Object based learning with the Print Collection

The collection actively seeks and supports curriculum at the University. It has a strong teaching tradition particularly in the disciplines of paper conservation, art historical and curatorial studies. Yet images are also relevant to disciplines beyond the visual arts. Prints may be utilised during classes and for assessment tasks; prior discussion and booking of prints and rooms in the Baillieu Library with the curator is essential. Enquires about object based learning with prints are always welcome.

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Engraving showing The practitioners of the visual arts
Cornils Cort after Jan van der Straet
The practitioners of the visual arts
1578 engraving
Baillieu Library Print Collection
The University of Melbourne
Gift of Dr J. Orde Poynton 1959.
Thank you once more for the support that the Baillieu Library Print Collection provided toArt History: Theory and Controversy.  Students loved the opportunity to engage directly with historic prints and nearly 100 of our 143 students chose to write about works from the collection. The essays showed their enthusiasm for the material as they discussed details about the paper, the visual dimensions of objects and other tactile qualities that can only come out of direct engagement with the works themselves.

Why study prints?

Hands-on experiential learning offers unique and meaningful interactions between people and objects. Students currently utilise the collection to study materiality, printmaking techniques and technology. They also work in groups to devise exhibitions, learning about the challenges and skills required for professional settings. Comparative visual analysis between images develops foundation skills for research. The application of art theory to prints provides practical academic exercise. Students also benefit from describing the subject of the prints in detail; these observation skills are useful across many disciplines and prints have been used by medical students and veterinary students, for example to apply the visual observation skills to enhance their x-ray reading. Discovering individual artists, the historical events reflected through the prints and perspective methods, also highlights social, economic, financial and mathematical concepts.