Everyday we deal with printed images. Anything that is made in a reproducible format is technically a print. Photocopies, rubber stamps, newspapers, photographs, posters, your favorite concert t-shirt, and the page that you print from your desktop printer or the your post on Instagram
In practical contexts, prints and print process often signify important information. An example would be the passport stamp you receive in your passport book upon entering and exiting a country or the hand stamp after you have paid for admission to a theme park. But whether these things can be classified as "art" depends on the intention of the maker. They demonstrate prints and print processes that serve a particular, non-artistic functions. Today the line between printmaking art and other printed forms has been blurred as artists re-examine the traits that define printmaking and look to such moments and their cultural contexts as fair game for artistic interpretation.
Fine art printmaking is usually defined through the technical process of relief, intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy/silkscreen. In this course, you will be introduced to monoprinting, linoleum cuts, etching using solar plates, and silkscreen. If you elect to continue your studies in Printmaking by repeating this course, new digital processes, which have recently been added to the printmaking mix, will be explored and incorporated into your printmaking tool kit.
As with any artistic enterprise, the medium or process exists as the means to realize an idea.
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