The concentration in Printmaking (FAPR) is an extension of drawing and the courses offered expose the students to a different way of approaching art and of exploring connections between other art disciplines. We pride ourselves in creating an atmosphere that fosters a balance of technical proficiency as well as a strong aesthetic sensibility. Printmaking is a way of making art through a range of traditional techniques and alternative print practices, thus providing a solid foundation and an excitement to engage in current advancements in the print media. The students are able to produce multiple works of original art through the processes explored coupled with various stylistic approaches and individual sensibilities.
Each major area of printmaking is taught:relief, intaglio (etching), lithography and serigraphy (silkscreening). The basic courses build a solid foundation upon which other printmaking investigations can be expanded. Both black & white and color processes are explored. On the intermediate level the students are expected to develop technical skills in tool manipulation, multiple plate/stencil printing and the development of editions. The students are encouraged to investigate auxiliary processes and concepts. On the advanced level, the students are expected to be technically competent, innovative and conceptually challenged and critically aware. They are a point of specialization and strong image making. In all the printmaking classes, the faculty offer critical insights to help students develop mature personal work responsive to contemporary and societal issues.
Instruction takes place in an environment that promotes dialogue, interaction and cooperation. While maintaining traditional materials and equipment, the printmaking environment experiences a constant updating of approaches, thus acquiring an abundance of avenues to pursue hand-drawn, inked, printed images on wood, linoleum, plastic metal, stone and hand pulled silkscreen prints with traditional and ever-evolving new technological materials.
And what a wonderful facility we have!
The printmaking studio is a large, spacious and airy place which accommodates three of the four traditionally recognized processes: Relief (woodcut, linocut, and monotype); Intaglio (drypoint, etching, and collagraph); and Serigraphy (silkscreening and t-shirt/fabric printing).
The space includes a large classroom/working area, an acid room, a solvent cleaning room, two dark rooms, and three storage spaces. The classroom functions as a lecture and demonstration area as well as a work area which includes 18 work stations, three cleaning sinks, lots of counter space, additional work benches, and walls for display. The printmaking studio is equipped with a G5 Mac computer and peripherals, two 4-color t-shirt printing units, a curing unit, three etching presses (small, medium, and large), a hot plate, a designated paper soak sink, drying racks, paper and mat cutters, light boxes, and plenty of flat paper for student storage.
The individual rooms function for specialized activities, such as: photo etch; vertical and flat tray etching acid baths; silkscreen photo direct and indirect exposing; solvent cleaning; and deep sink screen water clean-up. The studio is well adapted to water- and oil-based inking techniques, even plastisol ink use.
Printmaking classes are offered to the Studio Art major as well as the non-major. Approximately 95-105 students enroll in lower and upper division courses each semester.