Installation from The Long Run exhibition
Joan Jonas, Reanimation, 2010-13
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1. Prepare for a short presentation and critique of the printmaking assignment. Bring all process drawings, printing plates, and final prints. We will need to see all of the etching prints you created (both good and bad) to review the changes and improvements. Be prepared to discuss your making process and concepts for your myth and legend images. Make sure you are familiar with the stories you chose to interpret.

2. Prepare for your final project. Visit the MoMA to see the “The Long Run” exhibition, 53rd and 6th – Hours 10:30-5:30 every day. Admission is free for Parsons students. Bring your ID. Bring your ticket to class as proof of your visit.
Respond either positively or negatively to one body of work, artist, technique, material.  Decide what, why, how the work pleases or displeases you.  Appealing or unappealing? Consider the culture at large-social, politics, economics, spiritual, science, invention, discovery, history, age, gender, class, profession, etc.  
While at the museum, take notes, photos and make sketches in your sketchbook to prepare your research. 

3. Fill out the proposal form (linked here) Print out two typed copies to share in class.

4. Decide on one process/medium (laser cut, stickers, clay, drypoint) you experienced during the semester in our course. We will have access to a printing press during class. You can work in the ceramics lab and graphics lab without appointments. If you choose to laser cut, you need to schedule an appointment.

1. Sketchbook with notes, drawings, entry ticket from the museum
2. Reference photos of your chosen artwork
3. Two typed copies of your completed proposal form
4. Materials to begin the making process during class
For example-computer, preliminary drawings, plexiglass, clay, printmaking paper. Let me know what I can provide for you before Wednesday. I will need time to make purchases.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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For Week 12, Assignment 4: Myths and Legends-Printing the Story (Part 2) Native American Legends (4/18)

We will meet in the classroomAt the start of class, we will review the prints you created last week and make comments and suggestions. No need to collect the prints from the Printmaking Lab yourselves.  I will bring your prints (and your leftover paper) to class with me. Be sure to bring back the plexi plates you etched into and printed from last week to include in the crit. After we have a brief critique, you will continue with the second part of your project. 

1. COMPLETE A TWO PAGED SHORT READING on Seven of the Most Popular Legends attached (here.)  Please note this is not the same reading you completed for last week. This is an additional reading to prepare for this coming Thursday.

2. Based on your choice from this week’s reading, create ONE interpretative drawing on 8×10″ drawing paper. No need to make two. (Now that you are familiar with the printmaking process, you can better judge the outcome.) The image will serve as a tracing for your printing process.
Once the drawing is complete, put it on tracing paper or scan and print it in reverse.

1. Cash money to pay for another printing plate ($4.00 per plate) –You can purchase the plates from me again.
2. Purchase printmaking paperor use the paper you have left over from last class.

Please email me if you have any questions about preparing for class.

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Here is a link to the clay project process pictures that I took of you working in the Ceramics Shop:
(The link was also placed in the homework instruction post below.)
You will have to go through the pictures from day 1 and day 2 one by one. I did not put names on them.
-To copy and place the images onto your computer – right-click on the photo and choose “save image as.”
Aviva’s photos of your individual final projects taken at the end of class were shared with each of you via your NewSchool email address.



Please read the post below

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For Week 11, Assignment 4: Myths and Legends-Printing the Story (4/11)

Etching and drypoint examples

1. For those who have not completed the bisque firing for their clay projects, place the dried, finished pieces back on the appropriate shelves in the Ceramics Shop. The projects will be fired next Tuesday. Please submit with changes by the next class.

2. Complete your Learning Portfolio post for the Built Metropolis Project. You have to provide the link to the post on Canvas by Thursday, April 11 at the latest.
Please review the prompts at the bottom of the page here. In your post, include photos of your work in progress, sketches, architectural reference, the finished project, and answers to all of the prompts. Feel free to look through and use the photos I took of students working on their projects during both days we were in the Ceramics Shop. 

3. COMPLETE A TWO PAGED SHORT READING on Nine of the Most Famous Greek Myths attached (here.) 

4. Based on your choices from the readings, create two interpretative drawings on 8×10″ paper. The images will serve as tracings for your printing process.
Once the two drawings are complete, put them on tracing paper or scan and print them in reverse. This way the etchings will not print out backward when put through the printing press.
Drypoint defined (Class Lecture)

TO BRING for working in class:
Cash money to pay for the printing plate ($4.00 per plate) – which you can purchase from me. Each student will have to buy their own 8×10”, 1/16″ piece of clear plexi. If you use your own plexi, be sure to have it cut to size. It has to be no thicker or thinner than 1/16″.
-2 sheets of printmaking paper 11×14″ in size. One large sheet of printing paper can be cut into two 11 x 14″ pieces.
When you go to Blick ask for printmaking paper prices to determine what is most affordable for you. Let them know that you will be doing drypoint. The paper should be smooth.
For example, you can buy BK Reeves or Arches. 

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For Week 10, Assignment 3: Built Metropolis Final Presentation 4/4

For the critique, please know the name, location, and history of your building reference. Remember we will review your structure on all sides (360 degrees).
Bring all parts of the project for the FINAL PRESENTATION
Our special guest Aviva Shulem will take part in the critique to give you professional feedback. Miss Shulem will need to see all the steps of your process.

1. To prepare for the critique study the CLAY TERMS and HAND BUILDING TECHNIQUES on the Vocabulary page (LINK)  
2. Obtain your bisque ware from the shelves in the Ceramics Shop firing room on Thursday morning, April 4, before class. Process-Your work will be taken from the bisque shelf on Tuesday, placed into the kiln for firing then taken out and put on a shelf in the firing room. Allow enough time to go to the firing room on Thursday, pick up your work and get to class by 12:10.

1. Sketchbook with drawings of your building designs
2. Reference photos of your chosen structure


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For Week 9, Assignment 3: Built Metropolis – continued 3/28

We will meet in the classroom. At the start of class, I will show physical examples of the assignment and give instructions on how to complete the reductive and additive processes of your project.

For inspiration

Clay terms and hand building techniques

1. Sketchbook with drawings of your building designs
2. Personal photos of your chosen structure from different angles to use as references.
3, The start of your project and leftover clay– from the storage shelf

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For Week 8, Assignment 3: Built Metropolis 3/14


The class metropolis

Please read this post all the way to the bottom.
We will meet in the classroom,
drop off our things and travel to the Ceramic & Wet Shop. 

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Each person will create one small clay building structure. During the final presentation, they will all be placed together to form our own metropolis. Reference for project examples.

is on the Class Lectures page under the description.
From this link, you can base your two choices of architectural styles. It shows you a range of structures in the Village and their locations, architectural styles, and a brief history. FYI-In the middle of the linked page, you may be interested to find the New School with a brief history.

 This is pictured and linked on the Class Lectures page
The Village is in the neighborhood of the school and therefore convenient.
If you would like to choose another location in NYC or its boroughs, feel free.

1. Complete your Learning Portfolio post for the Transparent Illusion ProjectYou have to submit the link to the post on Canvas by Thursday, March 14th at the latest.
Please review the prompts at the bottom of the page here. In your post, include photos of the materials and sketches you showed during the presentation – the final photographs, the acetate prototype, sketches, stickers and answers to all of the prompts.  I collected all of your items shown for presentation. If you don’t have documentation of something I collected and you need it for your LP post, please let me know.

2. Take five photographs of each of your two architectural structures. Take them in person (not from the web) showing visible sides of each building. You need to have multiple views to create a 3d object. You do not need to print out the photos. You can show them on your phone.

3. Two concept sketches in pen or pencil of your building designs based on your two chosen structures. Please consider the design on all sides, function, and the clay material you will use. 

4. Research (brief notes in your sketchbook) on the architectural style and history of your two building choices.
(Photos, sketches and a bit of research are due this Thursday)

I checked with the ceramic lab again, and they are still out of the 5-pound bags of clay. Therefore, you won’t be able to purchase clay online before class.
Please bring your money with you to class, preferably cash, and I will provide you with the clay. The cost will be $3.00 per person.
No need to purchase the slip or tools. They will be supplied by me.

1. Sketchbook
2. Five Photos of each structure to use as references
3. $3.00 for the purchase of clay

Link to the Ceramics/Wet Shop Information, Policy & Protocols

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