COURSE INFO
Instructor: prof. Michael Barnes
Credit hours:
3--Contact hours: 90
Course number: ART 325
Department: Printmaking and Book Arts
Prerequisite: Those taking this course at the intermediate or advanced level must have completed Printmaking I or an equivalent.


Course Description
This course will explore a merging of traditional and non-traditional printmaking media as it may be utilized in an expansive contemporary art arena.  The class will introduce an array of techniques such techniques as woodcut and collagraph, to digitally generated print media, such as solar and polyester plates. Students will be instructed on how to achieve textural and hand-drawn elements, with a variety of multiple-color and multiple-image layering techniques that offer the potential to explore serial imaging and multi-media approaches. The collagraph will be incorporated both as an image making process on its own, as well as a means to produce multiple color layers in conjunction with the other techniques introduced during the course. The end result of the course will focus on the possibilities present for creating work that evidences an expanded contemporary and conceptual vocabulary, while acknowledging the vitality and applicability of traditional media.  This course is intended for students at both the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, though projects and learning outcomes will differ for students requesting intermediate or advanced printmaking credit. 
Meet the Faculty: Prof. Michael Barnes
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Michael Barnes was born in 1969 in Michigan of the United States. He grew up outside the small town of Ithaca, where his family lived on a wooded plot in the midst of farmland. This wooded plot contained a 19th century family cemetery where he spent much of his youth playing and fostering his imagination for later ventures in his artistic life.

He went on to receive his BFA from Alma College, Michigan in 1991 and his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1996, both with a focus on Printmaking. Michael developed a passion for the medium of lithography during his graduate studies at Iowa and has focused on this process for much of his work since. Michael now resides in St. Charles, Illinois, near Chicago, and is a professor of printmaking at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

The recent body of graphic works by Michael Barnes depicts figures that wander or are stranded within the vacuum that has been created for them by the specific world in which they exist. They are oblivious to their immediate surroundings and the menial tasks to which they are assigned or have voluntarily adopted to cope with their existence. The work addresses, in part, the destructive nature and absurdities that so readily prevail for human kind, along with themes of mortality and the philosophical questions of existence in general. The images are concerned with environment, social decay leaning towards an inward and isolated path, and cynicism about the historical evolution of so called civilization and its effects upon the world and its inhabitants.

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