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PRINTMAKING

Printmaking is an artistic medium with unique technical qualities.  To make a print from an original block or specially prepares surfaces.  Exploring different mediums of printmaking technique,  Stone lithography and Etching.  Each technique has its own distinctive style, imposed by the tools, materials, and printing methods.  The metamorphosis that takes place between drawing and print became the strongest attraction for the creative artist.  Students will explore a wide variety of printmaking process. 

 Stone lithography is a sensitive printing process and rearmost medium, the technical process of stone lithography including preparation of stones, principal drawing and materials and printing skills, to more specialised subjects such as black and white print with various tone variation, colour printing and image transferring process etc.  

 Etching is a fabulous printmaking technique where the chemistry to incise a hand is drawn image into a zinc plate for printing on paper.  This workshop will focus on technical mastery and image-making on zinc plate, understanding of hard ground and as a soft ground, to achieve a variety of line and texture.  Aquatint and stop out techniques one colour top rolling process.  And edition printing process.

Understanding of printmaking process, materials, and techniques associated with edition print.  Interpretation of positive and negative spaces, composition, tonal variations, colour intensity and harmony.  Learning and exploring techniques of planography and relief paint

Our printmaking tutors are experienced artists and professionals; they exhibit work regularly, they are constantly trying out new ideas and techniques which inform their teaching,  the department offers printmaking processes from traditional intaglio, lithography and relie printing to photo and digital processes including photo etching,  photopolymer and photo-litho.  We are committed to exploring sustainable options in print and bookbinding and tutors encourage safe working practices.  You will learn a lot about professional practice and lots of working methods, experience that will enable you to become more independent in your own work

Printmaking itself has a rich history, and innumerable cultural contexts, allowing for a broad and rewarding learning journey as you try out new experience you may not have been exposed to.

You’ll explore engraving, etching, wood-relief, monoprint and more to create exciting new design and templates enabling you to create edition.  Even within each edition, each single issue can take on its own life creating a dynamic set of images.

It also has application in illustration, photography, and visual communications, with our respective degrees offering opportunities to explore printmaking their contexts.

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CRAFT MAKING

Do you love working with your hands? Are you artistically inclined? You may want to consider becoming a craft artist! A craft artist uses a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. They create handmade objects such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that can be designed to be either functional or to have aesthetic value only.

Craft artists create artwork and other objects that are visually appealing. Most artists work with their hands and are good at manipulating tools and materials to create their art. This usually requires significant skill in one or more art form. They also have active imaginations to develop new and original ideas for their work.

Craft artists typically do the following:
– Use their talent for knitting, weaving, glass blowing, painting, drawing, or sculpting
– Develop creative ideas or new methods for making art
– Create sketches, templates, or models to guide their work
– Select which materials to use on the basis of colour, texture, and strength
– Process materials, often by shaping, joining, or cutting
– Use visual elements: composition, colour, space, and perspective, to produce effects
– Develop portfolios highlighting their artistic styles and abilities

Craft artists work with many different materials, including ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, metal, and paper, to create unique pieces of art, such as pottery, quilts, stained glass, furniture, jewellery, and clothing. Many also use fine-art techniques—for example, painting, sketching, and printing—to add finishing touches to their products.

Some craft artists display their work in museums, commercial or non-profit art galleries, corporate collections, and private homes. Some of their artwork may be commissioned (requested by a client), but most are sold by the artists themselves in their own studios, online, in stores, or at arts-and-crafts shows.

Craft artists spend a great deal of time and effort selling their artwork to potential customers or clients and building a reputation. However, only the most successful artists are able to support themselves solely through the sale of their works. Most craft artists are self-employed, while others are employed in various private sector industries or by the government. Many work in private studios in their homes. Some share studio space, where they also may exhibit their work.

Studios are usually well-lit and ventilated. However, artists may at times be exposed to fumes from glue, paint, ink, and other materials. They may also have to deal with dust or other residue from filings, splattered paint, or spilt cleaners and other fluids. Part-time and variable work schedules are common for artists of all kinds. Many also hold another job in addition to their work as a craft artist. During busy periods, they may work overtime to meet deadlines.

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POTTERY

Pottery is an exciting medium that is at the forefront of the divide between art and craft.  This course offers the opportunity to make works which are practical, sculptural or decorative; anything, in fact, that can be made in clay

Pottery, one of the oldest and most widespread of the decorative arts, consisting of objects made of clay and hardened with heat.  The objects made are commonly useful ones, such as vessels for holding liquids or plates or bowls from which food can be served.

Clay, the basic material of pottery, has two distinctive characteristics: it is plastic (i.e., it can be moulded and will retain the shape imposed upon it ); and it hardens on firing to form a brittle but otherwise virtually indestructible material that is not attacked by any of the agents that corrode metals or organic materials.  Firing also protects the clay body against the effects of water.  If a sun-dried clay vessel is filled with water, it will eventually collapse, but, if it is heated, chemical changes that begin to take place at about 9000F (5000C) preclude a return to the plastic state no matter how the art of pottery is imbibed right in the history of mankind and has existed since time immemorial.

  The first forms of civilization of early man are recorded through various articles of pottery, which are still found intact and are regarded as precious fossils today.  They tell a story of a bygone era.  Such is the beauty and historical values of this ancient art form.

 In India the art of pot making is neither new nor unheard of.  Our rich history records the beautiful tradition of this art through the hands of artisans who created dolls, utensils, and other household articles.  Today, this art has evolved with time and has taken a new shape as one of the top preferred choices used in interior decors.  We live in an age where people understand the values of handmade objects and ask for customized art creations for their homes.  This is your chance to experience the art of pottery at the very basic level our course is specially designed to cater to students of all ages who have never tried a hand at pottery before.

 We begin the classes at the most basic level providing an introduction into the realm of pottery, understanding and preparing the clay, wedging and kneading techniques, centring the clay on the wheel, creation of basic shapes, hand-building and surface decorations techniques.  There is a lot of learning in pottery, without using the pottery wheel.  In this level, the techniques of hand pottery are taught, which are important for every potter.  Emphasis is given on surface decoration as well.  Students begin this level by learning the methodical ‘pinch pottery’.  Pinching can be used for ornamental or functional purpose and is a widely used process from ancient times to now.

 Students learn ‘coil pottery’ in the next step and create bowls, cups etc.  ‘Slap pottery’ is an essential learning in this level, it allows the student to create shapes that are otherwise difficult to achieve using a wheel.  Further, students progress to learn ‘Surface Decoration’ were carving, Etching, Springing, Faceting, creating cutworks, texturing and more and taught.

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SCULPTURE

Sculpture, an artistic form in which hard or plastic materials are worked into three-dimensional art objects.  The designs may be embodied in freestanding objects, in reliefs on surfaces, or in environments ranging from tableaux to contexts. An enormous variety of media may be used, including clay, wax, stone, metal, fabric, glass, wood, plaster, rubber, and random found objects. Materials may be carved, modelled, moulded, cast, wrought, welded, sewn, assembled, or otherwise shaped and combined.

Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions.  It is one of the plastic arts.  Durable sculptural processes originally used carving and modelling, in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since modernism, there has been an almost complete freedom of materials and process.  A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or moulded or cast.

The sculpturing course is designed to ensure you to produce a stimulating and rewarding sculpture project which allow you to develop your knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence in expressing your ideas and feelings through sculpture. You can choose to specialize in any form of sculpture, ceramic, wire, clay, stone, mixed media.

You will explore new skills, new materials, new techniques and an emerging you. at DOT we have experienced faculties who have seen over the years how making sculpture has the power to reveal themselves in their work. One of the wonderful parts of teaching sculpture is to see this emergence of the self through the three-dimensional storytelling and its evocations. For students, it often means letting go of some deep anxieties or the expression of powerful signifiers which reveal or reacquaint us with new or forgotten aspects of who we are.

Sculpture in stone survives far better than works of art in perishable materials, and often represents the majority of the surviving works of art in perishable materials, and often represents the majority of the surviving works from ancient cultures, though conversely, traditions of sculpture in wood may have vanished almost entirely.  However, most ancient sculpture was brightly painted, and this has been lost.

Finally, sculpture since the 20th century has not been confined to the two traditional forming processes of carving and modelling or to such traditional natural materials like stone, metal, wood, ivory, bone, and clay. Because present-day sculptors use any materials and methods of manufacture that serve with their purpose, the art of sculpture can no longer be identified with any special materials or techniques.

Through all these changes, there is probably only one thing that has remained constant in the art of sculpture, and it is this that emerges as the central and abiding concern of sculptors.

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DRAWING

In fine art, the term “drawing” may be defined as the linear realization of visual objects, concepts, emotions, and fantasies, including symbols and abstract forms. Drawing is considered as a graphic art that is characterized by an emphasis of form or shape, rather than mass and colour as in painting. Drawing is a little different form graphic printmaking processes, because, though a drawing may form the basis for replication, it is by its very nature, unique.

A drawing speaks to us over time and space.  The power of a drawing lies in, how the prints on a page shows the creative mind of the artist. Each drawing is a testimony to personal experience and thought. Whether it is a quick sketch, a doodle or a prolonged finished work.

This course deals with many subcategories of drawing including 3D or 2D modelling, special FX creation, animation in general, character drawing, game designing and interaction designing. Drawing includes eye-hand coordination, figure and still life drawing, use of media such as pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, brush etc and contextual, historical and stylistic aspects of drawing and some special projects.

The drawing course aims to explore drawing as an art form, in its fundamental concepts and as a means of expression.  By looking at the works of great masters we will consider how drawing has changed throughout history.  Through the practice and understanding of the elements of drawing, Students reach toward fluency and expression of their visual ideas and concepts.

The course is structured around the idea of how to see.  How to rend and how to express.  Different core concept of drawing will be introduced each class. Students will explore a range of mediums, from pencil, pen, charcoal, pastel, ink and watercolour. Drawing is the way through which almost every artist communicates.  The ability to translate an idea into a concrete form is both exciting and creative in its process.  As artists must continually hone this skill, both beginning and advanced students are welcome.