KCAI’s Printmaking Program involves the student in a dynamic dialogue between concepts, processes, individual studio narrative, collaboration, professional practice and digital media possibilities. Traditional printmaking processes and concepts, etching, lithography, drawing, collage, silkscreen and post-modern processes including mass media, collaboration, simulation, appropriation and dissemination are taught concurrently. 


Etching is perhaps one of the oldest processes and a core foundation to traditional printmaking. It lays down fundamental ground to understand the metallic matrix and ink and paper properties specific to intaglio printing. As students become fluid with etching and altered intaglio techniques students will look at the history and relevance of printed media as a storyteller and a depository for historical political commentary.

Also, sophomore students learn and apply techniques that are fundamental applications to any printmaker such as paper, matrix, ink properties and proper printing. Throughout the process of drawing, planning and printing, students become familiar with Printmaking key concepts: authorship, multiples and singulars, editions, artists’ proofs, publishing, conservation and dissemination. Relief prints focus on traditional processing of a wooden matrix, linoleum and found or adopted materials to extract images as “found” impressions.


This semester courses expose students to mixed media prints and problem solving. The content takes into consideration technical properties across printmaking techniques on flat surfaces and beyond paper substrate integrating a conglomerate of known processes, supplies, machinery and tools; this approach re-enforces the idea of printmaking as a flexible media. Therefore, this provides students with the capstone for a visual self-expression and require students to develop an original approach with guided assistance from their instructor. This course also requires students to develop a personal narrative in the form of biography.


Senior Advanced Printmaking requires the students to focus on developing their ideas and studio practices through critiques, individual research, and collaborative presentations. The focus of this course is on the development of the student’s individual work and the articulation of the concept it generates. Students expand on their overall studio practice through readings, discussions, field trips and individual research along with a focus on portfolio, techniques, presentation and production of new work.

Printmaking Electives


Students experience making one-of-kind works on paper. Ideas for image development will stem from monotypes and monoprints. Mono-printing and mono-typing have been used as alternative expressions of Printmaking as they have been used as obscure expressions beneath traditional printmaking in museums, galleries, and artists’ appreciation. Expanded graphic media or mono-print has lent itself as a bridge between print, because of its use of a matrix or plates, and other disciplines such as painting, illustration, sculpture, film, and drawing. Students analyze and apply principles of sequential imaging and image development by direct drawing, mirror imaging, and digital intervention.

Photo/Hybrids: Life and Death

This course explores the use of the photographic image as the basis for making layered prints. The course focuses on generating original content through building, collaging, photographing and drawing. These constructions are used for a variety of approaches to creating matrices for printing, from cyanotype, natural emulsions and other alternative photographic processes to photo-based printmaking, cliché verre, and digital negatives. Students learn a variety of printing processes using inks as well as a range of alternative photographic processes, including cyanotype, kallitype, gum bichromate, and screen-printing.

Letterpress: Communications and Rebellions – Art of the Poster

Art of the Poster is a course, designed to introduce students to the fundamentals and technical principles of a variety of letterpress processes. The poster was one of the earliest forms of visual communication that impacted how ideas were spread. By nature, they are bold and graphic and express concepts clearly and succinctly. In this class, we learn about the use of the poster through various cultures and movements while learning the basics of letterpress printing to create a series of poster prints. This begins with typesetting and hand-carved linocut blocks and will later incorporate laser-cut and routered techniques in creating a printable matrix.