored.
Introduction to Papermaking
VPR 2250 / 3 credits / Fall
Papermaking is a particularly flexible and adaptable medium that blends aspects of printmaking, painting, and sculpture. In this course, paper is explored in both its flat, two-dimensional aspect and as a three-dimensional sculptural object. Students learn how paper is made by viewing demonstrations of pulping, dying, pressing, pouring, casting, and spraying paper pulp.
Drawing Through Print
VPR 2300 / 3 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
Explores the use of printmaking and drawing techniques to create unique works while allowing experimentation and a more open adaptation of printmaking. Students are introduced to such techniques as monotype, stencil, photo transfer, collage, collograph, chine collé, and embossing. Assignments help students develop the ability to use drawing and printmaking as tools for inquiry and studio experimentation.
The History of Printmaking
VPR 2500 / 3 credits / Spring
In this survey of the historical significance of printmaking, the focus is on understanding the history of print media and its influence on culture in Europe, Asia, and the New World. Students explore both the history of printmaking and its intertwined relationship to the history of art. Of prime concern are the unique and distinct characteristics of each printmaking process.
VPR 3250 / 3 credits / Fall
In this continuation of VPR 2250, students are required to produce a body of work using a variety of papermaking techniques, in consultation with the instructor.
Prerequisite: VPR 2250
Experiments and Mixed Media and Multiples
VPR 3320 and 3325 / 3 credits (per course)
Special topic (offered irregularly)
These courses begin to address the ever-changing landscape of the various media within printmaking. In response to special themes, innovations, and new techniques/equipment, each semester features a different topic of exploration. Students create a body of work that embraces the issues at hand. Critiques, readings, studio visits, and field trips supplement the coursework. Open to students in other disciplines on a space-available basis with permission of instructor.
Prerequisite: VIS 1070 and either VPR 2100, 2110, 2120, or 2130 (or equivalent)
VPR 3330 / 3 credits / Fall
In preparation for the professional world, students are exposed to contemporary practices in printmaking and to the New York art world through visits to museum study rooms, artists’ studios, print workshops, publishers, artists’ collectives, and other venues. Topics include portfolio development, résumé writing, artists’ statements, applying for grants, project proposals, and looking at ways that one’s work overlaps and intersects with the larger context of printmaking and contemporary art. Student-funded travel required.
Prerequisite: VPR 2100, 2110, 2120, and 2130 and junior standing
VPR 3380 / 3 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
Explores large-scale and monumental works that expand the definition of printmaking. Such projects as installations, interventions, and site-specific works are made within the framework of print-based concepts and methods. Students are introduced to oversize printing techniques, repeat imagery for large-scale works, and unconventional printing surfaces.
Prerequisite: VIS 1070 and either VPR 2100, 2110, 2120, or 2130
Special Topics in Printmaking
VPR 3440 / 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in printmaking. Topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: VPR 2100, 2110, 2120, and 2130 and junior standing
VPR 3550 / 3 credits / Spring
Monotype is a bridge between painting and printmaking. Students use brushes, paints, inks, rollers, and drawing implements to create unique prints from a Plexiglas or metal plate. The nature of the process allows students the freedom to work in a direct, spontaneous manner leading to gestural images and textured surfaces.
Prerequisite: Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior visual arts major, or permission of instructor
Art of the Book I and II
VPR 3670 and 3680 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every semester
In this two-course sequence, all aspects of the limited-edition artist’s book are explored. Students are taught that, by the act of turning pages, they can express the continuity of an idea flowing through a near-cinematic continuum. Students realize the potential of narrative, sequence, and pacing, together with the importance of combining word and image. Discussions include letterpress, binding, other bookmaking techniques, and printmaking media.
Prerequisite: VPR 2100, 2110, 2120, and 2130
Junior Printmaking Studio I and II
VPR 3880 and 3890 / 3 credits (per course)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Building on techniques learned in VPR 2100, 2110, 2120, and 2130, students are introduced to advanced color, multiplate, and digital printing. Students are expected to produce a cohesive and well-crafted portfolio of prints. Critiques, discussions, and field trips enhance the class experience.
VPR 3950 Refer to VPD 3950 in Painting and Drawing Courses for description.
Senior Printmaking Studio I and II
VPR 4880 and 4890 / 3 credits (per course)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Prepares students to develop an advanced studio practice and create a series of exhibition quality prints. Students design a project resulting in a thematic or narrative portfolio or an artist’s book. Visits to exhibitions, museums, and artist studios are included.
Senior Project for Printmaking (Two Semesters)
PRT 4990 / 3 credits (per semester) / Every semester
The two-semester, 6-credit senior project is required for all printmaking majors in their senior year. It is an intensive independent study undertaken with faculty sponsorship, in which students pursue a particular theme or topic as a culmination of their undergraduate experience. A written thesis and visual documentation of the project must be submitted to the Library before graduation.
Senior Project for Printmaking (One Semester)
PRT 4991 / 6 credits / Every semester
This is a one-semester variant of the PRT 4990 requirement. Students who wish to pursue their entire senior project in one semester register with this course number.
Prerequisite: Permission of the senior project advisor and the director of the School of Art+Design
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