Reduction Print Series

Houston 3/09

Please hand in your edition of prints (signed correctly), your photograph, any proofs, and any other print details you think might be helpful in my assessment of your work.

In this print series you were to create an edition of four or more prints, all the same, using a three-color reduction carving/printing process. The subject was either YOU or someone you know well. You needed to plan carefully both the carving and your colors. You also were to work on getting as good / correct inking/printing as possible. Given our ink woes and much trial and error, my hope is that you have come out of this project with at least one good print.

Technical Skills

Exceeds the Standard
• Craftsmanship and presentation of your prints is high quality. You have made every effort at having high quality printing.
• Your inking is smooth and even, with not so much that it oozed into your carved areas, yet with minimal white spots (or spots of color) showing unintentionally through the layers (I know this was difficult)
• Layers are aligned very accurately.
• Your carving shows good planning and helps the viewer read the form.
• Your paper edges are clean. Your paper is very tidy, with no wrinkles or bent edges.
• You have numbered and signed your prints very neatly and accurately.

Meets the Standard
• Inking, printing and presentation of the print is good quality.
• Layers are aligned fairly accurately.
• Your prints are tidy, with few ink smudges, wrinkles or bent edges.
• You have numbered and signed your prints accurately.

Partially Meets the Standard
• Inking, printing and presentation of the prints is fair quality.
• Your paper is messy, with ink spots, wrinkles and/or bent edges.

Does Not Meet the Standard
• Print portfolio is not complete and/or does not meet the criteria of the project.
• It is unacceptable in regards to presentation and craftsmanship.


Creative Problem-Solving

Exceeds the Standard
• Great attention has been paid to finding a portrait and composition that would work well for this project.
• The breakdown of values (done through Photoshop) has been very carefully observed and carved in the correct order.
• Your work shows you thought carefully about the types of carving lines you wished to use.
• You have clearly pushed yourself with this project.

Meets the Standard
• Good attention has been paid to finding a portrait and composition that would work well for this project.
• The breakdown of values (done through Photoshop) has been observed fairly accurately and carved in the correct order.
• Your work shows you thought somewhat about the types of carving lines you wished to use.
• You have clearly pushed yourself with this project.

Partially Meets the Standard
• The initial steps of this assignment needed more attention.
• While some thought was put into carving, mistakes were made and were not fixed.

Does Not Meet the Standard
• This project does not meet the criteria of the project. It is unacceptable and/or incomplete.


Reasoning/Thinking Skills

In the space below, please justify your placement on the above rubric for BOTH the technical and creative problem-solving standards. Each justification should be at least 3 to 4 complete sentences. Use the back of the sheet as necessary to complete your answers.

1. Technical Skills Justification, specifically, what led you to do this level of work? (you will first need to identify and state your level):




2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification, specifically, what did you do well and what could you have done better?:




3. Why is it important to really think in the initial stages of a reduction print process? Why do you need to not stop thinking?



4. What were you most inspired by in this project? Visuals? Other students? Past experiences with prints? The media? ????????



5. What other subject matter do you think would be interesting to do in this method of printmaking?