Printmaking introduces students to a range of traditional techniques and provides a wide exposure to contemporary practices in print media. Experimentation with technique, process and format is encouraged along with interdisciplinary exploration in other media areas.
Classes are offered in the four major printmaking processes: relief, intaglio, lithography, and screenprint. Intermediate/Advanced Printmaking is offered every Spring Term for students that have mastered two or more printmaking processes. In this advanced class, students expand on traditional techniques and explore their nascent artistic practice through experimentation with use of the mark, the matrix, and multiples.
Our print shop facilities include separate studios for intaglio/relief, lithography, screenprint, and papermaking. In addition, the Art Department has a letterpress studio. The print shop supports large-scale work providing a 42”x60” Nuarc Tri-Light exposure unit and a 72”x39.5” Takach etching press. Inventory includes vertical ferric etch tanks, screens, litho stones, etching and litho presses, supplies and solvents for all media. Advanced students at the BFA and MFA levels are provided with individual workspaces and have 24-hour access to the shops and equipment.
ARTR 346 Intro to Relief Printing
Woodcut, linoleum cut methods, single-and-multiple-color techniques of reduction cut, multiple blocks, stencils, and registration principles. Emphasis personal imagery development and technical skills.
Prerequisites: 2 terms of ART 233
ARTR 347 Intro to Intaglio
Students will learn all fundamental techniques used in intaglio printmaking on copper plates including: etched line, aquatint, soft ground, white ground, sugar-lift, dry point, scraping, burnishing and engraving. Students will also express their own visual ideas in their etchings, learning to develop personal images with attention to image, content, value and composition. The experience of drawing is fundamental to the course.
Prerequisites: ART 233
ARTR 410/510 Experimental Screenprinting
Exploration of unorthodox imaging approaches with screenprint. Monotypes, mixed media, and other permutations of stencil printing will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: 1 term screenprinting or equivalent.
ARTR 446/546 Intermediate/Advanced Relief and Intaglio
Relief printing emphasizes color techniques, chine colle', wood engraving, monotype, relief etching, and woodcut. Intaglio includes color methods with multiple plates, a la poupee, and photo processes. Focuses on personal imagery development.
Prerequisites: ARTR 346 or 347
ARTR 448/548 Screenprinting
Clarification and maturation os student's personal artistic direction is the aim. Inventiveness, imaginativeness, and analytical skills are fostered with that aim in mind. Prerequisites ARTR 348 or equivalent.
Open to all students with priority to majors.
ARTR 449/549 Lithography
The intermediate level of litho includes introduction to planning and executing work in multiple colors, as well as other techniques building upon material introduced at the beginning level. It is assumed that persons making a commitment of this kind have begun to find a personal direction and creative momentum in their work.
Prerequisites: ARTR 349, ART 233
Career Instructor, Printmaking
Office: 192C Lawrence Hall
Adjunct Instructor, Printmaking and Core
Adjunct Instructor, Printmaking