Course detail

Studio III - Drawing and Printmaking - winter

FaVU-B3GR-ZAcad. year: 2019/2020

Students utilize acquired knowledge about drawing and graphics towards discovering new possibilities and media. The emphasis of the third year of the studies is to work outside of known boundaries, conceptual overlaps and stepping into the unknown through creative experiments. Team adheres to the 'studio rules' and develops advanced traditional techniques both collaboratively and individually. These techniques are conceptualized and critically judged by students. During their studies, students regularly travel to nearby art metropolis. Visits to ongoing exhibits, art centers, independent culture platforms and studios all contribute to broadening students' horizons and encourage them to challange the way they contemplate about presence and future.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Ability to work with acquired graphic techinques (linocut, dry point, monotype,transfer/copier process and imprinting) extending beyond the chosen medium. Advanced experience with linear and diary small-format drawings. Practical experience with themes utilizing drawing 'genres'. Understanding the possibilities of conceptual utilization of mass reproduction graphic techniques - processability, materiality, recording, reduction and their innovative creative transformation. Utilizing classic drawing and graphic techniques in practice, ability to create an individual project requiring minimal supervision.


Acquiring both theoretical and practical experience, understanding possibilities of conceptual utilization of mass reproduction graphic techniques, mastering screen printing.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Emma Dexter, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (EN)
Vladimír Kokolia, Slovník Grafiky 2, 2008
Helena Zápalková-Zdenka Lindovská, Umění grafiky: grafické techniky v průběhu šesti století (CS)
Antonín Odehnal, Grafické techniky (CS)
Časopis X
Don Thompson, Jak prodat vycpaného žraloka za 12 milionů dolarů (CS)
Omar Kholeif (ed.) You Are Here. Art Afer the Internet (EN)
Helena Bendová, Matěj Strnad (eds.), Spoločenské vědy a audiovize (CS)
Kenneth Beittel, Mind and Context in the Art of Drawing (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

At the beginning of the semester, the initiation of artistic research and consultation of pre-arranged individual themes takes place.The course is followed by regular group consultations of the supervisor and assistant of the atelier with the students over the approved semestral assignments. During the semester, individual tasks are individually assigned for each student or year.Regular presentations of completed semester work by external professionals.Part of the lessons are technological workshops for the semester (theme).Work on projects, visits to exhibitions and commented tours, plenipotentiaries.Teachers encourage students to actively discuss and present their work results. Both in the school field and in the gallery art practice. Student works, presentations, lectures, tutorials, debates, excursions, study of literature.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

In order to receive credit for the class, given conditions must be met:

-presence and participation in all mandatory regular consultations of semester projects (once a week)
-active participation in regular atelier projects and their consequent presentation (twice per semester)
-ability to reflect/accept recommendations resulting from consultations of semester projects
-fulfilling given tasks
-participation in atelier workshops and collaborative projects
-participation in the plenary
-evident interest in contemporary art

Presence is confirmed by signing the attendance list. One unexcused absence is allowed per semester.

Atelier exam is evaluated by a commission.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Independent and continuous studio work, regular studio consultations with the studio leader (every week), participation on the joint studio projects, active participation in the regular studio critiques (usually 2 per semester), participation in joint studio workshops, extracurricular art activities, presentation of semestral project in front of the commission, public presentation of the semestral project within open days Enter FaVU.

1. Definition of the topic of artistic research or the author's project (alteration in the form of a possible atelier assignment).
2. Brainstorming, artistic research, experimentation, verification, variation.
3. Presentation and defense of studio criticism.
4. Participation in all joint events - namely plain-air workshop, studio workshops, excursions and events according to the program of the entire studio.
5. Installation, presentation and defense of semestral work.
6. Participation in a public presentation on an open day.


This intermedially focused course is based on classical drawing and printmaking techiques which are constantly examined, verified and critically thematised. Its aim is to further develop individual work which student achieves by working in the studio on own topics with clearly formulated intention adequate to contemporary field problems and tendencies. Student is taught to pick his/her author’s means, concepts or approaches to realization autonomously and at advanced level.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Mandatory regular consultation of semester project (weekly), active participation and presentation of created studio works at regular studio examinations (twice per semester), participating on studio workshops and collaborative studio projects, evident interest in the contemporary art.
Attendance list. Proven continuous work on the school premises.
A single absence at studio consultations is allowed.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUB Bachelor's

    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 15 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


156 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer