Course detail

Traditional printmaking techniques: context – history – praxis

FaVU-TPTCHPAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is designed as a mix of theoretical and practical training. The triadic model of education is constructed as follows: 4 x contextualization, 4 x history, 4 x workshop. Specific graphic techniques will be introduced (1) into historical context; (2) into current context of contemporary art, and then (3) tested on a practical level. The main purpose of the course is not to perfect skills in the field of graphic techniques, but to gain an overview and the ability to acknowledge the importance of the traditional media in the digital age.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Getting acquainted with the basics of the printmaking techniques on both –theoretical and practical level. Gaining understanding of their media overlaps and potential for students' own artistic application.

Prerequisites

Artistic skills and knowledge of the theory and history of art demonstrated in the entrance exam to the master's degree. Previous experience with graphic techniques is not required.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BENJAMIN, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. 1st ed. London: Penguin Books, 2008. 128 p. ISBN: 978-0141036199.
FICK, Bill – GRABOWSKI, Beth. Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials & Processes. 2nd ed. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2015. 256 p. ISBN: 978-1780671949.
GOODMAN, Nelson – ELGIN, Catherine Z. Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences. 1st ed. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1988. 188 p. ISBN: 978-0872200524.
KOVARIK, Bill. Revolutions in Communication. Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age. 1st ed. New York: Continuum Publishing Corporation. 356 p. ISBN: 978-1441114600.
MITCHELL, William John Thomas. Picture Theory. Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation. 1st ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1994. 462 p. ISBN: 978-0226532325.
PUCHNER, Martin. The Written World. The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization. 1st ed. New York: Random House Trade. 464 p. ISBN: 978-0812988277.
ROMANO, Clare – ROSS, John – ROSS, Tim. The Complete Printmaker: Techniques, Traditions, Innovation. Revised and expanded ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. 352 p. ISBN: 978-0029273722.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, discussions, practical examples of selected printmaking techniques, workshops and field trips.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The following conditions are set for granting the credit:
- active participation in classes (2 allowed unexcused absences) or submission of a task
prepared on the basis of an alternative assignment in agreement with the lecturers
- submission of completed assigned tasks
- the degree of fulfilment of the objectives of the subject is also assessed

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. 4 lectures:
1.1. Introduction (contextualization)
1.2. Information Revolution I., from invention of letterpress to steam-powered printing press 1455-1814 (history)
1.3. Information Revolution II., the key role of printing press and its decline 1814-2020 (history)
1.4. The current role of printmaking: making commodity or politics? Collectible graphics - sheets, multiples, etc. vs. DIY printing - music labels, fanzines, publishing houses, etc. (contextualization)

2. 4 field trips:
2.1. Spreading of written and pictorial information I. (history)
2.2. Spreading of written and pictorial information II. (history)
2.3. Excursion to offset printer
2.4. Contemporary forms of printmaking in Czech and international art

3. 4 workshops:
3.1. Screen printing (surface printmaking)
3.2. Screen printing (surface printmaking)
3.3. Classical printmaking: relief, intaglio
3.4. Classical printmaking: relief, intaglio

4. Final Week
Students will submit a practical task according to the assignment formulated in the first third of the course. Each project will be discussed with teachers and/or invited guests.

Aims

The aim of the course is to merge theory and practice in the field of traditional printmaking. The key objective of this semester is for the students to gradually get familiarized with the "material turn" in contemporary art.

There are number of building blicks, essential for the course:
1) Gaining understanding that this, basically conceptual turn, requires a brilliant mastery of traditional material techniques.
2) Softening the postulated rigidity of these techniques, simply creating awareness of the "area" (including either conscious or unconscious violation of its rules) can lead to a creative impulse.
3) "Material turn" can be understood very broadly, but in the context of classical printmaking it can be understood as a usage of historical techniques such as relief, intaglio, surface printmaking or planographic (lithography) and stencil methods in contemporary art practice.

The course therefore offers practical procedures in both – historical and theoretical context. Students will learn to understand the classical medium not only as a historical relic, but more importantly as a functional means for their own creation and interpretation of contemporary art.

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

Classes take place in the classrooms of FFA BUT; in the graphic workshops of the Studio of Drawing and Graphics in the hours set by the schedule and in external locations at times determined by the teachers. The minimum participation is 85%. Replacement of missed classes is possible after a discussion and agreement with the teacher in the form of alternative assignments.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme Bachelor's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective

  • Programme Master's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Practical class

10 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Field trip

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer