Prerequisite: Drawing I or Anatomical Illustration

This course introduces students to historical printmaking methods used to transmit ideas through writing and imagery. It goes a step beyond drawing to investigate ways of reproducing an image using three-dimensional materials like metal and wood. The course begins with relief printing techniques (wood cuts) as used by the Japanese in the 8th century, and moves into European intaglio practices (acid etching), introduced in the 1400s. Students will predominantly produce hands-on projects with some discussion about how these inventions have shaped the culture we live in today—a world in which we take for granted accessible, transportable information.