Anyone who has a particular calling to a certain profession is in a way like a salmon, and one of the attributes of a salmon is that they are compelled to swim upstream no matter what.
The Printmaking program at PAFA is structured to provide highly personalized attention to each artist through individual and group mentoring, classes and critiques. Instruction includes both color and black-and-white techniques and provides advanced courses for in-depth experience and specialized technical training with printmaking methods.
Printmaking students gain mastery in woodcut and relief printmaking, etching, drypoint and other intaglio processes, plate and stone lithography and the arts of silkscreen, letterpress, book arts and digital media.
Beyond the technical skills, PAFA also emphasizes professional skills including lessons on how to create an artist’s resume, digital documentation and artist’s statements, and how to make effective presentations.
All advanced Certificate and BFA students are provided studio working space. Students have 24-hour access to the studios, which are maintained in a facility with safety and security features.
The Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building houses large, completely equipped studios for lithography, etching (intaglio), silkscreen, book arts, and woodcut classes. These are spacious, open-plan studios with an abundance of natural light, a state-of-the-art ventilation system, a separate lecture and student archives room, and broad areas of work and storage space.
There are three presses in the etching studio, two with motorized press beds. Separately ventilated acid and solvent washout rooms, each equipped with large vent hoods, provide students with safe and efficient working laboratories. The four presses in the lithography area are capable of pulling large-format work. In the woodcut area there is abundant space for cutting, inking and printing.