ArtHistory Spring 2019

Art For the Many: A History of Printing and Printmaking

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Please join Deputy Director Preston Metcalf as he delves into the history of mass production and the influence of printing and printmaking, and how the art developed into a form of mass communication. Ranging from its modest start to the current computer age, join us for Art for the Many: A History of Printing and Printmaking and how it has evolved over time. 

Thursdays, April 4 – May 9

All lectures will be at the Triton Museum of Art, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85 TMA member, $105 nonmember

*For single sessions/drop-ins: $20

Stencils, Seals and Stones

Week 01: April 4

Stencils, Seals, and Stones

Ancient civilizations gave us the origins of producing multiple images from a single carved surface. This innovation was concurrent with the origins of writing and the development of art as a form of mass communication. Clever people, those Ancients.


Week 02 – April 11

Woodblocks, Woodcuts, and the Color Print

The problem with illuminated manuscripts was that they took so long to produce, especially when one wanted to illustrate their work. This week we will explore the various origins and innovations of woodblock and woodcut printmaking, time-consuming means of producing multiple copies of books, documents, and art. It was a medieval means to an end that also found exquisite heights in 19th Century Japan.

Moveable Type

Week 03 – April 18

Movable Type

Though it had been around for 400 years in China, the innovation of movable type in Europe is credited with the invention of the publishing industry, printed books (including art), and a significant improvement in literacy throughout the world. And to think, it all started with a crime…

Printing for the Masses

Week 04 – April 25

Printing for the Masses

Lithography, Intaglio, Photographic Processes, and the Public Consumption of the Printed Image

Finally, an art medium the common folk could afford! The 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries saw amazing innovations in printmaking, and for the first time in history people other than the wealthy could afford art.

High Art of Printmaking

Week 05 – May 2

The High Art of Printmaking

Often regarded as Fine Art’s poorer cousin, artistic printmaking gained status in the 19th and 20th Centuries, to be considered in the same light as the more traditional fine art of painting. This week’s lecture will include a live demonstration of making an art print in various techniques.

Digital World

Week 06 – May 9

It’s a Digital World

We live in the computer age, where we carry in our back pockets, cameras, editing capabilities, and the ability to send information to be printed through the air. But none of this would have been possible without the combining strains of Guttenberg’s press, Flemish weaving, medieval church bells, and the need to count a lot of people. In this final lecture of the series, we will explore where printing and printmaking have led, and please, at least for the duration of the lecture, put the phones down.

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