Printmaking is the practice of making prints, a process of creating multiple originals.
Although there is the economic factor of supplying images to a wider audience in the history and development of the many printmaking processes, the fine art of Printmaking focuses on the artist’s exploration of the creative potential and unique expression in these techniques.
For students interested in practicing Printmaking, an introductory course is offered each semester. Introduction to Printmaking (ARTS-120) is offered each Fall. Students learn to create relief prints (Linocuts and Woodcuts) and Lithographs. Students learn the various stages of designing, drawing, inking and printing their images. In the Spring semester, Introduction to Intaglio (ARTS-121) is offered. Students investigate the various processes of dry point, line etching, aquatint and monotype.
Students who have taken two semesters of Printmaking can continue their study of Printmaking in a Directed Study (ARTS-221) which requires the instructor’s and Department’s approval.
Printmaking courses have a lab fee that covers course materials, equipment maintenance and some classroom supplies. However, students still have to purchase some of their own art supplies such as special papers. This expense is similar to the cost of books in other courses.