What makes RISD's Printmaking program unique?
The department strives to make our students Printmakers who understand their craft and to trascend the craft. Sophomore year Printmaking majors spend the first year of the program mastering the four major technical areas; intaglio, screenprinting, lithography, and relief. Semester-long courses present these techniques through demonstrations, lectures and museum visits.
The Junior Printmaking year stresses the search for meaning and content. Advance print electives and out of major studio electives revolve around two semesters of a Junior critique workshop. Students are encouraged to experiment in and out of the major and question any assumptions that were established in the sophomore year. Extensive individual and group critiques help students to identify content, concepts and working methods.
Senior year Printmaking students have individual workspaces and work intensively with faculty critics and visiting artists on advanced studio work. The goal is to follow through on researched, highly developed personal projects. This work is proposed, executed and evaluated under the supervision of the faculty critic.
Work is evaluated at regular intervals throughout the final year. Students are encouraged to understand ongoing work as a process, not a product. The year culminates in a degree project. This work expected to show integration of artistic ideas and means of making.