Riso Printing: Photographs (PHO2209.01)

Veronica Melendez

A Risograph is a digital duplicator designed for high volume print jobs. Using technology that plays off of screen printing and color copiers, Riso prints retain a unique handmade aesthetic while having the convenience of digital editing and reproduction.

In this class students will learn how to print photographs using a Risograph Duplicator. The first 7 weeks of this course will focus on getting the basics down and will offer time to experiment with different Riso printing techniques and paper types. The second half of the course will focus on individual projects that can range from an editioned set of photographic prints to creating a photo Riso zine. Throughout this course students will be introduced to contemporary BIPOC artists working with Risograph Duplicators and will gain knowledge on the ins and outs of the current resurgence of Riso printing. Although there is no previous experience required, it is strongly recommended that students be knowledgeable of digital image files and have some familiarity with Adobe Photoshop. This software will be heavily used throughout the course for color separation, editing, and general prepress processes.


Learning Outcomes:
Become proficient in using the Risograph Duplicator
Understand how to separate color images using Adobe Photoshop
Experiment with different soy based inks and paper
Use critical thinking to justify printing choices
Gain knowledge of contemporary artists working with Risograph Duplicators


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
Tu 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: Two Credit , 2000 , All courses , Photography , Fully In-Person
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