PSU’s Printmaking Program provides a platform for focusing on contemporary art practices while working with traditional and current print processes. The program stresses exploring traditional approaches while encouraging you to push beyond traditional boundaries, such as working digitally, spatially, and/or in an interdisciplinary approach if desired. Traditional processes, contemporary approaches, and non-toxic printing methods are investigated. The printmaking program offers a wide range of processes: etching, lithography, serigraphy, relief, monotype, collagraph, embossing, letterpress, and digital printmaking. The history of printmaking is taught in each course; coincidently contemporary artists are researched and discussed. You’ll be encouraged to explore the vast medium while focusing on developing your own artistic voice. The Art Department’s Visiting Artist Program will expose to multiple viewpoints from nationally working artists and provide you with hands-on demonstrations, critiques, and one-on-one discussions.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (Printmaking Concentration)
Bachelor of Art in Studio Art (Printmaking Concentration)
Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a Printmaking Concentration
The 2D program will provide you with a positive environment in which a broad range of artistic viewpoints can flourish. You’ll build a solid foundation of perceptual, technical, and theoretical knowledge that will help you pursue your direction of choice. Combining a sound foundation with experimentation and risk-taking is vital for the skilled artist of the future. Exposure to a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making is necessary for students to make informed choices when developing individual visual ideas and directions. The faculty prides itself on nurturing diversity and independent thinking and nurtures students in their search for a personal artistic vision.
Studio Art Option
|Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.|
|AR 1045||Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content||4|
|AR 1065||Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning||4|
|AR 1075||Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language||4|
|AR 1080||Art Foundations: Digital and New Media (TECO)||4|
|AR 2520||Drawing: Figure in Value||4|
|AR 3010||Painting: Theory and Process||3|
|Ceramics Elective - complete one of the following:||4|
|Printmaking Elective - complete one of the following:||4|
|Sculpture Elective - complete one of the following:||4|
|Studio Electives - complete 8-9 credits of 3000/4000 level courses from ONE of the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture [not ARDI]||8-9|
|AH 1130||Art History Foundations: 12 Monuments||3|
|AH 1140||Art History Foundations: Visual Culture||3|
|AH 2700||20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO)||3|
|AH 3100||Contemporary Art Seminar (INCO)||3|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||3|
|CTDI||Creative Thought Directions||6|
|PPDI||Past and Present Directions||6|
|SIDI||Scientific Inquiry Directions||6-8|
|SSDI||Self and Society Directions||6|
|Foreign Language (GACO)||6|
The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.
*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.
The printmaking studio is a well-equipped space on the third floor of the Draper and Maynard Building that provides beautiful views of the surrounding White Mountains. The studio offers a clean working area with flat file storage; cutting table; paper tearing station; lighted critique boards; general working spaces. A ventilated “dirty” working area includes general working spaces; lithography working space: press, graining sink, hydraulic lift, stones, and printing stations; an etching space: locked acid room with an excellent ventilation system, 3 presses, inking stations, hotplate; letterpress area with three small presses; silkscreen station and sink; ventilated spray booth. The digital space is equipped with an iMac; large Epson printer; laser printer; scanner; digital projector. Students are provided with lockers and flat files within the printmaking studio and 24-hour access to the studio.