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Printmaking

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Contemporary printmaking has evolved into an interdisciplinary medium, combining traditional and alternative processes that integrate print with other studio disciplines, such as painting, fibers, ceramics, and digital arts. With the recent movement toward non-toxic materials, digital imaging, and photographic processes, printmaking remains an exciting and ever-changing field. The Printmaking program at Bowling Green State University introduces students to a wide range of techniques and processes with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking and an individual artistic vision. The program offers coursework in Relief and Monoprinting, Intaglio, Lithography, and Screenprinting, all of which include traditional as well as contemporary practices. Special Topics courses in Bookmaking supplement the regular curriculum. At the Advanced Prints and Senior Studio level, students are encouraged to expand their technical range.

In consultation with an adviser, print students plan an individualized degree program that provides a thorough grounding in a range of print media, with additional advanced level studies in a specialized area of interest. In addition to print courses, students are encouraged to take courses in other studio areas in order to broaden their art-making experience.

Printmaking is housed in several adjacent rooms within the Fine Arts Center:

The Intaglio/Relief room is equipped for wood and linoleum block printing, intaglio work in copper, and monoprinting. It houses two presses (Takach and Charles Brand presses), three acid baths, three hotplates, paper soaking trays, an airbrush and spray booth, aquatint box, assorted-sized rollers, inks and various tools for both relief and intaglio work.

The Lithography/Screenprinting room has two litho presses (Takach and Charles Brand), 25 stones of varying sizes and grades up to 20 X 28", three plate-backing slabs up to 30 X 40", various leather and composition rollers, a graining sink, a hydraulic lift, inks and various tools. For water-based screenprinting, screens, drying racks, inks, and assorted sized squeegees are supplied.

The Printmaking Photo darkroom is comprised of two rooms. One room is equipped with two large light exposure units and a large sink. the other room contains two smaller exposure units for photopolymer plates, a mat cutter, a shrink wrapper, a pressure washer, a washout sink, and an archive of past student work.

A general classroom, shared with the Photography area, is used as a lecture room, clean workroom, and critique area. 

The Print Society

All students with an interest in printmaking are encouraged to join this active student club. The Print Society organizes field trips, visiting artist workshops, a booth at the Black Swamp Arts Festival, and various activities related to printmaking. Fundraisers, including T-shirt printing events and print sales, are held several times during the year to support Print Society activities. Funding supports visiting artists and student attendance at national and regional print conferences.

Regional and National Printmaking Associations

There are numerous professional printmaking associations in existence and students are encouraged to join these in order to gain a broader understanding of the world of prints. Two of these are:

Mid-America Print Council, a Midwestern print organization that sponsors a biennial conference of workshops and panel discussions, a members' exhibition, and a newsletter.

Southern Graphics Council International, a national print organization that sponsors an annual conference of workshops and panel discussions, a members' exhibition, and a journal.

JANET BALLWEG

Janet Ballweg

Position: Professor, Area Head, Printmaking
Phone: 419-372-8515
Email: jballwe@bgsu.edu
Address: 1207 FAC

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Michael Weigman

Position: Adjunct Instructor, Printmaking
Phone: 419-372-7747
Email: mweigma@bgsu.edu
Address: 1108 FAC

While at BGSU, students develop skills in art-making, visual communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Some of our students go on to use their print expertise in the commercial printing market, within collaborative or contract printing workshops, or in general design fields, but most print students are working to become fine artists. Their main objective is the personal development of imagery and techniques via the print medium, which often leads to further printmaking study at the graduate level.

BGSU Undergraduates in Printmaking have successfully advanced to graduate study at various institutions, including the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of North Texas, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ohio University, and Northern Illinois University. Furthermore, our students have successfully competed for assistantships and fellowships at these institutions. 

  • ARTS 2110
    Drawing: The Figure
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice, and history of drawing the human figure from life. Examine issues pertaining to larger cultural views of the body and seek to create individual meaning in the act of drawing the figure. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 1030. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 2210
    Introduction to Painting
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of oil painting. Exploration of painting techniques from traditional to contemporary with an emphasis on perceptual problem solving. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 1030. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 2310
    Introduction to Printmaking
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of printmaking. Concentration on basic relief, intaglio, and monoprinting methods. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ART 1020 and ART 1030. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 2410
    Introduction to Photography
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of black and white photography. Work with 35mm camera is combined with slide lectures and principles of optics, film, cameras, and darkroom techniques. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 1020. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3000
    Special Topics 2-D
    - On demand. Innovative and intensive group study in selected studio research. Topic will vary with each offering. May be repeated. Prerequisite: BFA standing. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3130
    Contemporary Concepts in Drawing
    - Fall, Spring. Exploration of a variety of genres, themes, and techniques in drawing. Drawing as both an independent medium of expression and as a visual language applicable to a wide range of cultural practices. Prerequisite: ARTS 2110 or permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3240
    Contemporary Concepts in Painting
    - Fall, Spring. Exploration of a variety of genres, themes, and techniques in painting. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2210 or permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3320
    Printmaking: Relief and Monoprinting
    - Alternate semesters. Further exploration of the theory, practice, and history of relief printing using woodblock, linoleum, and found objects. Also includes an exploration of techniques for monoprints and monotypes. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2310. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3330
    Printmaking: Etching
    - Alternate semesters. Further exploration of the theory, practice, and history of intaglio techniques to include drypoint, etching, aquatint, collagraph, photo processes, and experimentation with a variety of color inking methods. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2310. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3340
    Printmaking: Lithography
    - Alternate semesters. Introduction to the theory, practice, and history of lithography. Techniques include: wet and dry media on stone and plate, and photo processes. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2310. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3350
    Screenprinting
    - On demand. Exploration of the theory, practice, and history of screenprinting to include additive, reductive, hand stencil, and photo processes with monoprinting and editioning techniques. Five studio hours. Extra Fee. Prerequisite: ARTS 2310. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3420
    Photography: Large Format
    - Fall, Spring. Further exploration of theory, practice and history of black and white images using the large format camera. Students will gain more in-depth technical knowledge and a deeper appreciation for the issues involved in the study of photography. The foundation for the students' personal vision will begin with this class. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3430
    Photography: Color
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of color photography. Concentration on printing color negatives as well as the basics of color negative processing. Exploration of the use of color as a means of personal expression. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3440
    Digital for Photographers
    - Fall, Spring. This course will familiarize students with the basic digital tools of scanning (input), manipulation (Photoshop), and printing (output) required to make digital photographic prints. Students will learn how these tools might be used in their ongoing development of a personal vision through self-directed and assigned projects. Students will gain technical understanding of topics such as color calibration and device profiling, file types and file management, and advanced color correction terms and techniques. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ARTS 2410 and ARTS 3430. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4000
    Special Topics 2-D
    - On demand. Innovative and intensive group study in selected studio research. Topic will vary with each offering. May be repeated. Prerequisite: BFA Art standing. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4070
    Art in Context
    - Spring only. Capstone course intended for students in BA Art degree. Also open to BFA Art students. Portfolio preparation together with a variety of research activities leading to understanding of studio art as a singular activity located within broader cultural contexts. Five studio hours. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4090
    Professional Practices and Presentation
    - Fall. Issues facing the graduating senior in all BFA Art areas of study. Focus on specific skills required of artists such as resumes, artist statements, slide preparation, marketing and graduate school application. For BFA Art majors only. Extra fee. 1 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4240
    Advanced Painting and Drawing
    - Fall, Spring. This course will allow students to focus on personal style and content. Emphasis will be placed on individual research, the refinement of technical skills and the development of imagery. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ARTS 3240 and ARTS 3130 or by permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4280
    Senior Studio in Painting and Drawing
    - Fall, Spring. For BFA 2-D majors with a specialization in painting and drawing only. Supervised individual research in painting and/or drawing in preparation for the BFA Thesis Exhibition. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 4240. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4350
    Advanced Printmaking
    - Fall, Spring. Advanced study to include individual technical research, the development of personal imagery and the refinement of skills using one or more print media. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: Two of the following: ARTS 3320, ARTS 3330, ARTS 3340 or by permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4360
    2D - Digital Hybrids
    - Fall, Spring. The course is intended to introduce ways to create works of arts by integrating the traditional 2D methods of painting, drawing, printmaking and photography with digital media. Emphasis will be placed on both creative and theoretical research through projects and critical readings. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Repeatable to 6 hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4380
    Senior Studio in Prints
    - Fall, Spring. For 2-D majors with a specialization in printmaking only. Supervised individual research as it applies to the final exhibition of prints for the BFA Art degree. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 4350. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4440
    Advanced Photography
    - Fall, Spring. Will allow advanced students to focus on ideas in either black and white or color. Emphasis will be placed on individual research, the refinement of technical skills and the development of imagery. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ARTS 3420 and ARTS 3430 or by permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4480
    Senior Studio in Photography
    - Fall, Spring. For 2-D majors with a specialization in photography only. Supervised individual research as it applies to the final exhibition of photographic prints for the BFA Art degree. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 4440. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4800
    Travel Studio
    - On demand. Studio practice in conjunction with travel to selected domestic or international destinations. Use of a visual media to enhance experience and understanding of the arts in relation to culture and history. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4890
    Studio Internship
    - Designed for students seeking to gain field experience under the guidance of a professional artist. Repeatable to six hours. 3 credit hours.