Primary Online Resources
Printmaking on a Budget: 15 Lesson Plans for Inexpensive Printmaking in the Classroom by Bethany Robertson (56 pages, pdf).
This project was supported through a 2009 Undergraduate Research Internship through the UTK Office of Research
Short Films Demonstrating Printmaking Processes
What is the time commitment for printmaking classes?
Printmaking faculty members in the UT School of Art have developed the following formula for calculating how much work we expect in our classes:
THE FORMULA: 50 hours of work per credit (includes time both in and outside of class) For 3 credits hours, minimum expectation is 10 hours /week x 15 weeks = 150 hours/ semester. For 4 credits hours, 13.3 hours/ week x 15 weeks = 199.5 hours/ semester. For 5 credits hours, 16.6 hours/ week x 15 weeks = 249 hours/ semester. For 6 credits hours, 20 hours/ week x 15 weeks = 300/ semester.
This formula is intended as a common set of expectations of all students taking courses in printmaking. Each faculty member has additional criteria regarding qualitative assessment of student work including such things as whether the project fulfills the assignment, technical skill, composition, concept, etc.
This formula represents an average, and in many cases will represent a minimum of effort per credit. Students should note that under this formula 12 credits represents a time commitment of 40 hours/week and 15 credits is 50 hours/week. Students who have a part-time job should never expect to take more than 12 credits per semester.
While time spent in the studio does not necessarily equate to quality of work, the expectation of all students is that they are regularly and consistently involved in their studio practice. Studio work time represents time spent in the studio, printing, drawing, sketching or actively engaged in historical or technical research.
Woody Allen once stated that “eighty percent of success is showing up.” However, just being in the studio does not constitute working. It is worth noting that the last 5 to 10 percent of effort is what distinguishes the successful artist from the average one. It was Chuck Close who said “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. Work kicks open doors. In the process of doing something, other things occur to you, and you end up where you didn’t plan to be.”
Students taking 6 credit hours in Art-Print 461 or who are working on a capstone thesis semester are expected to be engaged in a rigorous creative research project based on an approved proposal that involves the production of a cohesive body of work. Taking 6 credit hours is a major commitment, and should represent at least 50% of your time in school.
Click on the following links to download the PDF files to your desktop :
Results of the Survey of Printmakers for the 2010 Mid-America Print Council Session “New and Old Generations: Teaching Printmaking” (14 page pdf).
Kevin Haas, has compiled this excellent set of handouts (as pdf’s) covering various aspects of digital applications with traditional printmaking.
Digital Basics for Printmaking
Positive Films for Screenprint
Pronto Plate Lithography
Keith Howard’s Surviving Teaching Practices in University and College Studio Art Programs.
First presented and published in 1993, Howard classifies art schools into five systems to be avoided, 1) the Jungle School, 2) The Clone School, 3) The Omnipotent School, 4) The Laissez-faire or Noninterference School and the 5) The Curriculum School of Inflexibility. Howard advocates for a more supportive and nurturing system of art education. To print this document as a two sided pamphlet on letter-size paper print document A on four sheets in a landscape orientation, and insert in the printer before printing document B. The pamphlet may be completed by saddle-stitching.
Links of Interest
The Southern Graphic Council http://sgcinternational.org/ is the largest printmaking organization in the world. Their conferences were held in Knoxville in 1992,1995 and 2015: http://web.utk.edu/~sphere/Pages/Home.html
The Mid-America Print Council http://www.midamericaprintcouncil.org/ publishes an excellent journal twice a year and holds a conference every other fall.
Printeresting.org presents a range of content relevant to the contemporary print artist, including artwork, news, resources, and critical discourse.
Art in Print is an electronic journal devoted to printmaking edited by Susan Tallman.
Georgia artist Bill Fisher has compiled an excellent resource of printmaking programs and print media artists. For the link CLICK HERE.
Internships and workshops
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Arrowmont offers print and book related art classes regularly through their summer sessions. Several assistantships are available. These are work assistantships (studio assistance, gallery installation, bookstore/storeroom sales, clerical, airport runs using the school van, etc.,) in exchange for room/board and tuition coverage. The assistantship does not cover material, lab fees or University fees for credit. To qualify for an assistantship, an individual must have at least four years of completed course work in one specific media. Summer assistantship applications are due April 1. Their Artist-In-Residence Program is designed to give pre-professional self-directed artists time and studio space to develop a major body of work in a creative community environment of students and visiting faculty. Five artists are selected annually to participate in this eleven-month program. Applications are due February 1 for the following year.
Center for the Book Arts, New York, NY.
28 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
They have many classes on bookbinding and the letterpress. Some of interest; Hands-on History of Type, When is a font not a font? Where is the lead in leading? Learn typographic history by experience as you hand set type and print it on a letterpress. See examples of early printing in The Center’s library. Students will come out of the workshop with a collaborative sampler of typefaces from The Center’s collection.
Frogman’s Printmaking Workshops
105 North 3rd Street
P.O. Box 142
Beresford, SD 57004
Held for two weeks each July, Frogman’s offers excellent one-week workshops in a variety of print processes by some of the nations best printmakers. Inexpensive housing is available in student dorms. Registrations are due at the end of April. UTK Faculty have taught in the program and several of our graduate students have been awarded the Frogman’s Graduate Student Fellowship Award.
Lower East Side Printshop
306 West 37th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10018
The Lower East Side Printshop is a not-for-profit workshop that promotes and advances the art of printmaking. They provide open access to professional printmaking facilities, financial and technical assistance to artists, innovative education programs, and public lectures and exhibitions. Their internships allow students to become involved in all aspects of running and maintaining a vibrant and diverse non-profit printmaking workshop. All of the following internships are unpaid, but can be coordinated for college students to receive credit at their academic institutions.
Penland School of Crafts
P.O. Box 37
Penland, NC 28765
Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Penland offers one, two, and eight-week workshops in books, drawing, photography, printmaking, and other mediums. The school also sponsors artists’ residencies. They have an excellent print studio, and many of our students have taken summer courses there.
Pyramid Atlantic: A Center for Printmaking, Hand Papermaking and the Art of the Book
8230 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Pyramid Atlantic offers an internship program for college students. Internship offers students the opportunity to gain experience in a professional studio while fulfilling academic requirements. Interns develop new skills and knowledge by assisting visiting artists, workshop faculty and staff in the studios and administration. Interns are involved in the papermaking, bookmaking, printmaking and graphic arts activities of Pyramid’s ongoing programs. They assist instructors, prepare materials, install exhibitions, assist with special events (such as a national Book Arts Fair and the Making Connections program) and assist administratively. On weekends, students may take numerous one or two day workshops of their choosing. Interns are unpaid, but receive free workshops (weekends and longer Summer Institute classes)with nationally recognized teachers who are a part of Pyramid’s Faculty.
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop is a not-for-profit workshop that provides open access to professional printmaking facilities, publishes editions by noted assistance artists, and offers innovative education programs, and public lectures. Their internships allow students to become involved in all aspects of running and maintaining a vibrant and diverse non-profit printmaking workshop. All of the following internships are unpaid, but can be coordinated for college students to receive credit at their academic institutions.
Santa Reparata International School of Art
Santa Reparata International School of Art is in Florence, Italy offers an internship that is worth 3 undergraduate or graduate credit hours for a three week session. Classes are six hours a day, five days a week. The shop has strengths in intaglio and monoprint processes. The use of computer generated images is highly encouraged. Students are housed in nearby apartments with single and multiple occupancy options.
Scuola internazionale di grafica
Calle Seconda del Cristo, 1798
30121 Venice, Italy
Located in Venice, Italy, this school has a printmaking and book arts assistantship. Responsibilities include maintenance of studio, preparation of materials and assistance to international students. Applicants must have a BA or BFA with concentration in Printmaking or Artist Books and should have an intermediate academic level of Italian. You are provided with accommodations, $285 a month stipend, access to materials and facilities.
Women’s Studio Workshop
P.O. Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472
This is the women’s studio workshop. It’s two hours north of New York City, in a 100 year old house surrounded by marsh and woodland. They offer fellowship grants and on site housing, with unlimited access to studios. Other grants are offered. The Women’s Studio Workshop is a full service shop with strengths in bookmaking. They also have regular visiting artists and exhibits.
UT Print Club
The UT Print Club is an official student organization of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The club works to foster the understanding and appreciation of printmaking through sponsoring visiting artists, printshop open houses and works to raise funds through print sales for students to attend the annual SGC International Conference and the Mid-America Print Council Conference. The club is open to any and all students interested in printmaking.
Through the generous support of the Cultural Affairs Board the club typically hosts three artists each academic year. A listing of visiting artists during the academic year are posted at: Visiting Artists.
President: Johanna Winters
Vice President: Miles Ingrassia
Secretary: Lila Shull
Treasurer: Baxter Stults
Design/Marketing: Spencer Grady
To join the club or find out more, email Johanna Winters.