Parsons The New School for Design
Pre-College Academy
Printmaking: Design & Drawing
PCAC 0650 (Gr. 9-12)
August 4-15, MTWTF 9am-3:50pm (Lunch from 12-1 daily)
2 West 13th Street, Room 402

Instructor: Tyler Kelley
Printshop: 212.229.8928, ext. 1
Class blog:

Course Description
In this introductory course students explore graphics, color theory, drawing, design, and composition through various printmaking processes. Students create portfolio quality prints using professional techniques over a range of assignments both representational and conceptual. Etching, dry point, and monotype will be covered as well as less conventional techniques.

Course Outline
Week 1
Day 1 (Monday, August 4)
9-12: Orientation, go over syllabus, distribute materials list.
1-4: Demo—Instructor will demonstrate cutting and printing a dry point.

Day 2 (Tuesday, August 5)
9-12: Work session—Students should come to class with a design in mind. Students will begin their dry points.
1-4: Work session—Students may add to their dry points and print a second state. Edition of 5 dry points due at end of class.

Day 3 (Wednesday, August 6)
9-12: Each student should come to class with 10 printed 8 ½ x 11 images of things that interest them, images can be of anything and from anywhere. Each student will present to the class, then exchange their images with another student.
1-4: Demo—Instructor will demonstrate how to ground, draw, and etch a zinc plate.       
Day 4 (Thursday, August 7) 
9-12: Work session—Students will ground and etch their own plates with images based on another student’s presentation and 10 images.
1-4: Work session—Students will print their etchings. Students may add to their etching and print a second state. Edition of 5 etchings due at end of class.

Day 5 (Friday, August 8)
9-12: Demo—Instructor will demonstrate black and white monotypes.
1-4: Work session—Students will prepare their plexiglas, and begin to print black and white monotypes.

Week 2
Day 6 (Monday, August 11) 
9-12: Work session—printing black and white monotypes, 3 iterations due at end of class.
1-4: Demo—Instructor will demonstrate color monotype. 

Day 7 (Tuesday, August 12)
9-12: Field trip—Meet at Parsons, then proceed together to the subway station at 14 St. and 7 Ave. Students will close their eyes and take notes on the sounds and smells of the subway for 45 minutes.
1-4: Works session—Students will begin their color monotypes based on their subway notes.           

Day 8 (Wednesday, August 13)
9-12: Work session—Students will print different versions of their color monotypes, 3 iterations due at end of class.
1-4: Demo--Posting on the class blog. Each student will make one post pertaining to their work in the class.

Day 9 (Thursday, August 14)
9-12: Demo—Instructor will demonstrate combining etching and monotype.
1-4: Work session—Students can explore combining etching and monotype, or continue working with previous techniques.

Day 10 (Friday, August 15)
            9-12: Final critique
            1-3:30: Open studio/ final show
            3:30-4: De-install and pack work
Learning Outcomes
By the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Cut an image into a zinc plate using dry point techniques
2. Etch an image into a zinc plate using acid and ground (etching)
3. Print an intaglio plate (both etching and dry point)
4. Paint and print a monotype
5. Print a small edition of etchings
6. Create an image inspired by observation of an environment
7. Understand and appreciate etchings and monotype in museums, galleries, and shops. 

Assessable Tasks
All assignments must be completed by the deadline given. Late projects will receive a reduced grade. If you do not complete an assignment by the deadline, you will be expected to bring it in the following class. Missing projects will receive a failing grade. It is very important that you follow the guidelines given for the project. If specifications are not met for an assignment it will result in a reduced grade. If you have any questions or do not understand the assignment, please let me know.

Assignment 1, due Aug 5, Edition of 5 dry points
Assignment 2, due Aug 7, Edition of 5 etchings
Assignment 3, due Aug. 11, 3 black and white monotypes
Assignment 4, due Aug. 13, 3 color monotypes

Final Grade Calculation
Attendance - 20%
Participation - 20%
Assignment 1 - 15%
Assignment 2 - 15%
Assignment 3 - 15%
Assignment 4 - 15%
TOTAL – 100%

Evaluation and Grading
Pre-college students who are certificate students get a grade of AP (approved - C or better) or NA (not approved).
            Grading is based on understanding of the given material, participation in class, completion of the assigned project, and attendance. There is a focus on observation, drawing, image, and process. Each project will be viewed for how it reflects the stated objectives of the specific assignment, as well as the creative insights and growth of the individual. All missed work must be made up.
Reading and Resources
Howard, Keith. The Contemporary Printmaker: Intaglio-Type and Acrylic Resist Etching. New York: White-Cross Press, 2003.
Kraeft, June Kysilko, Norman Kraeft. Armin Landeck: The Catalogue Raisonne of His Prints. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, original 1977, second edition revised and enlarged, 1994.
McCarron, Paul. The Prints of Martin Lewis: A Catalogue Raisonne. Bronxville, New York: M. Hausberg, 1995.
Ross, John, Clare Romano, Tim Ross. The Complete Printmaker: Techniques/ Traditions/ Innovations. New York and London: Collier / MacMillan, original 1972, revised and expanded ed., 1990. 

Books on Monotype TBA

Materials and Supplies
A supply list was emailed to students two weeks before the start of class. A handout will be given during the first class. Also see class blog:

School, Program and Class Policies
Students must comply with all health/safety regulations of the Department and University. No eating or drinking, no smoking, no headphones, no cell phones or mobile devices in class.
Students are responsible for all assignments, even if they are absent. Late papers, failure to complete the readings assigned for class discussion, and lack of preparedness for in-class discussions and presentations will jeopardize your successful completion of this course.
Class participation is an essential part of class and includes: keeping up with reading, contributing meaningfully to class discussions, active participation in group work, and coming to class regularly and on time. 
Faculty members may fail any student who is absent for a significant portion of class time. A significant portion of class time is defined as three absences for classes that meet once per week and four absences for classes that meet two or more times per week. During intensive summer sessions a significant portion of class time is defined as two absences. Lateness or early departure from class may also translate into one full absence.
In rare instances, I may be delayed arriving to class.  If I have not arrived by the time class is scheduled to start, you must wait a minimum of thirty minutes for my arrival.  In the event that I will miss class entirely, a sign will be posted at the classroom indicating your assignment for the next class meeting.
Academic Integrity
This is the university’s Statement on Academic Integrity: “Plagiarism and cheating of any kind in the course of academic work will not be tolerated.  Academic honesty includes accurate use of quotations, as well as appropriate and explicit citation of sources in instances of paraphrasing and describing ideas, or reporting on research findings or any aspect of the work of others (including that of instructors and other students).  These standards of academic honesty and citation of sources apply to all forms of academic work (examinations, essays, theses, computer work, art and design work, oral presentations, and other projects).”
            It is the responsibility of students to learn the procedures specific to their discipline for correctly and appropriately differentiating their own work from that of others.  Compromising your academic integrity may lead to serious consequences, including (but not limited to) one or more of the following: failure of the assignment, failure of the course, academic warning, disciplinary probation, suspension from the university, or dismissal from the university. 
            Every student at Parsons signs an Academic Integrity Statement as a part of the registration process.  Thus, you are held responsible for being familiar with, understanding, adhering to and upholding the spirit and standards of academic integrity as set forth by the Parsons Student Handbook.
Guidelines for Studio Assignments
Work from other visual sources may be imitated or incorporated into studio work if the fact of imitation or incorporation and the identity of the original source are properly acknowledged. There must be no intent to deceive; the work must make clear that it emulates or comments on the source as a source. Referencing a style or concept in otherwise original work does not constitute plagiarism. The originality of studio work that presents itself as “in the manner of” or as playing with “variations on” a particular source should be evaluated by the individual faculty member in the context of a critique.
Incorporating ready-made materials into studio work as in a collage, synthesized photograph or paste-up is not plagiarism in the educational context. In the commercial world, however, such appropriation is prohibited by copyright laws and may result in legal consequences.
Student Disability Services
In keeping with the University’s policy of providing equal access for students with disabilities, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations is welcome to meet with me privately.  All conversations will be kept confidential.  Students requesting any accommodations will also need to meet with Jason Luchs in the office of Student Disability Services, who will conduct an intake, and if appropriate, provide an academic accommodation notification letter to you to bring to me.  At that point I will review the letter with you and discuss these accommodations in relation to this course.  Mr. Luchs’ office is located in 79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor. His direct line is (212) 229-5626 x3135.  You may also access more information through the University’s web site at  HYPERLINK ""

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