As a student in the Department of Printmaking, you will receive the technical and aesthetic instruction and learn the critical-thinking skills necessary to develop as working print artists. You will create work in a variety of fine art print media to develop a distinctive vision and a professional approach.
Printmaking is an extension of drawing; thus, drawing and compositional skills are developed along with those of printmaking. You will learn the basics of the major techniques and must achieve mastery in lithography and etching. Black-and-white and color processes are taught in all media within the program. You are also encouraged to pursue other areas of the printmaking curriculum, such as relief, monotype, letterpress printing, and book arts. Aesthetic understanding is developed through studio projects leading to more self-directed work on the upper levels. Lectures, demonstrations, and workshops with well-known visiting artists and master printers further enhance the curriculum.
Recent visiting artists include Kathryn Polk, Drive by Press, Kristen Martincic, and master printers Carolyn Muskat and Peter Pettengill. The Department of Printmaking has hosted Beauvais Lyons and Phyllis McGibbon in its Auerbach Visiting Artist Lecture Series during the past several years. The nationally recognized Hartford Art School Print Workshop has hosted major collaborations between artists and master printers in our facilities yearly since 1978. These workshops provide our students with the opportunity to observe artists and printers collaborating to create original editions of prints, and sometimes to participate in their production.
The your work will lead to your senior exhibition and help prepare you for graduate school or a career in printmaking and the arts, whether as a gallery artist, or in some fine arts printing capacity, teaching, or other professional fields within the greater art community.