ARTS 236
What a Relief! An introduction to relief printing Fall 2022
Division I
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What is a relief print? Relief printing is when you carve into a printing block that you then use to press onto paper and make a print. The course will include introductions to various methods in relief printing, including linocut, collagraph, stenciling, chine-collé, reduction printing, and experimental approaches. Students will learn to work with a variety of cutting tools, the fundamentals of printmaking inks and papers, and how to use both the printing press as well as DIY hand-pressing techniques. This course will also introduce the traditions of relief printmaking and its present day interdisciplinary potential. We will also consider the history of relief as tied to resistance work, political movements, and collaboration. After a series of five major assignments, the semester will conclude with a student-guided final project where cross disciplinary and approaches will be welcome.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1904
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: completion of work, investment of time and focus, active presence in discussions and critique, attendance, inventiveness.
Prerequisites: Any 100 level studio art class
Enrollment Preferences: based on portfolio of previous work + enthusiasm.
Materials/Lab Fee: $300-$550 charged to term bill. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division I

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