The printmaking area at Washington State University integrates traditional practices with contemporary processes, offering diverse avenues of exploration in print media. The courses introduce students to the basic processes, concepts and histories of printmaking and the context in which it operates. As a medium that shares common ground with drawing, painting, photography and digital media, the printmaking area fosters diversity and experimentation.
Students focusing in the printmaking area will gain technical proficiency in a variety of processes, while developing their own personal ideas and esthetics in light of contemporary issues and practices.
The printmaking studios at WSU have been designed to provide a professional facility for explorations in print media at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The printmaking area has one room devoted to lithography, relief, intaglio, and associated processes and another exclusively for screenprinting. In addition, there is also a photo-processes room with a washout booth, pressure washer and exposure unit and an acid and grounds room, totaling 2700 square feet of combined space. All rooms are vented for safe use of materials with the addition of pull-down vents and a downdraft worktable in the lithography and etching area. The printmaking area also accesses the digital media lab for medium format ink-jet printing and film generation.
Takach Litho Press 34” x 60” (30” x 40” Plate Block)
Takach Litho Press 34” x 60″
Takach Etching Press 34” x 60”
Brand Etching Press 12” x 24”
Showcard Press 22” x 28”
One-Arm Screen Printing Press for screens up to 45” x 60”
3 – Manual Screenprinting Vacuum Tables, approx 26” x 38”
Amergraph AdVantage 150 31” x 41” Exposure Unit
Litho stones up to 22” x 30”
Vertical Etching Tanks up to 18” x 24”,
Grabbit Roller and Large Diameter Rollers
Aquatint Box for plates up to 18” x 24”.