Students exploit the print matrix in purposeful experimentation of variation, permutation, and systematic experimentation. Students use print as means to rethink drawing practice and question formal habits or preconceptions about making images. Students have a general understanding, across all techniques, of formal principles of layering, transparency, color separation and integration (clear grasp of optical and physical mixing of inks). Students are versatile in integrating fabricated (hand-drawn) imagery with sampled (photo/digital) imagery with high degree of visual coherence and material integrity, and understand the impact of series, sequence, and multiples on visual imagery.
Students gain technical proficiency in a broad range of print techniques including, but not limited to, relief, intaglio, monoprint, screenprint, book arts, stone and positive plate lithography, digital print, and alternative/experimental processes, including, paper plate lithography, photo transfers, pronto plates, solar plates, and print gocco. Students acquire understanding and technical mastery of editioning (ability to generate a series of hand pulled prints from multiple matrices) as a professional, creative, and collaborative practice. Students develop the ability to integrate contemporary photo/digital media, either into print-based works or as purely digital output and are facile with pre-press processes (such as linescreens and color separation) necessary to integrate sampled imagery. Students develop the ability to integrate disciplines from outside traditional print into studio practice: examples include drawing/ painting, installation, photo-transfer processes, sculpture/casting, motion graphics, web-based art, etc., and proficiency in exhibition practices and conventions.
Students develop a basic understanding of print’s history and current relevance, and an understanding of printmaking’s role within the canon of fine art and as a vehicle for vernacular culture, social dissent, and cultural identity. Students gain a familiarity with how contemporary artists have exploited the “high-art“ and “low-art” legacy of printmaking and learn to draw conceptual inferences from formal or technical decisions. Students explore layering as a tool to create visual and conceptual hierarchies within a given piece, come to grasp critical context for sampling and appropriation within a postmodern paradigm, and develop the ability to integrate self-directed research practice into studio work. Students learn to critically discuss and interpret studio works within the context of historical and contemporary print and to articulate printmaking vocabulary into other disciplines (examples: investigations of multiple form in sculpture and installation, strategies of dissemination or alternative delivery in web-based or graphic design, investigations of the social dimensions of printed matter in public and community based art.) Students come away with the ability to write clearly about their personal artistic practice and to examine methods of inquiry for art making and research, artistic influences and relationships to