The different techniques of printmaking developed over hundreds of years, each with its own visual qualities, strengths, and limits. All the main processes of printmaking are still in use by artists today and are constantly being rediscovered and updated to include new technologies.
Many fine artists make work in printmaking, creating print editions or multiples. While some artists see printmaking as another avenue of expression for their ideas, other artists combine printmaking processes such as silkscreen with painting or sculpture to create their main body of work.
We offer courses in silkscreen, lithography, etching, woodcut, letterpress and bookmaking. Most courses start from traditional hand-drawn images to make plates and screens and move on to explore the use of digital imaging. Printmaking remains one of the only ways to use digital imagery directly.
Because printmaking processes use printing presses, scanners, printers, and plate-making to create prints, having access to the facilities and equipment is very important. For that reason, students taking printmaking classes have access to the printmaking facilities
outside of class as classroom schedules allow.
NOTE: No spray paint, spray adhesives, spray fixatives, aerosols of any kind, resins (excluding Aqua Resin), turpentine, lacquers, etc., are allowed on SVA property. Gamsol is the only SVA-approved solvent.