Year 2 (400 level)

422 Intermediate Level: Lithography and Etching

The scope of study deepens at this level to further develop intellectual, psychological and spiritual concerns, and requires the student to participate more directly in the definition of individual goals and development. Personal expression will be viewed in relation to contemporary and historical models. The student is expected to demonstrate flexibility in their approach to the changing demands of their work (subject, process and media).

Six major projects are completed over the period of this course, with half of the academic year focused on etching and half on lithography. Initial projects tend to have a greater focus on the development of technical skill, and as the term progresses the focus of the assignments shifts to emphasize conceptual and formal development.

Attending visiting artist lectures, ongoing visits to local galleries, and class visits to study professional works in the Print Study Centre will continue to be emphasized. With greater depth than at the 300 level, students are expected to engage in a focused conceptual and formal research, to further develop their verbal communication skills, and to expand their awareness of local, national and international printmaking, art and cultural issues.

Art 425/Des 425: Word and Image

This course explores the creative and conceptual possibilities of combining words and images in the context of print media. The course is also meant to be interdisciplinary in nature and examines, contrasts and compares linkages between design and fine art practices. Although a high level of technical ability is expected, the course does not focus on the acquisition of new technical skills, but rather emphasizes formal and conceptual growth in the context of text and image creative practices. Students are expected to have a high degree of self-motivation, and a willingness to experiment in order to discover new forms of personal expression. The course involves traditional uses of print media, as well as experimental approaches such as print-installation book arts and mixed media.

Over the course of the year, four to six major projects will be completed along with additional support and research material such as drawings, collages, and photographs. As with other print courses, students are expected to support their studio practices with research in other academic disciplines such as art history, literature and philosophy/ theory, as well as investigate sources of motivation outside of the studio. Typical assignments include exercises that explore the development of an equivocal relationship between a word(s) and an image, assignments that use other disciplines (such as literature or science) as a motivational tool for a body of work, as well as an artist book project.