This course introduces students to the tradition of Western hand papermaking in conjunction with aspects of contemporary printmaking. The focus of the class is to enable students to experience the tradition of the hand-papermaking craft and explore innovative methods that continue to make this medium a versatile and expressive art form. We will survey the historical evolution of papermaking, including the basic chemistry of the process, so that students gain a comprehensive understanding of the tradition. Additionally, we will examine a number of innovative methods and interventions to modify the shape, color, translucency, and texture of the sheets. Through a series of step by step projects students will have the opportunity to implement their knowledge and execute their own unique handmade papers for a range of artistic applications. Special attention will be devoted to the integration of hand-pulled sheets with collagraph printmaking, as well as the potential for including digital technologies to supplement the traditional process through laser-cut watermarks.
This course includes an overnight academic excursion. The exact destination will be announced in the course schedule.
Please note that visual art courses will have new department names and course numbers effective Fall 2019 due to a restructuring within the Tyler School of Art. Course descriptions and course content will remain the same. All updates will be posted to our website during the spring semester.