Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Studio Art 398. Experimental Courses

Printmaking: Artist Books

Artist books can assume many forms. They present the artist with limitless opportunities for conceptual invention, narrative expression, and sculptural possibilities through construction and bookbinding choices. They offer the viewer a rich, interactive and tactile experience through the unfolding of sequential or serial imagery across multiple pages.

In this course, students will create original artist books using alternative printmaking techniques that mimic effects achieved with traditional lithography. These more direct, yet no less seductive, materials that are safer for both artist and environment, such as polyester plate lithography, paper lithography and photopolymer plates, offer greater freedom to experiment with imagery development in both black and white, and color. Students will learn to layer and manipulate hand drawn and digital imagery, textures and text for unique, one-of-a-kind books and multiple copies (small editions) of the same book. Access to our extensive collection of artist books in the Wheaton Archives and Wheaton Permanent Collection will be a valuable source of inspiration.


Painting Process

This experimental class will explore contemporary and traditional approaches to painting through an intense focus on process and materials. Acrylic paint will be used as a drawing tool and to develop fully realized compositions. Oil paint will be used following the indirect method for glazing egg tempera and other surfaces of an underpainting. Color and composition will be studied through selected projects that include non-traditional tools and applications including pouring, squeegee, collage, stencils and paint additives for the creation of diverse surface textures.
Prerequisite: Painting I (ARTS 220)or permission of instructor.