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Student Resources

Primary Online Resources

Print Bibliography:
Philagraphika's Working States:
Southern Graphics Council Website:
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

Intaglio: Video 1
Lithography: Video 2
Relief: Video 3
Screenprinting: Video 4

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.


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