Upon completion of the course, students are expected to:
• Understand the fundamental aesthetic and plastic values of white, black, line and tonal woodcutting and lino-cutting or carving on any other relevant substrate.
• Be confident to execute a series of single and multiple-plate b&w and colour prints on handmade papers.
• Be familiar with the principle of the “printmaker’s eye”, which is the principle of the vertical-axis (looking downwards) construction of an image or composition.
• Be familiar with the printing techniques and understand the proper use of relevant workshop equipment, tools and presses.
• Understand the concept and the notion of the multiple and the significance of image reproduction by running small size print-editions.
• Be familiar with the history of Relief Printing in fine arts through lectures that will help them to deeply comprehend the aesthetic priorities of each era.
• Get inducted to health & safety matters and workshop safety guidelines, as far as it concerns, individual use of specific tools and equipment.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to Printmaking and training on the fundamental techniques of Relief Printing through scheduled workshop projects based on observation and visual memory studies. During the first semester, it is critical that a) students familiarise themselves with the history of the Relief Printing processes in Western culture since era of Guttenberg and up to the 20th century via workshop lectures, and that b) through consistent workshop practice they strengthen, deconstruct and reconstruct their already acquired drawing skills. As a result, the student research materialises and manifests itself in the workshop in a climate of collaboration and exchange of opinions that promotes critical thinking.