DePaul University Department of Art, Media, and Design

syllabus — ART 231 — Screen Printing






Instructor: Jessica Larva


Office: 1150 West Fullerton Avenue, room 321

Current Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 4:30-5:30pm+ or email me to see if we can schedule a different time.


Online Syllabus:

Class Days & Times: Winter 2018, Tuesday & Thursday, 11:20 to 2:05pm

Class Section: Art 231, section 101, number 39879

Classroom: 1150 West Fullerton Avenue, room 201
Alternate Classrooms: critique room 202 and production studios  (find us if you are late)



Syllabus Links: course information, important information for you, schedule and attendance, grading, reading, writing and citing sources, supplies





Course Information:


Course Catalog Information: A beginning level course designed to teach students the essential equipment, materials, and processes, for screen printing artworks. Printing methods utilize hand-cut stencils, screen filler, and photo-emulsion techniques.


Additional Description and Objectives: This studio course introduces students to the fundamentals of screen printing (also called silk screen or serigraphy) including the essential equipment, materials, techniques, and processes necessary for creating and developing screen printed artworks. The course focuses on providing hands-on experience in a variety of screen printing processes for hand-cut stencils, painted stencils, and diazo photo-emulsion stencils. Studio practice is combined with historical context in the fine art, commercial, and sociopolitical arenas, as well as an investigation of print work in contemporary art.

In addition to learning how to screen print, this course will help you increase your creative thinking, expand your ability to solve complex and abstract problems, and improve your attention to detail. It will also force you to build your ability to plan, hypothesize, and experiment. We associate these last two concepts with the sciences, but in fact all of these skills and abilities are crucial in indirect art-making methods like printmaking and for leaders in every professional field.


Prerequisites: NONE. ART 101 (Digital Foundations) or ART 105 (2D Foundations) recommended.


Course Methods and Format: This class predominantly utilizes lectures, demonstrations, studio work, presentations, hands-on assignments, and critique to convey information and demonstrate learning outcomes. The class will also use a combination of readings, writing, class discussions, and video components as secondary elements. You are expected to spend a great deal of time outside of class working on projects; most of this time will be spent during open studio hours in the classroom where you have access to the necessary materials and equipment. If you do not have time to devote to this type of work, I suggest that you consider dropping this class or taking it at another time.

Additionally, please note the
safety information below. Each student in this course will learn the safety procedures for this course and will sign a Printmaking Student User Agreement Form confirming an understanding of safety procedures.


Instructional Objectives:



1.    Students will discover methods for integrating visual communication and conceptual thinking into finished artworks.

2.    Students will utilize developed skills in the creation of complex and meaningful imagery.

3.    Students will develop the critical and reflective abilities to analyze a visual image or artwork and be able to discus the work in writing or verbal critique.

4.    Students will begin to recognize the importance of historical and contemporary context for understanding and creating artwork.


  1. Students will organize and develop plans for their printing process.
  2. Students will create original concepts and imagery for screen prints.
  3. Students will demonstrate successful registration and methods for layering color
  4. Students will increase creative problem solving abilities.


  1. Students will be actively involved and contribute to a positive classroom/studio atmosphere/community.
  2. Students will enable their own learning by coming to class prepared, completing all assignments and meeting all deadlines.
  3. Students will be open to experimentation and exploration of unfamiliar ideas.





Important Info for You:


Be active in your learning! This is your education; let me know what you need! If, during the course of the quarter, you feel that you need some extra help, advice, or feedback, let me know and we can schedule a time outside of class to meet. If you have questions during class, ask me. Your active involvement and your communication with me help to ensure that you get what you need from this course.


Please provide me with the name you prefer to use in class: I would like to use your preferred name or nickname and your pronouns. My roster provides limited information so please let me know in class, by email (, or in person if you suspect I do not have the information on my roster that you want me to use.


AMD Safety Statement:
Safety comes first! DePaul University is a learning community that fosters the pursuit of knowledge, transmission of ideas and development of skills in an environment that emphasizes accepting responsibility for oneself, for others and for society at large.

As a member of the DePaul community, you are expected to adhere to all University policies, including but not limited to the policies in
the Code of Student Responsibility and the Academic Integrity Policy, and policies and procedures set forth by specific departments.

Specifically, by enrolling in a Department of Art, Media, and Design (AMD) art/studio course you agree to adhere to the AMD Safe Use of Art Materials and Student Responsibilities requirements of the course(s) you are enrolled in for all art and related materials, tools, and equipment as per the specific course instruction. Failure to abide by and adhere to any of these responsibilities, procedures, policies, or requirements may result in an adverse impact on your grade in accordance with the syllabus, or in other sanctions through the Student Conduct Process or other university procedures.


Course Safety Statement: Every effort has been made to maximize use of non-toxic materials both for health and environmental reasons, however this course does utilize some potentially harmful materials. Safety practices, procedures and equipment will be covered throughout the semester and these procedures must be followed at all times.

Š     Familiarize yourself with Safety Data Sheets: SDS explanation

Š     Each student in this course will sign a Printmaking Student User Agreement Form confirming an understanding of safety procedures.


DePaul Students with Disability Services: Students seeking disability-related accommodations are required to register with DePaul's Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) enabling you to access accommodations and support services to assist your success. There are two office locations:
Loop Campus - Lewis Center #1420 - (312) 362-8002
Lincoln Park Campus - Student Center #370 - (773) 325-1677

Š     Please also feel free to discuss your challenges with me privately so I can assist in facilitating accommodations or simply so we are on the same page. It is best to speak with me early in the term and our conversation will remain confidential. This class focuses on creative solutions of every kind, and I assure you that we will be able to find an appropriate solution for any circumstance.


DePaul Support Services and Mental Health Services: DePaul has a large network of support services including The Dean of Students Office (DOS), which helps students navigate the college experience, particularly during difficulty situations such as personal, financial, medical, and/or family crises. For a list of support services and advocacy information, please visit DOS at


Expectations for Academic Integrity: Work done for this course must adhere to the University Academic Integrity Policy, which you can review in the Student Handbook or online at Academic integrity violations can warrant repercussions as severe as failure of the course.


E-mail Policy: I may use e-mail as a way to communicate with you regarding absence/tardy information, concerns for classwork or classroom behavior, your project grades, or other class information. In this case you may not receive in-class follow-up or paper copies of this information. I will use the email account that you have on file with DePaul.


Access and Resources / Technology Access

Richardson Library: Mac and PC, Adobe CS6 or Creative Cloud, other technologies, close to AMD, usually open MTWR 7:30am to 2am and shortened hours FSS.
List of general DePaul computer labs
: organized by available software (
here); some of the labs post open hours.

NOTES: If you use multiple versions of Adobe software (for example Creative Cloud and a prior version of Creative Suite) then save in a legacy format that can be opened in prior versions (one example).
If you use fonts that may not be on other computers, save/export the font files (.OTF .TTF .FNT) as well as the Adobe file so you can load the fonts onto another computer or save your Adobe file in a format that flattens or outlines the fonts (this is not appropriate for editing).





Schedule and Attendance:


Schedule: You must be in attendance to find out specifically that will be covered in class day-to-day. We will discuss detailed schedules and due-dates for individual assignments when they are assigned.


Attendance & Phone Policy:
Please read in full:
Studio courses have both intellectual and skill-building components that build throughout an academic term. Many classes have demonstrations and important critiques, which cannot be repeated outside of class. Therefore, class attendance is absolutely essential. For this course, which meets twice a week, a student may miss two classes during the term. For each additional absence a student’s grade will drop one complete letter. Three tardy arrivals or early departures will be equal to one absence.

Cell phone use (making or receiving calls, internet, apps, and texting) is not permissible in class. Students using cell phones or computers for content not pertinent to class will be counted as absent or may be asked to leave. Sometimes it is necessary to have access to a phone, so any student who might need to use a phone in class on any given day, should simply let me know before class. Cell phone use for music may be permissible for certain days and times if it is discussed and approved during class. Each student is responsible for any damage to his or her phone that results from an accident or contact with studio materials.








Evaluation: Your grade will consist of 3 project assignments with multiple components, a one-week studio service role, in-class support projects, and in-class participation. Support projects may include readings, writings, presentations, and studio projects; in-class participation may include verbal contribution in critique, general participation in studio work, bringing supplies to class, studio clean up, quizzes, and attendance. Extra credit points may be available for participating in or attending specific arts events that arise during the course of the term and that are approved as extra credit.
SCHEDULE & ASSIGNMENTS for specific information that is linked to each project.


Grade Scale for this class:          100–96=A     95–91=A-      90–86=B+     85–81=B       80–76=B-         75–71=C+     70–66=C       65–61=C-      60–56=D+     55–51=D       50–0=F


Explanation of Grades: The “C” grade is a mark of satisfactory performance; to earn a "C" grade in this class you must attend class, work during studio time, participate in class discussions and critiques, and complete all assignments adequately. To earn an "A" grade in this class you must attend class, exhibit engaged productivity or experimentation during studio, and offer meaningful contributions during discussions and especially during critiques. You must also exhibit a highly developed understanding of the concepts and the ability to create well-crafted and conceptually strong projects.
General Evaluation Key

How to turn in work—
All work is due at the start of class on the given due date unless otherwise noted.
Anything turned in over 5 minutes after it is requested is one full day late. An excused absence will not reduce your grade, but a tardy arrival will affect your grade.

Turning in late work—
Unfortunately, life is full of deadlines and unexpected events that get in the way of those deadlines; we are influenced by numerous pressures and events that happen outside of school. I understand all of this, and respect your right to choose whether or not a class assignment is your first priority at any given time. Your grade will suffer if work is not completed on time and in full, but I do accept late work at a significantly reduced grade.


Late work must be physically submitted by the start of the next class meeting and will not be accepted after that session without my permission; it may be submitted in class or delivered to my office (or to the art office with instruction that to be given to me) 1150 W Fullerton Ave, 3rd floor; my office is 321. Please speak to me about permission for an extension.


Emailed work (temporary solution)—
In some instances I may be willing to temporarily accept papers or images via email so they do not loose as much credit (remember to “CC” yourself so you will also have a record of when you sent the email). If you send an email I will still need the physical assignment by the next class meeting. I will not grade emailed images or papers.





Reading, Writing, & Citing Sources:


Reading: I will provide you with readings in printed format or digital format through the class website (they will be linked to the SCHEDULE & ASSIGNMENTS). Digital readings may be web links, or PDF downloads. You will be expected to find and obtain your own research readings related to the specifics of your project.
information for the Chicago Public Library:
information for the libraries at DePaul:


Writing: Written assignments must follow the principles of composition, grammar, and spelling. Pages are to be double-spaced, 10 to12-point Times-Roman (or similar) font, with standard margins. Please refrain from attaching pages with a dog‑eared corner and instead use a staple, a paperclip, or type your name on every page. Of course the university policy on plagiarism is enforced.

NOTE: DePaul’s
Writing Center is a great (free) service that can help you plan, revise and edit written assignments, double check citations, and review other aspects of your writing. It’s best to make an appointment (SEE: “how appointments work” link half way down page), but they also take walk-in requests at the Loop and Lincoln Park locations.


Citing Sources: You must cite all words or images you use from any outside source. Failure to do so can be seen as academic misconduct. Citation includes everything from Internet sources and images you’ve altered in Photoshop, to a digital snapshot taken by a friend. Often outside sources will not be allowed in visual assignments, but when permitted, sources must be appropriately credited (often in the assignment). Also, I will need a works cited document with the image appropriately cited and a copy of the original image. Sources do not need to be cited in journal entries or sketchbooks.
Academic Integrity


Links for citing image sources:

MLA style, from the University of Cincinnati.

MLA style, image citation information is located half way down the page.

Research and Documentation information.



Information for citing written sources:

Please use MLA standards.

Helpful information for citing sources:
See both “citing sources within your paper” and “assembling a list of works cited.”

Example of using a works cited and citing sources in the body of the paper (multi-page PDF)







We don’t have an expensive book for this class, so plan to spend your “textbook money” on supplies, especially paper for your projects. (You may have some of the basic materials from prior courses.) There may be a few supplies at the DePaul Barnes & Noble bookstore, but not many. General supplies can be purchased at an office supply store or craft store, but I’d suggest an arts supply store for most items like Blick or (Genesis) Art Supply or even online stores like Anthem if you order ASAP and items are in stock to ship. Sometimes discounts are available in store with student ID.

Supplies provided for you: mesh screens, hinge boards, exposure unit, wash-out booth, drying unit (screens), drying rack (prints), squeegees, ink plates, stencil paper (freezer paper), scoop-coaters, screen filler, screen filler remover, transparency printer, transparency rolls, mac computer with Adobe creative suite software (Creative Cloud), screen printing separation software, a flatbed scanner, emulsion, emulsion remover, degreaser, a multitude of additional studio supplies, cleaning tools, and cleaning products. Most of your ink and some of your test paper are provided as well.

Required Supplies:
* On the second day of class we will use: 2 coins, packing tape, painter’s tape, X‑Acto knife with new(ish) blade. The coins and tape are the most important supplies to have ASAP because it is hard to share those items. You may get ink on your clothes, so dress appropriately or bring an apron.




Optional Supplies:


Š     Registration Guides We have some registration tabs / brackets in the classroom, but you can also use registration pins and hole-punch your paper




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