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Concepts in Design: Analog to Digital

With printmakers in mind, we have developed a graphic design class that focuses on 1) the elements of design most essential to print production and 2) the common Adobe Photoshop tools needed to prepare and output films. This class is perfect for those who have ever felt some intimidation to working digitally and digitally preparing their artwork for print.

Projects in this class will utilize collaging as a way for students to investigate their personal style and effective communication while practicing composition, space, balance, emphasis, perspective, and text. Additionally, color theory will be investigated through the lens of printmaking by considering how ink and paper interacts, and how to visualize and plan ahead for ink mixing.

Students will become comfortable with the Photoshop tools necessary to create trapping, preview color palettes, print stencils, add halftones, and more essentials for any print process they may want to work in.

Students will use their own computers with Adobe Photoshop. Please email staff prior to registering if you do not have a laptop with this software. This workshop focuses on pre-press design. Students will not be creating prints during the class.

Techniques in Monoprinting

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that favors organic, gestural, textural, and ephemeral marks and imagery. This process is incredibly immediate, playful, and a multi-faceted type of printmaking, and therefore well suited to first time printers and artists who typically work with paint, mixed media, and sculpture. These prints usually begin from a sheet of plexiglass as the foundation. Through working additively and reductively with ink, crayons, water or solvents, and stencils, students can capture a large range of aesthetics from subtle tonality to gritty textures to minimal formal forms.

Throughout the class, students will develop new ways to build images while learning about the properties of ink, paper, pressure, and how they interact to create a broad range of aesthetic possibilities. Printing techniques will include collage, multiple plate printing, trace, stencil, ghost, additive, and reductive. Students will make many prints to learn and test these processes before moving on to a project that combines various methods and showcases a personal style or vision.

Please note that class fees cover tuition as well as many consumable studio supplies and most materials that students will use throughout the class or workshop. Please see student material list for additional supplies.