»MICA's Undergrad Printmaking Dept's day-to-day…

Visiting Artist George Walker

Department — KVH @ 2:30 pm, Monday, November 16th, 2015

Join the Printmaking Department in welcoming George Walker, Artist, Printmaker, and Master Wood Engraver, and author, hailing from Ontario, CA.


George Walker is an Associate Professor in Bookarts at the Ontario College of Art & Design and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He is the author of The Woodcut Artist’s Handbook: Techniques & Tools for Relief Printmaking. He is the owner of Biting Dog Press, and the graphic novel acquisitions editor for the Porcupine’s Quill.

George Walker will be presenting his work and lecturing in Dolphin 104 (Lithography) on Friday, Nov. 20th at 10AM.

Printmaking Seminar exhibition

Department,Exhibitions — faculty @ 4:10 pm, Thursday, November 12th, 2015


“Parts to Whole,” an exhibition of prints from the Printmaking Seminar, is on view in the Main Zero Gallery through November 16.

Please join us for a reception Friday, November 13, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Spring ’16 Globe Internships!

Globe,Internships — KVH @ 1:35 pm, Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Globe Collection Studio at MICA is currently taking applications for Spring 2016 Internships! 

globe burlesque posters

Globe studio interns will learn the basics of letterpress and screen printing, or, if already proficient, improve their skills in these crafts by working on internal and external projects. (Recent Globe projects have included posters for Sanrio for the first-ever Hello Kitty Con and the “Pump Me Up” exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.) Interns will learn more about the collection by proofing cuts and type to help with archiving those items. Interns will help to keep the letterpress studio and Globe archive room in the Dolphin Printmaking building organized and ready for printing and other projects, and will safeguard the collection and tools in the letterpress studio by monitoring the studio’s use. Interns will work to develop a stronger appreciation for and knowledge of Globe through branding, social media, design projects, and community outreach, both at MICA and in the broader community.

More info is available on the MICA Network site, and anyone interested in applying should click the More Info link at the top of that page. If you have trouble finding it, log in to the MICA Network Student Site and search for listing #11948.

Here’s a student blog post from June 2014 about the internship on the Mica Internships blog for some first-hand account.

New Classes, Spring ’16!

Department — KVH @ 3:02 pm, Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 3.00.29 PM

We have a few new or revised classes in the Printmaking Dept. this coming Spring.

Globe Poster Remix This is an update of the Globe Poster class with Bob Cicero, brought into under Printmaking Department’s offerings. (Previous Globe classes have been GD courses.)

In this artists’ intensive, students will traverse the history of the showcard print — as defined by the iconic Globe Poster Printing Corp., best known for its eye-popping, content-rich designs of music posters — and push it forward to contemporary practice. The course is taught by Bob Cicero, former owner of Globe Poster and master printer in letterpress and screenprinting, and will feature a collaborative project with a visiting artist. In 2011, MICA acquired many of Globe’s assets — extensive wood type, photo and illustration cuts, hand-carved lettering, and sketches and posters. Using these materials, students will learn the crafts of letterpress printing and screenprinting through the lens of the vintage showcard print, from setting wood type to rainbow rolls to handcut blocks and rubyliths. Students will design and print a number of posters, first learning the style of Globe and then building on that foundation to make their own mark on the art of poster-making. The guest artist will work with Bob Cicero and students in this course to set the scope of the work and develop a limited edition print.

Artist’s Books: Visual Poetics  & Offset Printing This is a new version of the Artist’s Books class, taught by a new faculty member Isabel Lederman.

Introduction course to artist books will cover the basics of simple book structures, the relationship of text and image, papermaking, digital file set-up, and offset printing. The course will take a field trip to a library institution to view historic chapbooks as well as read current poetry chapbooks to develop poetic craft. Using these resources the course will investigate writing exercises and visual components, placement of text and image, use of negative space and semiotic hypertext as a way to introduce artist book structures. Students will be required to purchase a blank notebook to take notes as well as participate in workshopping projects throughout the semester. Students will learn papermaking to create covers for their artist books. Students will learn file preparation using Adobe programs to prepare for offset printing. Once artist books are complete, students will be required to submit work to upcoming call for entries. This is course is open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate students.

Print & Technology This is a completely new course, years in the planning, utilizing new print media, digital applications, photographic processes, and incorporating a wide range of technology into making prints. Taught by Jonathan Thomas.

This course examines the various ways technology has expanded conceptual and procedural possibilities for making prints. New print media, digital applications, photographic processes, alternate presentation formats and the resources of the art tech center and digital fabrication lab will be fully explored and utilized in the creation of artworks. Students will perform a series of procedure based assignments throughout the semester that culminates in an independent project. Students will engage in reading and writing and discussion specific to technological developments in printmaking, the integration of digital works flows with traditional techniques and interdisciplinary thinking.

If you have questions these or any upcoming Spring 2016 classes, don’t hesitate to ask Jonathan Thomas or your current faculty member.

Check out the incredible show by PR senior Gabbi Grill!

Department — faculty @ 11:07 am, Thursday, October 15th, 2015

sunset blush flyer

SVA reps

Department — faculty @ 1:30 pm, Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 2.28.01 PM


Fall 2015 Dept. Meeting

Department — KVH @ 9:49 am, Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Dept Meeting Fall 2015

2015-2016 Workstudy in Printmaking!

Department — KVH @ 11:45 am, Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Hello all you lovely Majors, Concentrators, and lovers of Print! The Printmaking Dept. is looking for awesome students to be awesome workstudy this fall and spring. If you’re a full-time student and want to work in the department this year, please click over to the MICA HR page listing for Printmaking Workstudy. Workstudy-eligible Majors & Concentrators are strongly encouraged to apply.

End of Semester, Spring 2015

Department — KVH @ 9:18 am, Thursday, April 30th, 2015

It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN! Here are all the important dates, deadlines, and reminders to finish the semester.

final countdown

Classes end on Friday, May 8th.
All studio supplies are being put away THAT MORNING, Friday May 8th. No studio work will be allowed in the studios after 9AM on Friday, May 8th. No exceptions.

The last day for studio access is Monday, May 11th at Noon. All drawers and lockers must be vacated by this time.*

Returning Majors and Concentrators must label their drawers with the appropriate Fall ’15 tags. Up to 2 drawers per Major and 1 drawer per Concentrator. Lockers may not be kept through the Summer. All non-majors and non-concentrators must vacate all drawers. Tags will be available on every floor by Friday, May 1st.*

All drawers without proper labels will be emptied.

All personal screens must be taken home. Personal screens left behind will become department property. Please note also – this is a prime time for screens to be stolen. Keep yours locked up, and take it home as soon as you’re finished with it. You have been warned.*

Book Concentrators must empty their drawers in Fox 418.

There is no summer access to Dolphin, except for students actively enrolled in a CS class.

Printer Hours will continue through Thursday, May 7th on their regular schedule. There will be no printer hours beginning Friday, May 8th.

Seniors – you will be installing your Thesis Exhibition the week of May 11th. YOU MUST vacate your studios by Friday, May 15th at 5 PM. All trash must be taken to the 1st floor. The only things that should remain in your studios are the table and flat files. Returning seniors must pack up their studios to allow for summer cleaning.

*All screens, supplies, or oversized materials that are left behind will be mercilessly tossed or taken over by the department. No exceptions.

Good luck with your finals!
Have a great Summer, everyone!

Spring Dept. Meeting Wednesday!

Department — KVH @ 1:01 pm, Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

dept mtg

Next Page »
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
(c) 2015 MICA Printmaking | powered by WordPress with an adapted version ofBarecity | design by May Yang