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.