Print Media

Printshop at Alfred

The area of Print Media is supported by a state of the art, digital and traditional print facility that provides students with an extensive opportunity to participate in the exploration of the most current print technologies including several wide format digital printers, a computer networked image setter for color separations, and hand and offset lithographic presses. Recent additions include laser engraving and a host of digital printers that offer endless possibilities of exploration and expression.
Approaches include the exploration of the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the question what is a print, through investigations of image and image processes embedded in printmaking; the physical mark making techniques of traditional printmaking processes such as intaglio, relief, and lithographic processes.
This relationship between the static space of the printed page and the dynamic temporal space of the computer becomes the ground for inquiry common to all courses taught in the area of Print Media opening the way for the image to be experienced as both physical and electronic process. Through diverse perspectives, which focus on a range of fundamental aspects of printmaking processes and forms of the print, the courses offer experiences that provide the tools to understand print media within a contemporary framework.

Introduction to Print Media
This course is focused on image making and image processing in relation to experiencing a broad range of printmaking processes and forms. It provides an introduction to the tools, technologies, and concepts necessary to develop the skills to make images within a contemporary print framework. Practices including woodcut, etching, lithography, mono prints, and new digital inkjet print technologies will be investigated. Printed images will evolve by working with a combination of hand and digital processes, with ink and with computer software, thus allowing the print to be understood as both physical and electronic process. Ideas inherent to the process of printmaking such as reproduction, translation, synthesis, remixing, proofing, recombination, and collage form the basis for discussion and inquiry.

Erin Blackwell, Stephen Shaeffer, Jason Dearing, Sophia Eichholz, Chelsea Leung, Chris Coyle -   Kathryn Vajda 2013

Advanced Print Media is an extensive investigation into the traditional and non-traditional uses of materials and processes that grow out of the concepts inherent in kinetic, photographic and electronic printmaking processes. The focus is on issues involving specific forms of print media (book, print-suite, single print, mass production, CD-ROM, print installation). Time and instruction provided help to deepen students experience in one or more printmaking processes including etching, lithography, woodcut, and digital inkjet technologies. Content varies from instructor to instructor.

Digital Print Media: An exploration of printing activities and techniques that question and expand the inter- faces of the traditional print media of lithography, woodcut, and etching with contemporary digital imaging activities and techniques. Through the making of work we will look at how digital technolo- gies affect the contemporary vocabulary of printmaking. We work with moving and still images and with images on paper as well as on the internet. We make, send and receive images as ways of understanding how ideas about print media are expanding, how these same ideas have historically been rooted in notions about communication, and how we can conceive and make print transla- tions that cross traditional media.

Candy, Laser Woodcut, Zihao Chen, 2013

Artists Multiples is an advanced course that explores ideas about artists’ books and a wide range of printed multiple forms including objects, installations, CD-ROM and DVD. The notion of the multiple is explored in contrast to the traditional fine art print. Offset printing, traditional processes, and new emerging technologies will be utilized to produce work. Ideas inherent to the process of printmaking such as reproduction, translation, synthesis, remixing, proofing, recombination and collage will form the basis for discussion and inquiry.

Artist Multiples Class, the Laser Zine Project, Laser cut Woodblocks, each student holding their finish book. Joseph Scheer, 2013

Senior Studio - In senior year of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, students embark on an independent studio practice. Ideas, concepts and techniques are explored in depth, leading to a thematic development and an individual body of work. In addition to weekly meetings with senor advisors and participation in critiques and discussions, students are expected to work a minimum of twenty hours per week independently in their studio. Students undertake a thorough exploration of ideas and process leading to a thesis exhibition in May. An artist statement and proposal for exhibition are also required/ Topical readings, group discussions, professional practice and individual presentations are part of the curriculum.

Print Media seniors with their work, 2013 Senior Shows, Joseph Scheer

Camille Chew 5 Animal Masks, Senior Show – Print Media, Joseph Scheer and Will Contino, 2013

   Lauren Carli, Woodcut print, Print Media. Senior, Will Contino, 2013

Emily Greenfield working on a series of Walleye prints.