Image Weaving: Unorthodox Practices in Contemporary Printmaking (PRI4207.01)

Sarah Amos

This energetic class will be part project based and part experimental lab that fosters a critical and analytical viewpoint toward the Collagraph, Lithograph and Monoprint techniques while disrupting their traditional values and appearances.

These printmaking techniques will then be used as a building platform for exploring new ideas by interweaving them together. Traditional prints today often fall short of their potential and are helped by using additional printmaking methods in the same print and then adding a further layer of hand drawing or collage. When employing this process these prints will often stand out for their optical vibrancy and graphic punch.

This class will explore the versatile world of the Collagraph as our base technique. Collagraphs are extremely versatile, non toxic and are essentially an additive plate making process that is more aligned with sculpture than intaglio. They have a creative freedom that is not associated with more traditional techniques which is very liberating.

Instruction in these techniques will include various methods of plate construction using basic and advanced techniques while incorporating stencils, shaped plates, colored flats and color viscosity techniques. We will also be using a variety of matrices including plastic and cardboard to build, incise and sculpt with a variety of glues and mediums.

Prerequisites: Printmaking course work at the college or permission of instructor; please email Thorsten Dennerline (tdennerline@bennington.edu) stating your interest in course work by May 11.
Credits: 4
F 8:00am - 11:40am
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, 4000, Printmaking, Tuesday and/or Friday Mornings, Sarah Amos.