The B.F.A. Non-Toxic Printmaking program gives the students the opportunity to explore lithography, intaglio, relief, and monoprint processes. The first two years of the program provide an introduction to printmaking and to fine art theory and practice. Students are encouraged to develop compositional skills in printmaking classes as well as in all studio art classes. The last two years students will develop a personal style and explore contemporary applications of print media, creating their own unique methods and visual vocabulary.
Printmaking makes use of skills and talents utilized in both painting and drawing for the creation of multiple images. In drawing or painting, the student produces only one original work of art, whereas in printmaking the student has the ability to produce as many identical images as he or she desires. Printmaking is an old and honored method of creating original works of art. There are many methods and ways of generating images. At Shepherd the faculty enjoy assisting students as they learn new and exciting ways to create printed images.
Printmaking graduates have successfully pursued graduate degrees, opened their own printshops, teach college-level printmaking, sell their work at craft shows, galleries, and other venues, work in museums with print collections, or as exhibition curators. Shepherd University is lucky to be located near Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. Both of these cities are home to reputable studio printshops willing to engage interns. Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD, and Goya Girl Press, Baltimore, have excellent national reputations and offer internships. The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, has a teaching printshop with internship opportunities in both the shop and the gallery. The Smithsonian Institute has print-related opportunities for archival and curatorial work with paper, prints and drawings.