The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Fall 2014 Begins! D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.

Printmaking Fall 2014 begins with a TEST

1). Is Paul Gauguin Printmaker or Painter?

Answer =  Both


Paul Gauguin, Noa Noa, 1893-94.

D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.

2). Do you speak French?  What does the title below mean?
D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.

Answer =  Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

3). Answer the questions below:
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
  (D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.)

 Answer =  
 Where Do We Come From? 
 (This is you waiting to get into the PrintShop)

Harry Gottlieb

(Waiting for Work), c.1935


 What Are We?
 (This is you - Arriving this week and ready to work your butt to the bone all semester)

Gottlieb, Harry (1895-1992) -

1941 Going to Work


Where Are We Going?
(This is you - Drunk on Print Love, Pain and Sweat and Blood)

Drunken Silenusa, 1628, Jose de Ribera (1591 â 1652). Etching and engraving 270 x 347 mm.

Your New Revised Revised Revised Revised, Revised ,Revised, Revised Very Green Course Syllabus

Course Name...Printmaking ART 218 318, 413, 419, 425: 001, 002
Semester...Fall 2014
Time... 8:50 -11:20/M&W/(sec 1)TuTh 9:25AM - 11:55AM
/(sec 2)
Location... Print Shop
Instructor: Joel Elgin Office X 8839 jelgin
Studio/Office – M: 1:15 – 2:15: Tuesday/ Thursday: 9:00 - 9:25. 12:00-12:30 or by appointment

The Student Will Be Introduced To Intaglio & Woodcut In Section 218. In 318 Litho Is The Media. In 418 The Media Will Focus On Color, Including The Techniques Of  Mono-Print & Serigraphy. In 419,425 The Student Will Continue Her/His Creative Research By Addressing Technical And Aesthetic Issues In The Discipline. All Sections Will Consist Of Historical/Studio Exploration; Concurrently Students Will Apply The Technical, Theoretical Knowledge Gained To His/Her Own Content.

Intensive Studio Exploration, Demonstration, Gallery Museum Field Trips, Lecture, Video, Group, In Progress And Individual Critiques, Shop Labors, Coffee, Snack Time and Numerous Theme Days

The Final Grade Will Be Determined By Applying The Following Criteria:
(Note: Assessment Sheet)
1. Subjective
-The Content Of The Work Produced
2. Technical Application
-The Application Of The Technical Material Learned In Class
3. Attendance:
Two Tardies = One Absence (attendance is taken each day)
Two Absences = Grade Lowers One Level
Three Absences = Grade Lowers One More Level
Four Absences _ You Flunk (this is very serious – if you cant accept this policy please withdraw from the course. You will be expected to remain in the shop during class and to participate in all shop experiences.


4. Shop experiences:
Critiques, classroom discussions and positive constructive participation are all vital to an active atelier. Your energy/input is essential and required. Negativity will poison the atelier for everyone. You will receive a separate grade for Shop experiences.

5. Out Of Class Work:
It Is Required That You Arrange At least Six Out Of Class Studio Hours A Week. This Time Will Be Spent (And Logged In) In The Print Shop. Your grade will be lowered if you do not meet this requirement.  You will receive a separate grade for Outside of Class Shop Time.

 You may NOT work in the shop at the following times.
  • Friday Mornings: until 1PM (don’t bug me about this, don’t whine about it – its always been in place so schedule accordingly)
  • During class that you are not enrolled in. M/W AM types cant work during T/TH class and vise versa (I might change my mind about this though)

Blog Work: You must read/post comments on the blog each week before the W class. Your FINAL course grade will be lowered one mark for every two misses. Pop blog quizzes WILL occur throughout the semester. You WILL archive a collection of printmakers who influence you and be prepared to discuss them

Shop/Labor Work: YOUR shop has been called the “cleanest” printshop by nearly every academic reviewer, visiting artist that has visited UWL. You will be assigned your very own individual labor for the semester and you WILL  complete your labor each class day. As Shop Maintenance is a part of the function of the Atelier you will receive a grade for Shop Maintenance work.

You Have Paid A Shop Fee That Covers Most Materials. Additional will be explained.

"Any student with a document disability (physical, sensory, psychological, AD/HD, current or former military service member with wounded warrior status) who needs reasonable accommodations must register with Disability Resource Services, 165 Murphy Library, 608-785-6900, at the beginning of the semester. It is also the student's responsibility to discuss his or her needs with me in a timely manner."

"Students must know and scrupulously follow UW-L policies regarding academic honesty. Information about these policies may be found at http:/

 Get those Brand New Baby PrintFools signed up here and on Facebook.... Big Fools.... you better be reading this, and commenting.



Ben Kremer said...

Don't know me any of them babies yet. Super ready to get to work FOOLZ LETS MAKE THIS SEMESTER COUNT. Let's get bloody, and sweaty, and sexy and let our creative excrement ooze and mix into an atelier of beautiful creativity.

Andrea Anderson said...

So excited to see all the bright shiny visages (that's french) of my fellow brothers and sisters tomorrow, as well as the looks of wonder and bewilderment on the new babies faces.

This will be my first full semester as a print mother, so my baby better get ready for me going full tiger-mom and working them until their little drypoint-holding hands are raw.

Bis Morgen (that's German, a superior language).

Nhouchee Yang said...

Oh yeeee. I'm so excited my first class is going to be PRINT :D Finally I am not a baby anymore Muahaha.


p.s. Can't wait to see all of you again

Nicole Herrmann said...

Yay! I can't wait for this semester and hanging with you cool peeps all semester!!

Kyle Stokes said...

J'imprime donc je suis. (I print therefore I am.)

Glad to be back.

Jenna Rosienski said...

I am very excited to begin my printmaking journey! I thought it was interesting to see a few different print examples that the ogre posted so I can get an idea of what I am getting myself into! Super eager to learn!

schmebs31 said...

stoked/saddened by the fact that I am on my 2nd to last semester of printmaking. Plan on making it a good semester

Emily Sander said...

So excited for this semester. ADVENTURES IN COLOR! Auf geht's! Let's go!

Allecia Kruser said...

excited to mess with color!

Brynn said...

Finally got this gmail-login thing figured out. I really like that Gauguin print; is there more info on what some of those images in the circles towards the top are showing?

good student said...

I finally caught up, can't wait to learn some more great print stuff!