Singapore American School High School – Printmaking & Mixed Media Syllabus

Instructor Details: Matthew Laurence   Office : H100   Studio: H100G

  • 6363 3404 ext 6528
  • Studio Open
  • After school Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
  • Free Blocks, Lunch and Flex Period Wednesdays

Course Description: Printmaking & Mixed Media

ID: 46519 Grade: 10-12   Length: Semester  Credit: Visual/Performing Arts    Homework: Light

This course is for students who enjoy hands-on work and who would like to develop their printmaking skills as a base to their artwork. Students will explore many different types of printmaking, including screen printing, intaglio, linoleum, and collagraphs. Students will also explore the integration of drawing and painting techniques with printmaking to create mixed media work. The emphasis of this course is to use the elements and principles of art and design in contemporary printmaking techniques. Students will be required to submit prints for exhibition as well as prepare and present a final digital portfolio of their work at the end of the semester.

Units/Projects: Each Unit/Project will run for approximately 1-3 weeks.

Personal Logo:

  • Create and develop a personal logo to ‘sign’ each of your projects
  • Understand the concepts behind a successful logo
  • Principle of design focus: Balance

Collagraph Printing:

  • Develop a number of collagraph plates to be used as abstract prints and editions
  • Use plates to print background textures and collage additional materials for future prints
  • Collaborate with other students to create prints
  • Principle of design focus: Unity/Harmony

Linoleum Expressive Portrait:

  • Experiment with the portrait and expressive poses
  • The subject of the print can be a self image, someone you know, or a composite from various sources
  • Build upon the prints using oil pastels and turpentine
  • Principle of design focus: Emphasis

Music Inspired Screen Print:

    • Create a single color stencil print onto fabric inspired by your personal music choice
    • Produce a second design with multiple colors using the additive process
    • Principle of design focus: Rhythm

Intaglio Postcard:

  • Destination inspired postcard prints using the intaglio printing method
  • The subject of your design can be of a location you have been or want to visit
  • Principle of design focus: Scale/Proportion

Power of the poster:

  • Influence others with your own propaganda poster
  • Review a number of propaganda techniques to present your idea
  • Principle of design focus: Movement

Thematic project #1:

  • Choose from a series of themes and printing techniques from this semester to create an original work of art
  • Use designs and editions throughout the semester to experiment and collaborate with others
  • Principle of design focus: Variety

Formative vs. Summative:

Formative Assessments takes place in a variety of forms throughout the semester via instructor and peer critique. There is also a digital Journal to be completed as students investigate the concepts of compositional devices, image reference/inspiration, and critical analysis of professional  artwork throughout the semester. This digital journaling work will not comprise of more than 10% of the total grade.

Summative Assessments are the final projects/ works for each unit. These will be assessed using the High School Visual Arts rubric listed below.  These can be found on Powerschool under the Studio work category and will contribute to 75% of the final grade.

At the completion of the semester course work, students will present and showcase a digital portfolio of all of their work through their school blog. This portfolio of work is counted as their final exam for the semester and will contribute to 15% of the final grade.

Required Course Materials:

Access to a personal digital camera is strongly suggested, but not mandatory for this course. The Art department has a range of digital cameras for students to borrow, but options are limited and are loaned on a first come first serve basis. Digital cameras that provide options for shutter /aperture control and with a .RAW image capture option is advisable.

Access to the Adobe Suite software programs to include: Photoshop, Camera RAW, and Adobe Bridge (version CS4 or higher) is required use for this class.

General Course Policies:

Students are required to adhere to the SAS Core Values which include respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness and compassion.  It is imperative that students feel safe to be innovative and take risks in an environment that remains organized, user friendly and positive.

You are expected to :

  • Be prompt, come prepared to work and to share ideas
  • Respect others, the room, and it’s contents
  • Manage the cleanup of your space and help others do the same
  • Be alert, focused, and use your time wisely

Tech Integration:

  • Google Docs
  • All documents will be shared via Google Docs
  • Teacher Website
  • In addition to Google Docs access, additional support material, student examples, and links to art resources can be found on my teacher website:
  • Google Calendar
  • Studio projects for each unit (Summative Assessments) and Journal assignments (Formative Assessments) will be listed on the class Google calendar the school day that it is assigned. You will also see them posted on Powerschool.  This calendar will be used to help you stay organized and to help me communicate with you regarding deadlines and reminders.
  • Blogger
  • FInal exam portfolio presentation via Blogger.

Semester Grade Breakdown:

The Semester Grade will be weighted as follows:

  • 50% Studio Projects
  • 35% Journal Assignments
  • 15% Final Portfolio presentation of all studio work

Absences/ Submission of Late Summative Work:

  • Late work will automatically drop half a letter grade for each day late up to two days. A work that is submitted two days late will result in the drop of a full letter grade. If you are on campus you are responsible for submitting work.
  • Pending assignments due to absence are due upon returning to school.
  • Assignments should be submitted upon arrival to school if class is missed due to late arrival or early dismissal.
  • Please note that this is by day and not by class.
  • Please see or contact me for prolonged absences.
  • If late work is not submitted two weeks after posted due date then an incomplete (INC)  will be given and will calculate as a zero on a nine point scale.

Alternative Credit or Mastery Policy:

  • Redos or reworking a studio project will not change the initial grade given; however, reworking or redoing a studio project for the betterment of your portfolio is encouraged and will enhance final grade as part of the final exam.

 Academic Dishonesty:

The High School Visual Arts Department will strictly adhere to the Academic Dishonesty policies laid out in the Student Handbook. This includes but is not limited to reference material.  All images used for reference to a Studio project must be an original image.  Images from sites such as Creative Commons, Google can not be used.


The High School Visual Arts Department assesses work in the following five areas:

  • Creative and Analytical Thinking
  • Manipulation of Material
  • Problem Solving through the Elements and Principles of Art
  • Presentation and Quality
  • Time Management, Process and Work Ethic

These five areas will be assessed in this class in equal parts using the High School grading scale listed below:

Grade descriptors

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Students are required to choose their own work and to assist with the Art Exhibition before, during or after the show.