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A surreal, colorful riso print

RisoLAB Remote Series: Zines and Small Publishing

Jan 26 - Mar 9
Tuesday 7:00-9:00 PM (EST) 6 sessions
Tuesday 7:00-9:00 PM (EST) 6 sessions
Panayiotis Terzis, RisoLAB manager, School of Visual Arts; owner, Mega Press
How to use Risograph effectively as a tool for self-publishing is the focus of this course. Students will be guided through the process of designing and preparing artwork in digital formats that will be ready to print. After a comprehensive introduction to the Risograph medium, we will explore color, form, layout and pagination, and how to communicate ideas in book form. Assignments will act as conceptual sparks for exploring new directions. Students will prepare print files for several print and zine editions, and will receive feedback on their work in group and individual critiques. In addition to technical instruction, examples of Riso-based publications from across the small publishing underground will be viewed and discussed, and we will trace the history of the zine and self-publishing impulse from Thomas Paine to the printmaking revival of the 2000s. Students will discover that producing a simple pamphlet in an edition can be an empowering act.
NOTE: Access to the RisoLAB is not available for the spring 2021 semester. All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.
Course Number
1.5 CEUs
  • The School of Visual Arts online courses are hosted in Canvas, our College-wide learning system. Most computers (5 years old or newer recommended) can access the course(s) without a problem. The courses work with Windows (Windows 7 and newer), Macintosh (Mac OSX 10.10 and newer), and Linux (chromeOS). Participants will need a minimum screen size of 800x600 (the average size of a netbook) and good broadband (Minimum of 512kbps) Internet connection to participate in the online courses.