PRINTMAKING & PHOTOGRAPHY

Encompassing the disciplines of relief print, serigraphy, intaglio, lithography, digital printmaking, paper making, and book arts, Printmaking highlights the development of ideas and concept while honing skill and technical command. Students are encouraged to study the basic substructure that carries their images and to be sensitive to the subtle influences in the expressions found in handmade papers. The book arts area also studies typography, book design, artist books, papermaking, illustration, production techniques, and computer typesetting.

Each printmaking technique is explored in specialized labs containing state-of-the-art print equipment with a faculty of specialists who offer instruction emphasizing in-depth technical knowledge in studios designed and outfitted for specific printing techniques.

Etching/Intaglio

The etching/intaglio classes present a thorough grounding in traditional techniques, while encouraging experimentation and an orienting of the print in the center of current artmaking. There is an emphasis on sophisticated color printing and the incorporation of other non-traditional formats. The facilities include four etching presses and a state-of-the-art platemaker for photoetching.

Courses

Art 326: Etching
Art 526: Advanced Etching/Intaglio
Art 726/826: Graduate Etching/Intaglio

Faculty

Emily Arthur
Faisal Abdu’Allah

Lithography

The lithography classes are based on individual conceptual development as well as “hands-on” course work geared towards craftsmanship and professionalism. All phases of lithography are stressed including direct, transfer, photo and computer generated imagery utilizing both stones and plates. The center of the program is a well-equipped workshop incorporating five presses, a large graining sink, and over 75 stones of varying sizes up to 30x40 inches.

Courses

Art 316: Lithography
Art 516: Advanced Lithography

Faculty

Emily Arthur
Faisal Abdu’Allah

Relief Printing

Relief printing courses offer instruction in woodcut, wood engraving, and linocut. Skill in the use of hand tools is stressed, as well as experimentation with power tools and the laser engraver. Besides its use as a powerfully expressive medium on its own, the relief print as it is used in typographic design and fine book production is also explored.

Courses

Art 306: Relief Printmaking
Art 506: Advanced Relief Printmaking

Faculty

John Hitchcock

Serigraphy

Classes in serigraphy (screenprinting) explore various techniques used to develop stencils from basic hand drawn and cut paper designs, to advanced photo and digitigraphic processes. With a workshop linked directly to the digital printmaking studio, these courses emphasize the integration of traditional silkscreen methods, photo techniques, and current computer image processing with large format printing.

Courses

Art 336: Serigraphy
Art 536: Advanced Serigraphy

Faculty

John Hitchcock
Emily Arthur
Faisal Abdu’Allah

Book Arts

Book Arts investigates the multiple and sequential visual imagery of the non-printed book, including its design and creation. The program introduces book structures and skills used in binding and to acquaint students with the formal, visual and technical aspects of bookmaking, exploring the relationships between concept, design and book structures. They experience hands-on work using book making tools and materials and gain an appreciation of book structures as a creative and expressive medium. In the working process, students are provided an opportunity for experimentation with a range of materials and equipment. The program helps develop good working habits, discipline, accuracy and precision.

Courses

Art 446: Artists’ Books
Art 466: Papermaking: History, Elements and Techniques
Art 646: Art of the Printed Book

Faculty

Jim Escalante

Papermaking

The program in Papermaking is concerned with understanding the inherent qualities of the materials used in this medium, first, as applied to traditional sheet forming and, second, as they relate to contemporary concepts involving casting, pulp painting, and vacuum forming. Printmakers are encouraged to study the basic substructure that carries their images and to be sensitive to the subtle influences in the expressions found in handmade papers.

Courses

Art 466: Papermaking: History, Elements and Techniques

Faculty

Jim Escalante

Photography ― Film & Digital

Photography inspires students as they pursue advanced research practices, strictly in the photography medium or in combination with other disciplines such as book arts, typography, printmaking, installation, video, or web-based work. The courses provide a supportive atmosphere for artistic development in traditional darkrooms and in digital photo labs. Advanced students fold alternative processes and large-scale printing into their bodies of work. Photography classes, at the graduate level, have a high teacher to student ratio in order to promote an atmosphere of personal growth.

The photography labs include facilities for black-and-white photography, digital photography, alternative processes, with large scale black/white and digital printing.

Courses

Art 176: Introduction to Digital Photography for Non-Art Majors
Art 376: Photography (Black and White Film/Darkroom)
Art 476: Intermediate Photography (Digital)
Art 576: Advanced Photography (All Types)

Faculty

Tom Jones