Category Archives: Print Projects

Power of the Poster

This project you will be creating a design inspired by poster art.  To help introduce you to the history of poster art please review the following links on poster art: poster connectionvisual arts corkdzine press

There are a variety of choices of art movements and styles to choose from that have been covered in poster art. Some examples are as follows: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Belle Epoque, Pre-Raphaelites, Surrealism, Expressionism, Op-Art, German Plakatstil (poster style), Scotland’s Glasgow School, Austria’s Vienna Secession, Russian Constructivists, Bauhaus, de Stijl, Futurism, Dadaism, Sachplakat (object poster style) Cappiello Style, International Typographic Style, 1950’s style, and Post-Modernism.

Below are some links that will help you decide which style to choose:

Think about what type of theme you would like to use for your project. There are a number themes to choose from: Travel and Leisure, Olympics and Sports, War and Propaganda, Publications, Food and Drink, Social Concerns, Festivals, Film, Music, Politics, Fashion, Fairs & Exhibitions, Galleries, Products, Retail, Transportation.

Wikipedia has a quite involve description of what propaganda is and propaganda techniques to help you influence and inspire conformity to your cause.

Included are some additional links to help inspire you are your theme: london transport museum, gig posters.

The principle of design focus for this project is movement, please familiarize yourself with the concepts associated with this principle.

Think about what type of poster you want to produce from the idea plans above. You will be creating a three color linoleum print, so that means that you will be carving into the linoleum three times and adding a color each time for a total of four colors in the design. Again, if you are using text, be sure it will be transferred onto the linoleum backwards.

Music inspired screenprints

This project you will be exploring screen printing by creating a design using a stencil. Your inspiration for these designs will be from music.

Decide on a specific musical genre or band as a source to your inspiration. Gather information in both content and visuals to help you develop your idea.

The following link, rock picture show, provides some interesting insights to the history to album cover art with an interview with Gary Freiberg, an expert on music album cover art, about this art form.

In addition, enclosed are some links to examples of a range of interesting album cover art:

smashing magazine inspiredology, 100 obscure album cover art, eightyone design, coverarts, 50 albums that changed music 

The website society6, also hosts a dynamic range of music inspired art covers that artists are selling that may help inspire you.

The principle of design focus for this project is rhythm, so please familiarize yourself with this concept.

You will complete a total of 1 print of each type of rhythm (regular, flowing, progressive, alternating) for a total of 4 images for this project. The use of these types of rhythm can be displayed within the screen print design or through the addition of mixed media added to the work.



Expressive portrait

For this project you will be using a linoleum block (reductive method) to create an expressive portrait print. You can use your own portrait, someone you know, or composite a portrait from a range of source materials (magazines, internet, social media).

In addition to learning how to work with the tools associated with linoleum printing, you will be focusing on some expressive pose/posture of the portrait.

The principle of design focus for this project is emphasis, so please familiarize yourself with this concept.


  • One print example of three of the following six types of Emphasis: contrast of shape, contrast of temperature, contrast of value, converging lines, isolation, intensity of color. This will be a total of 3 total images.
  • Explain how each of the six types of emphasis are use in the work. The expressive portrait should be the part of the work that is the subject of emphasis.
  • A minimum of one expressive portrait linoleum plate to include the image used to create the lino plate.
  • A explanation of the linoleum transfer, carving, and printing process.
  • Successes and challenges described from the project

To help you find inspiration, enclosed are some interesting examples from the internet:

Expressive Portrait inspirations


Intaglio postcard

This project you will be creating a postcard of a destination that you have either visited, or would like to go to. This project would work well with your interim trip that was just completed.

To give you some history of the postcard and how it has evolved, the Smithsonian institute provides an interesting overview.

The principle of design focus for this project is balance, so please review this concept and use it within your design. Included is a presentation of balance to help you better understand this principle.

Once you have chosen a country as the subject to this assignment, you will need to research points of interest of that region. Things to consider within your investigation:

  • Cultural attractions (mount saint michel, wine country, birth of jazz)
  • Arts and Entertainment (the symphony center, disney world, wembley stadium)
  • Sightseeing locations (eiffel tower, turkish baths, the magnificent mile)
  • Historical landmarks (great wall of china, the colosseum, ankor wat)  
  • Scenic landmarks (the grand canyon, the alps, the blue mountains)
  • Unique features (longest river, highest peak, largest lake, most hot springs, largest population, specific wildlife)
  • Natural attractions (mountains, barrier reefs, water falls, caverns, fjords, canyons)
  • Festivals and Rituals (water festival, day of the dead, homowo festival)
  • Key/Catch phrases associated with a place (“the meeting place for sun worshipers”/ Cancun, Mexico; “when they’ve reached the top, send them to the peak”/ Victoria Peak, Hong Kong)

Gather and collect visuals for these research points for the content to your postcard.

Collagraph Prints

This printing technique is a loosely designed process to which you attach various materials onto a board, seal it, ink up the board, and draw prints from the board. The word comes from the French colle, meaning to stick or glue. The key to collagraphs is finding interesting textures from the materials that are being attached to the board.

The prints created can be displayed on their own as abstract images, or as a background to future projects.

The principle of design focus for this project is Unity/Harmony, so please familiarize yourself with these concepts.

Enclosed are some more ways you can use collagraphs in printing:

carolecarrolepinerest & ellenJayBensonpinerest

For this project, complete and make a log posting of the following:

  • Create a print of each of the three examples (3 in total) of Unity/Harmony (Proximity/Repetition/Continuation). You can combine collagraph plates to create these examples, or it can be from a single plate. Provide a summary of your working process (objects used, combination of plates…) with the images of the collagraphs
  • One collagraph print that uses a minimum of two different types of materials added (oil pastel, pencil, ink, paint, watercolor pencils, water soluble crayons, pastel, contel crayon, collage, newspaper, tissue paper). Summarize your working process and use of unity/harmony within design.

You will post a total of four images of prints created for this project. Be sure to keep all other prints and your collagraph plates for potential materials to be used for future projects.