We offer courses in intaglio (etching, drypoint, aquatint), lithography (stone, plate, photo) and relief (linocut, woodcut). Printmaking is a pivotal area of concentration because it integrates photographic, typographic and digital technologies. Students are encouraged to synthesize images by combining traditional and innovative methods. Our facilities, accommodated in three adjoining studios, include two lithographic presses, two intaglio presses, two flatbed letterpresses and a small darkroom. Printmaking students have access to the departments' photographic darkroom and computer lab.
Students work on linoleum cuts and print on a Vandercook press for the Relief Printing and Typography course taught by Gary Richman. Printmaking I students learn intaglio techniques of etching, aquatint, softground, liftground and monoprint, and shown here working on an American French Tool press. Printmaking II is lithographic techniques, either drawing on lithographic limestone or working with photolithography. In the advanced printmaking classes students can choose which technique to pursue in developing a body of work. Lilla Samson and Barbara Pagh teach these courses.