Printmaking Program Mission Statement
The printmaking program is designed to provide a positive environment in which a broad range of artistic viewpoints can flourish. We believe in building a solid foundation of practical skills and conceptual knowledge. We guide the student into a process-oriented mode of thinking using the methods of printmaking. Critical seeing, critical thinking and critical problem solving are developed as essential skills for artists and they are realized through a unique visual language.
The mission of the printmaking major is to prepare the student to engage printmaking on a professional level. The printmaking major fosters a knowledgeable and Humanistic approach to image development while encouraging independent thinking. The goal of the printmaking program is to nurture the creative self as one who is aware, capable and open-minded. The faculty prides itself on assisting students in their search for their artistic vision.
In printmaking, the student is asked to apply the ideas and skills acquired in the Foundation year from drawing, design and art history. Exposure to a variety of methods of printmaking encourages students to further develop visual thinking and expression with clarity, effectiveness and quality.
Emphasis is placed on originality of idea, development through drawing, construction issues, the use of equipment and materials, revision or modification inherent to the process approach and finally, a resolution of all the aspects evidenced in the process. Individual growth, the realization of inner talents, knowledge of their capacity and the importance of the search are the objectives presented to the student in printmaking.