The Graphic Arts area encourages the development of a personal and public voice through a broad range of approaches utilizing printing, typography, graphic images, pictograms, book arts, and interactive Web art. In addition to developing traditional skills in the field of graphic design, this area focus on enabling ways for artists to work outside the gallery space and engage with their communities. Course content and seminars are structured around critical thinking and histories of artist's books, publishing, graphic novels, urban interventions, street graphics, public art, and many other strategies for a socially engaged practice.

The Graphic Arts facilities include large scale and 3d printing in the Advanced Production Lab, computer labs with Adobe suite access, printmaking studios, Risograph printing, and a Book Arts studio.

Sample classes include:

The Graphic Arts Toolbox: Design, Production, & Alternative Strategies
Remade, Recycled, Reconfigured
Branding: Signs & Symbols
Type as Image
Codex in Context
Artists’ Books: A Hybrid

Print, Paper, and Graphic Arts Faculty

 

Print courses offer in-depth instruction of the traditional printmaking techniques--relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen-printing--as well as a wide variety of mixed-media and interdisciplinary approaches. Processes are taught as a means of visual expression and exploration while edition and production skills are addressed by means of various print exchange portfolios throughout the year.

Relief and Intaglio facilities include three etching presses, and the adjoining lithography area has a large selection of stones and four litho presses. The screenprinting studio is entirely water-based and is equipped with darkroom facilities as well as a large vacuum-frame exposure unit. The studios share computer workstations equipped with scanners and software for digital imaging, along with large format printers for color output and production of film positives for photo processes in all media.                     

Papermaking courses explore the possibilities of pulp as a dynamic and versatile material that can be used two and three dimensionally as well as made from a variety of materials (plant fibers, old clothing, recycled papers). Its incorporation with sculpture, painting, photography, bookmaking, and printmaking can expand and personalize more traditional uses of these media.

The Paper studio is fully equipped with two Hollander beaters, a mixer/hydropulper, hydraulic press, vacuum table and pulp sprayers.

Sample classes include:

Intaglio & Etching
Screenprinting A-Z
Woodcut/Relief: Alternatives
Nitty Gritty of Carborundum: Monoprinting with Collagraphs
Papermaking Hybrids: From Sculpture to Drawing
Papermaking: Drawing and Painting with Pulp

Print, Paper, and Graphic Arts Faculty

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