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A subset of relief printmaking, linocuts are images made by carving the surface of soft linoleum blocks. Relying almost completely on our hands, we will learn to work with a variety of cutting tools, controlling their speed and pressure to create bold, clear imagery. The course will include introductions to various methods in lino printing including stencilling, collaging, reduction printing, while also familiarising students with the fundamentals of printmaking inks and papers–how to use them, choose them, modify them.
The majority of the course will be taught remotely, and students will explore ways of making prints at home, using simple tabletop tools and a baren for hand-printing (instead of the press). If deemed safe, private printing sessions can be arranged for on-campus students a few times in the semester.
Lectures will consider the history of the block print, its present day interdisciplinary potential, and virtual visits with contemporary practitioners. Students will work towards creating a diverse portfolio that demonstrates fluency across various techniques, using them individually or in combination.
Format: studio; If the number of students is large, the printshop will not be open for extended work hours - for instance, to carve your block. If small, staggered and fixed private work hours will be assigned. If deemed safe, private printing sessions will be arranged for on campus students a few times in the semester.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
quality of work, investment of time and focus, active presence in discussions and critique, attendance, inventiveness.
based on portfolio of previous work + enthusiasm.