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Print and Book Arts

printmaking with visiting artist


Students in printmaking learn both traditional and experimental processes as they develop personal imagery. Students in book arts explore the use of the book as an artist's medium, including methods for making books by hand, as well as concepts related to the book as a format for images and ideas.

samples of prints


In addition to producing their studio work, students are expected to participate in critiques, and engage in reading and research to place their work within the context of both historical and contemporary practice.

Undergraduate students may take classes in printmaking and book arts as electives or as part of a concentration in the BA or BFA programs in Studio Art. *

*Graduate students in the MAT and MFA programs may take classes in printmaking and book arts by special arrangement.

Facilities and Equipment 

The printmaking facility at WCU allows students to work in a variety of print media such as monotypes, intaglios, relief, lithographs using photoplates and ball grain plates, cyanotypes, type, and screen prints.

The shop offers two large etching presses, screenprinting and darkroom, Vandercook proofing presses and type, two book presses, medium size vacuum screenprint table, takach punch registration system, exposure unit suitable for screens and ball grain plates, darkroom for cyanotypes, dedicated spaces for screen washout and acid ventilation, photopolymer plates, hollander for making pulp for papermaking, selection of mouldsand deckles, pellons/felts, hydraulic paper press, and paper drying rack with built-in fan (can accommodate 22x30 sheets of paper) as well as clean workspaces for papermaking, paper preparation and book-binding. In the book arts area, we have two smaller table cutters, one large cutter and guillotine. 

Follow us on Instagram to view students' work! @wcu_bookarts and @printmakingwcu



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