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History of Printmaking

July 23, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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This course is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the history of printmaking right from its origins in the pre-historic context to its development at different times of human progress leading into the very contemporary printmaking processes. Students will acquire knowledge about the fundamentals of printmaking concepts and their relationship to the necessity of art and its changing needs from time to time in history of art.

Course Objectives:

Students will become familiar with the historical development of various surface printing techniques, relief, intaglio, lithography, and monotype printmaking processes.
Students will become competent in their understanding and appreciation of aesthetics as well as technical developments of printmaking.
Students will participate in research of an artist-printmaker and present the information to the class.
Course Content:

Pre-historic origins- first human prints in cave art- concept and purpose.
Ancient Civilizations- cylindrical seals of Near East, Greece, India and other civilizations; engravings, rubbings etc. from Far East and more.
Invention of paper and the first printed book; Development of book printing.
Medieval development of European printing.
Modern Era and printmaking revolution.

Please note, this is a 6 part workshop, taking place on 6 different days via Zoom.

Friday, July 2 | 11:30 AM –1:00 PM EST

Friday, July 9 | 11:30 AM –1:00 PM EST

Friday, July 16 | 11:30 AM –12:00 PM EST

Friday, July 23 | 11:30 AM –1:00 PM EST

Friday, July 30 | 11:30 AM –1:00 PM EST

Friday, August 6 | 11:30 AM –1:00 PM EST

Image Details: Spotted horses and negative hand imprints, wall painting in the cave at Pech-Merle, France, ca. 22,000 BCE. 11‘2” long.

ROHINI IYENGAR’s doctoral research relates to South Asian art history. As a professor in art history she is a generalist and has taught a variety of courses at different institutions in the US, France, Africa and India. Among the courses that she has taught are: the Western Art History surveys, History of Graphic Design and History of Printmaking, Women Artists and Art History, Asian art survey and more. Her research interests include visual cultural studies, feminist and subaltern studies. She has presented papers at national and international conferences as well as has a growing list of publications of research papers. A chapter from her doctoral thesis: “Ornamental Modernism: Regional Aesthetics and the Art of Andhra Pradesh” is being published in a major volume titled Twentieth Century Indian Art- Vol-II by Thames and Hudson Publications.

She has been actively engaged in curatorial practice since 1998 with shows organized at many international avenues.


July 23, 2021
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Center for Contemporary Printmaking
299 West Avenue, Mathews Park
Norwalk, 06850
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Center for Contemporary Printmaking
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